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Posted at: Dec 10, 2017, 1:20 AM; last updated: Dec 10, 2017, 1:20 AM (IST)

National shame

The demolition of Babri Masjid brought, caused and inflicted a national shame (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘25 years ago, India was challenged, changed’). Thereafter, the course of Hindutva started growing fiercer, moreover extra-judicial. Mobocracy came into fashion to unsettle the rule of law. Community savers, animal protectors and chelas are frequently seen at loggerheads with the law machinery. The pending judgment on the Masjid demolition will, perhaps, help the country consolidate its secular image, albeit it is said that justice delayed is justice denied.

Sylvia Malik, Jind


The Ayodhya issue has gone too far on political and religious fronts. It has become a poll plank for the political parties. To resolve it, the best course of action would be either to turn it into a heritage site or build both temple and mosque within the disputed site. If the latter option is adopted, it can set an example of communal harmony. 

M Kumar, New Delhi


Each year, the media makes us remember an act that resulted in the demolition of a lifeless disputed structure. The history of independent India has many ugly instances — 1984 Sikh riots, exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990 and 2002 Gujarat riots. The murder and mass migration of Hindus from the Valley remains to be the least priority. Prudence demands that the sensitivities of the people that have gone through pain and agony should be reflected in the media in a balanced way. 

Sanjay Wali, Solan 

Standing firm

Politicians’ itch for overstepping their jurisdiction is not a hidden secret (Kaffeeklatsch). In 1999, when the BJP came to power, its hardliners sought to rewrite the Constitution. However, Justice AS Anand, the then Chief Justice of India, frustrated the ulterior motives of these self-seekers by taking a stand against attempts to tamper with the Constitution. One wonders what shape the Constitution would have taken and what would have been its repercussions had these zealots been allowed to have their sway. 

Chanchal S Mann, Una

Faith tussle

The Congress V-P’s visit to Somnath Temple has been politicised to create a faith tussle (Mockingbird: ‘Rahul Gandhi vs Rani Padmavati: Who is real?’). By highlighting the fact that Rahul signed in a Non-Hindu register, the BJP has negated the RSS’ ideology that all Indians are Hindus. What needs to be explained is: why should any register for recording the devotees’ religion be maintained at a place of worship? A devotee’s religion has nothing to do with his/her visit to a place of worship. Moreover, what religion Rahul Gandhi belongs to should not be a concern for the BJP or any party. 

MS Khokhar, by email

Governance at doorstep

Organising open darbars is the legacy of the past (Indepth). Holding such public meetings is a good idea as the complainants get a direct access to the Chief Minister. If not instant, a follow-up is swift. These darbars keep the rulers connected with the people. 

Ravi Sharma, Jammu


‘In Punjab, opposite ‘cultures’ collide’ was apt. Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal organised four sangat darshan programmes. He wasted the taxpayers’ money with impunity to boost his public image.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

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