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Apropos of your twin editorials ‘Sole baring’ and ‘Congress’s choice’,one lesson that can be drawn from the growing “shoe-chucking” incidents...

Written by The Indian Express | April 9, 2009 11:53:47 pm

• Apropos of your twin editorials ‘Sole baring’ and ‘Congress’s 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 as well. 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?

— Ved Guliani Hisar

• While I was really elated when Muntader al-Zaidi flung his shoes at US President George W. Bush,it pained me a lot when Jarnail Singh aped al-Zaidi on Tuesday. Now that Home Minister P. Chidambaram doesn’t want a case against Singh,Singh in humility should tender a public apology,and reject the reward of Rs 2 lakh offered by Sikh groups.

— K.P. Rajan Mumbai

Lalu-speak

• This refers to the story ‘I would have crushed Varun under a roller: Lalu’. What happens if some day Lalu Yadav really becomes home minister or prime minister? India is a country ruled by law,and no provision of the law empowers Lalu Yadav to lynch Varun to death. The Election Commission must take action against Lalu Yadav as per provisions of the law.

— M.C. Joshi Lucknow

Partition blame

• It is sheer impetuousness on the part of Bal Thackerey to imply that Nehru alone agreed to the Partition of India. Sardar Patel also favoured the momentous decision taken in June 1947. It was based on the experience the two leaders had of working with the Muslim League leaders in the Interim Government. There was virtually an unseemly war from October 1946 to May 1947 between ministries (then called departments) of the Government of India on account of their being headed by ministers from two different parties. The government machinery had come to a virtual halt. There’s a need to appreciate the dilemma the founding fathers faced. Misleading the new generation with saucy stories is easy,but not morally correct.

— R.C. Mody New Delhi

After London

• I refer to the editorial ‘More than talk’. True,quite a lot has been done at the G-20 summit in London. The total money committed — $1.1 trillion — is quite huge. But,there are two major shortcomings from the Indian perspective. One,there is no talk of granting India a say in the decision-making process in the IMF for whatever it contributes to the Special Drawing Rights. Two,nations have not discussed protectionism. Perhaps Dr Manmohan Singh opted to stay quiet on the issue,because India itself is practising protectionism.

— Raghu Seshadri Chennai

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