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Letters to the editor: Subtle violence

Narendra Modi government seems to have a penchant for ordinances, particularly because of the logjam in the Upper House.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: January 21, 2015 12:42:54 am

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Letters to the editor

Subtle violence
I DEEPLY appreciate the views of Irena Akbar in ‘Terror of hypocrisy’ (IE, January 19). Perhaps we all have to speak in one voice to condemn violence. Even subtle, yet obnoxious, forms of violence like the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. But there are hardly any apologies for such forms of violence — though, of course, no number would be sufficient. If at all, I have one objection to raise. The writer uses the word “co-religionists” frequently. But I prefer that one not call terrorists of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram etc “co-religionists”. They don’t understand the precepts of Islam. Just because they claim to be Muslim does not make them so.
— Melwin Pinto S.J.
Vatican Radio
Rome

Capital mystery
APROPOS ‘BJP and the AAPosition’ (IE, January 14) by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, we seem to forget that there is a third party in the race for Delhi: the Congress, which is struggling to remain relevant after being in power for 15 years. The two other main parties, the BJP and the AAP, are not in comfortable positions. The former is desperate to revive the Modi wave, which seems to have lost steam after an anticlimactic eight months in power. And the latter is struggling to undo the self-inflicted damage of its 49-day misrule. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, up till now the only face of the BJP, seems to have been compelled to bring in outside talent.
— S.R. Purandare
Pune

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Elder statesman
n WITH President Pranab Mukherjee cautioning that the Constitution only confers on the executive limited powers to promulgate ordinances, the NDA government will now have to think twice before it takes that route. The Narendra Modi government seems to have a penchant for ordinances, particularly because of the logjam in the Upper House, where it is at a numerical disadvantage. The president chose to articulate his views on the issue for the first time while reminding lawmakers on either side of the divide of their role and responsibilities. He wisely took on the Opposition, saying that a “noisy minority cannot be allowed to gag a patient majority” and that India’s diversity and the magnitude of its problems required Parliament to be a more effective platform to build consensus on public policies.
— J.S. Acharya
Hyderabad

All work, no play
n HOW must BJP members who have patiently been serving the party feel about the sudden induction of Kiran Bedi? How must they feel about a complete outsider being vaulted to the top of the food chain? Besides, Bedi’s track record isn’t spotless. Remember the airline fare reimbursement drama?
— B.K. Chatterjee
Faridabad

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