Letters to the Editor

Print edition : January 31, 2020

Anti-CAA protests

THE Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) has proved to be a monumental disaster, with the countrywide protests, almost uprisings, catching the BJP-led Centre unawares (Cover Story, January 17). In view of the mammoth protest rallies across the country, the Centre must beat a hasty retreat from its plan of implementing the National Register of Indian Citizens.

The aura of invincibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that prevailed after the revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir and pro-Sangh verdict in the Babri Masjid case seems to have vanished.

S. Murali, Vellore, Tamil Nadu

IT is through protest rallies that people express their outrage against any unconstitutional or anti-humanitarian action taken by the government (“Reign of terror”, January 17). But it seems that this option is under threat as the government has unleashed a reign of terror throughout India against those who protest. Democracy seems to be losing out to dictatorship. The proposed detention centres will resemble Hitler’s concentration camps.

Sirajuddin Shaikh, Birbhum, West Bengal

THE CAA has nothing to do with Muslims or any other religious community. It has nothing to do with Hindu Rashtra, as is being claimed by the government’s detractors. I fail to understand why there is so much fuss about it all over the country. The CAA is about providing citizenship to everyone in India who is staying in the country. There is no question of taking back the Indian citizenship of a person. Let us be calm and trust the government.

Devansh Mehta, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Workers’ safety

THE proposals of the National Commission on Labour relating to the occupational safety and health of workers are apt (”Deadly violation”, January 17). But the frequent deaths of workers, the most recent ones being in the fire tragedies in Delhi, show that the lessons have not been learnt. The authorities concerned should treat these incidents as another warning about what happens when safety measures are ignored in workplaces. Everyone has the responsibility to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening in the future by ensuring that buildings they are in charge of have the mandatory safety measures.

A.J. Rangarajan, Chennai

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