Letters to the Editor

Print edition : November 08, 2019


THE draconian Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), if thrust upon the nation, would aggravate the already volatile scenario in the country (Cover Story, October 11). By abusing Article 21, the Sangh Parivar has hit below the belt, and those who raised their voices against the authoritarian agenda were booked for raising their voices against lynching.

The second innings of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is marked by gross violation of all norms of democracy. In Kashmir, the arbitrary detention of the leaders of the opposition exposes the true intention of the BJP.

S. Murali

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

THE intention behind the National Register of Citizens may have been to identify foreigners but it has turned out to be a weapon to divide people on religious and linguistic lines (“The NRC is a subversion”, October 11).

The ill-thought-out moves by the ruling party, with the blessings of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), in order to appease its vote bank might hurt the country’s sovereignty and severely dent the people’s faith in the Constitution.

Muzammil Haque

Parappanangadi, Malappuram, Kerala

President Trump

FOR the majority of Americans, it is a love-hate relationship with President Donald Trump (“Trump in trouble”, October 25). The call for impeachment is not strong as yet. Only the Democrats are planning the move for impeachment in the House of Representatives, where they have a thin majority. Trump has taken several controversial measures that pleased Republicans and far-right Americans. His stand on immigrants has been received well by some Americans though a small number of of them are not too happy with the move to restrict immigration. The United States economy is booming and it has reached a trade agreement with China, its major trading partner, after prolonged and tough negotiations. The presidential election is due only in 2020. Barring last-minute changes, Trump’s re-election is likely to come through.

D.B.N. Murthy


Muharram in Karnataka

THE article “Festival of harmony” (October 25) was informative. The rapport among different communities in Karnataka is good and communities in other States need to learn from them. But it is a tragedy that the minorities are being traumatised across the country, particularly in northern India.

Muhammed Owais Khan


Justice V.K. Tahilramani

THID is in response to the article titled “Questionable transfer” (October 11). The Chief Justice of India (CJI) and the members of the collegium are answerable for the transfer of Chief Justice V.K. Tahilramani from the Madras High Court to the Meghalaya High Court without hearing her and assigning cogent reasons.

The entire legal fraternity of Tamil Nadu (“‘Arbitrary’ act”, October 11) boycotted court proceedings in protest against the transfer, calling it a clear case of arbitrary exercise of power. There is no transparency in the system. If a judge does not get justice, the common man will lose faith in the courts.

Ashok Nihalani

Pune, Maharashtra

Chandrayaan-2 mission

THE efforts of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to establish link with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander were laudable (“So near yet so far”, October 11). The Chandrayaan-2 launch proves that our scientists have made great strides in space technology, which is a matter of pride and prestige for Indians. In this context, it would be apt to recollect the German proverb “Great things are done more through courage than through wisdom”.

A.J. Rangarajan

New Jersey, United States

The Amazon

HUMAN beings have to live amid the chaos and disasters in the world (“Amazon ablaze”, September 27). Every day brings a new set of problems. Despite advances in technology, the world community finds it difficult to cope with crisis situations. We are all dependent on natural resources, so the blazing fire in the Amazon rainforest evoked a global outcry. Green areas the world over, such as the Amazon rainforest, should be protected at all costs. The international community must get serious about preventing wildfires.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai



EVER since India opted for a neoliberal economy, reports of large-scale scams surface now and then (“Pending questions”, September 13). Scams are symptoms of a disease brought about by the new capitalist economic order. The malady is deep-rooted. P. Chidambaram, former Union Minister, is allegedly involved in a huge scam which led to his arrest. He was a strong advocate of neoliberal economy but he has fallen victim to a disease afflicting the entire world. While the ruling BJP government has taken this opportunity to preach morals to the country, the Congress is struggling to keep its image intact.

S. Neelakantan

Salem, Tamil Nadu

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