Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week Award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to editpage @expressindia.com or sent to The Indian Express, B-1/B, Sector 10, Noida-UP, 201301.
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This refers to ‘In House, land line gives Congress a Rahul recharge’ (IE, April 21). In his speech in the Lok Sabha, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi repeatedly pointed at his opposition and called Narendra Modi “your PM”. When BJP members protested and said that he is the country’s prime minister, Rahul shot back saying, Modi was the country’s prime minister alright but did that mean he was not their prime minister? I fail to understand if Rahul was trying to be funny or if, after his long sabbatical, probably outside India, he had lost sight of the fact that he is also a citizen of this country and that makes Modi his prime minister as well. Or is it
just a case of arrogance and contempt for democratic institutions?
— A.K. Shukla
Death of humanity
It is unfortunate and tragic that a farmer from Rajasthan committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in full view of thousands of people at an AAP rally in Delhi. Apparently, the people present there preferred to take photographs of the incident rather than try to stop it. Timely action by the onlookers could have saved the farmer’s life. But instead of taking quick action then, a futile blame game has now started.
— S.K. Khosla
At a time when the farmer community is in extreme distress because of the unseasonal rains, politics should have been set aside — the government and Opposition should have sat across the table and tried to find ways to bring relief to farmers. Instead, the Opposition sees in the rural distress an easy opportunity to score political points. The editorial, ‘Two speeches’ (IE, April 22) raised a pertinent question: does the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress have an alternate roadmap to offer the beleaguered farming community? Rahul’s speeches reflect poorly on him and his party. They were low on substance and high on rhetoric. The country needs both agriculture and industry. The government has to be the facilitator for the farmer as well as the industrialist.
— M.C. Joshi
The right to work
This refers to ‘Eating beef not fundamental right, Maharashtra tells HC’ (IE, April 22). The Maharashtra government is using the usual diversionary tactics to shift focus from the real issue. Eating beef might not
be a fundamental right, but a fair and equal opportunity to earn one’s livelihood is. The abrupt outlawing of the beef trade has done away with the only source of many people’s livelihood.
— Nivedita Dwivedi