• Apropos of your twin editorials Sole baring and Congresss choice,one lesson that can be drawn from the growing shoe-chucking incidents is that common people across the world are getting fed up with the hypocritical functioning of the political leaders. Such an act,coming from whatever source,must be condemned,but it should also force our leaders to self-introspect. They are not only attempting to impede the course of justice through manipulative use of their powers,they are also stifling democratic ways of protest. Is it not ironical that despite indictment by the Nanavati commission of inquiry into the 1984 Sikh riots,the CBI has given a clean chit to both Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar?
• Jarnails Singhs shoe-throwing was met with applause by the Sikh community. The message may well be correct though the manner wasnt. The anger boiling in the Sikh community has become a threat to the Congress. Jagdish Tytlers clean chit has raised a storm in Punjab,and many political parties will bank on the popular emotion sweeping the community. However,the biggest concern is the credibility of the CBI. The organisation has lost sight of its significance and the objective behind its existence if the report submitted to the Supreme Court was influenced/ manipulated by political parties.
Miles to go
• Jarnail Singhs lobbing of the shoe at the home minister has had the desired effect the withdrawal of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumars candidatures. But surely this punishment is not enough for those believed to be involved in the 1984 retaliatory attacks.
• The Congress has shown some sanity in axing the candidatures of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar despite the fact that they had no other option. It wont be long before the BJP faces the same dilemma with Narendra Modi for his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The BJP party members feel that Modis case is different from that of the above two,since he has not been charge-sheeted. Well,in spite of the CBIs clean chit to Tytler twice,isnt the truth self-evident?
Take up the pen
• Jarnail Singhs action was shocking. Such behaviour is not expected of a journalist,given that journalism counts as a fourth pillar of democracy. It is paramount for journalists to maintain its gravity. Further,journalists are a sophisticated section of society who are supposed to work with the aim of clarifying the picture,not publicising it.
No good words
• Regretfully,some of our politicians do not have control over their tongues and thus tend to spew statements with the aim of raising controversy (Metaphor minefield,IE,April 9). It seems as though hate speech,abusive language and mud-slinging have found an important place prior to the general elections. Those who indulge in such activities aggravate the already tense and charged political climate.
Prem K. Menon
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