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Letters to the editor: RIP, Verghese

B.G. Verghese spoke fiercely in favour of protecting the civil liberties of all communities.

Updated: January 1, 2015 12:29:42 am

In the passing of B.G. Verghese, India has lost one of its finest journalists and fearless advocates of human rights (‘B.G. Verghese, former Express editor and civil rights advocate, dies at 87’, IE, December 31). I had the opportunity to listen to and interact with Verghese on a few occasions and found him to be very humble. He spoke fiercely in favour of protecting the civil liberties of all communities. He was worried about the prevailing atmosphere of pessimism and gloom. His articles and books are full of insight and will guide rights activists, journalists, academicians and policymakers on a myriad of issues for a long time to come.
— Manzar Imam

The ultimate hero
Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman have all gone. Now, we’ll miss another experienced stalwart, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. His abrupt retirement from Test cricket brings to an end an interesting era. For a few weeks now, it was becoming increasingly evident that the pressure was getting to Dhoni and that he was no longer “Captain Cool”. He infused confidence in his team and maintained the dignity of his office. Dhoni was a brilliant captain and took India to the top in all formats of the game. For the post-Tendulkar generation, he was the ultimate hero. He leaves behind a daunting legacy.
—  J. Akshay

Start talking
Apropos the editorial, ‘Keeping perspective’ (IE, December 31), there is no harm if India exerts political pressure on Pakistan in order to ensure that Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is not released on bail. Lakhvi, Lashkar-e-Toiba’s operations commander and key accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case, is a dangerous man. Pakistan claims that it is serious about tackling terrorism. But its actions aren’t matched by its words. However, there can’t be two views about the fact that there is an urgent need to restart serious dialogue between our two nations.
—  S. Kumar

Cease and desist
The haste and frequency with which the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has been promulgating ordinances shows it in a bad light. The ordinance-passing powers of the executive are meant to be used in an emergency. Rather than facing up to the Opposition and making an effort to break the logjam in Parliament, the BJP is busy promulgating ordinances. This is a mockery of well-established constitutional principles. It is hoped that the BJP, which stormed to power on the plank of good governance, will, in future, desist from indulging in such constitutional impropriety.
— M. Jeyaram

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