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Posted at: Oct 15, 2017, 1:46 AM; last updated: Oct 15, 2017, 2:35 AM (IST)

Hallmark of democracy

Not one, but all rational Hindus speak of wrongs being done in society (‘A Hindu Speaks’). Nayantara Sehgal was perhaps the first woman icon who dared to raise voice in favour of ‘dissent’ and freedom of speech. Dissent is the hallmark of vibrant and healthy democracy. Hindu religion was considered the most tolerant which accepted god in all forms. Demeaning such a laudable philosophy and replacing it with polarisation, hatred and division amounts to  defeating the very idea of secularism. 

BM Singh, Amritsar


On reading the first part of the write-up where Nayantara Sehgal states the personal reason why she is against Hindutva, one is bound to be convinced that those who butchered Akhlaq and Pehlu Khan should be hanged and those who are justifying these murders should be severely dealt with. But in the second part where she speaks of the political reason of her opposition to Hindutva, she says nothing new. Such writers never speak against those who use the language of terrorism. Did such writers ever speak when Dr Pankaj Narang was butchered in Delhi by a group of those who always speak the language of violence? Did they ever speak against the oppression perpetrated against Hindus in Kashmir? Did they speak against the injustice meted out to Shah Bano and in several other similar instances? No. 

Khazan Singh Gulia, Rohtak


Any sect propagating violence, fear and fanaticism constitutes a bogus and static idea. A true religion must repudiate bigotry and cherish the beauty of freedom to worship. All killers and maimers counterfeiting in the name of religion or faith are nothing but sinners and criminals who have no wisdom, compassion and value of life or law. The law must pro-actively identify and prosecute the practitioners of such religiosity.

Satyawan Malik, Jind


The article sheds light on the unwarranted goings-on in the country in the name of religion. They all go against the proven Indian sagacity that has creditably sustained Indian civilization. The Constitution reaffirms the virtues of the secular character of the state. To meet contemporary challenges, India needs to prefer the sanctioned route of secular rule of law over religion.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

Revamp Railways

Undoubtedly, the pace of demand is a critical area warranting renewed focus (‘Wish you a safe journey!’).  Of late, the Railways has been much in the news for all wrong reasons. The functioning of the Railways is like running a family. Fund crunch or other constraints become secondary in view of a degrading work culture, faulty promotional benchmarking and arbitrary promotions.  The Railways should devise corporate norms and overhaul the organisational structure.  

BS Rajpal, Mohali


Railway officials are so much engrossed in corruption that they do not bother about passenger safety and unhygienic conditions. Corrupt railway officials are responsible for the loss of lives in train accidents. The need of the hour is to curb crime and corruption inherent in the system.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Imaginative idea

Kudos to Harvinder Khetal for her write-up (‘Of cosmic & individual symphonies’). Linking the three Nobel Prizes into a common theme of cosmic rhythm of our outer and inner universe was an imaginative idea. We look forward to more of such literary articles.

MM Mathur, Delhi

Unrest at BHU

Varanasi is considered a model of Indian traditions and culture. The recent police highhandedness at BHU was unacceptable (‘BHU ailing, any remedy?’). As a nation we seem to hate love and love to hate. We have become a society that scorns at public display of affection, but condones open defecation and  violence.  The BHU administrators sound more like some mullahs who are determined to force their ideology on students. 

Mona Singh, by email

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