This refers to ‘Fact and fission’ by Kapil Sibal (IE, February 13). The current lack of clarity and the blame games over the nuclear “breakthrough” are dispiriting. People want to know all the details about the so-called breakthrough. Indeed, it is our democratic right to at least be kept in the loop on such a critical matter. In fact, if a nuclear mishap were to occur, monetary compensation alone would be inadequate. Nuclear disasters have long-term biological and ecological effects. How will justice be done, keeping this in mind? We need not only clarity on this critical matter but also political consensus. Perhaps the budget session will provide the space for the “breakthrough” to be discussed.
— A. S. Chapanerkar
Nitish Kumar appears to be a man in a hurry (‘“When Manjhi met PM”: Nitish reads a “script” to block him’, IE, February 13). Nitish seems to forget that Jitan Ram Manjhi’s plans started unfolding before he had met the prime minister. Nitish could have waited before rushing to take potshots at Narendra Modi. His accusations of the BJP indulging in horse trading only betray his mistrust of his own MLAs. It is clear that Nitish wants to be in the saddle before the Bihar assembly elections. It is imperative now for the governor to go by the rule book. Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi appears to be doing his job well in this case. Asking Manjhi to take the floor test when the House meets is correct and reasonable.
— Ganapathi Bhat
This refers to the editorial, ‘Shocking pink’ (IE, February 13). It is surprising that millions of women voters in the UK did not exercise their franchise in the last elections. Successive governments have failed to keep promises or improve the lot of women. After coming to power, politicians throw away their promises in the lust for money. In most countries, they are not an accountable lot. If a party or politician fails to keep a promise, it should be made punishable through the judiciary. Only then will people show some interest in exercising their franchise.
— R. Gururajan,
The resolution passed by the Tamil National Alliance shows the grievances and mistrust that run deep among the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka (‘A time for healing’, IE, February 13). However, the TNA must work in tandem with the Maithripala Sirisena government for the development of the Northern Province. Sirisena, for his part, needs to ensure that the trust and confidence of the Northern Province is restored and justice is done.
— Badal Jain