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Disciplinary action must be taken against MPs for disrupting the work of other public servants.

December 18, 2014 12:32:28 am

Apropos the editorial, ‘A special kind of evil’ (IE, December 17), there are no words to condemn the brutal terrorist attack on an army school in Peshawar, which killed 132 children and left many others injured, psychologically and physically. The sorrow and shock of their inconsolable parents is unimaginable. This attack is a clarion call for introspection by Pakistan’s civil and military establishment. This attack is a result of their double standards on terror. There is pressing need for collective global action against terrorists. For the Pakistani establishment, the status quo is untenable. Pakistan has become a victim of its own trap.

— M.C. Joshi (Lucknow)

Indeed, there can be no greater sacrilege than the killing of children. In Peshawar, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, just one among many warped terror groups that claims to be acting in god’s name, crossed all limits on Tuesday. In the face of such despicable mass murder, how should the countless millions who believe in god but also in humanity, peace and harmony react? Moderate Muslims must assert that these actions are not in their name. Even as we of other faiths stand in solidarity with such courageous voices from the world of Islam, let us find the fortitude to condemn and destroy the monsters breeding in our own faiths. Let us not speak of “Hindu terrorists” or “Muslim terrorists”. They are all the same — evil, vile murderers who must be put down, not with hatred but with detachment.

— R.P. Subramanian (Delhi)

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You’re on the clock

The frequent adjournment of the Rajya Sabha on flimsy grounds makes one wonder whether MPs are serious about their role. MPs are public servants and are paid salaries and allowances out of taxpayers’ money. As salaried public servants, they should be subject to the well-accepted norm of “no work, no pay”. Disciplinary action must be taken against them for disrupting the work of other public servants. Unruly behaviour is not what they are paid for. The issues that opposition parties wish to debate can be raised by giving due notice as per the norms, procedures and rules.

— H.K. Kulkarni (Pune)

Baby steps

Apropos the editorial, ‘A deep cut’ (IE, December 17), both CPI and WPI inflation are well under control. We have had a good harvest and the prices of vegetables, edible oil, petrol and diesel are coming down, as are the twin deficits: current account and fiscal. The time has come for the RBI to cut rates. At the very least, the RBI must start making shallow cuts to the repo rate before going for the deep one.

— N.R. Nagarajan (Sivakasi)

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