This refers to the editorial, ‘Then who?’ (IE, March 24). The Hashimpura judgment is highly disappointing and shows the sorry state of the Indian judicial system. The judgment will signal a threat to minorities, making them feel vulnerable to the law of the land, even though everyone is supposed to be “equal before law”. If democracy is to be practised in letter and spirit, minorities must have faith in the judiciary. Incidents like the Hashimpura massacre, where the state seems to be the perpetrator and victims belong to the minority, should go through a speedy trial and the judiciary must be extra-sensitive in dealing with such cases. If the guilty go scot free, it could have the long-term effect of socially and politically alienating minorities.
— Dheeraj Kumar, Ranchi
Well done, team
India’s defeat in the semifinal of the World Cup (‘He tried’, IE, March 26) is a low point for this cricket-loving nation. But it should be taken in the spirit of sportsmanship. We must accept defeat gracefully and imbibe the lessons it teaches us. We must learn to recognise our weaknesses so that we can improve our performance for the future. It also needs to be reiterated that we played our best and reached the semifinals without losing a single match. It’s time to cheer the Indian team for working as a force that unites and gives happiness to Indians.
— Arpit Jain, Delhi
Misogyny on show
Anushka Sharma has been the butt of all jokes after Australia thrashed India in Sydney. Why? Is being the girlfriend of one of the world’s best batsmen a crime? If the team plays badly, why should an outsider be blamed? Australia played brilliantly and took India down with surgical precision. Congratulations to them for their victory and their efforts. The Indian side also played exceptionally well until the semis. The loss against the Australians on Thursday was a one-off — it was just not Team India’s day. This is part and parcel of sports. The better team won.
— S.N. Kabra, Mumbai
This refers to ‘What the photo didn’t show: 1,700 students, five rooms, two math teachers’ (IE, March 27). This photo is just the tip of the iceberg. Education is a constitutional right. But we know what goes on in the name of education. How can we “Make in India” if we can’t even properly educate our children. We need to make learning fun and totally revamp the evaluation process. Additionally, students should be placed in the correct standard for their level of learning, not their age. We are heading towards a national disaster and had better take this challenge seriously.
— P.P. Lala, Kalyani
An aam party
This refers to ‘Distrust deepens, AAP countdown begins for easing out Yadav and Prashant Bhushan’ (IE, March 27). One thing is quite clear: the Aam Aadmi Party is just like any other political outfit. There is nothing special about its style of functioning. It certainly does not hold the promise of an alternative politics.
— Shifa Sikri, Ferozpur