M G Warrier, Mumbai
With reference to “BJP MLA’s cow remark meant to bolster communal activities: CPM” (July 23), the claim of the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Madhya Pradesh that stray cows are a menace for the state’s farmers and his “solution” exposes the hollowness of his ideology.
Since the state’s farmers reportedly discard their cows when they lose their usefulness, forcing families with below poverty line cards to rear cows is ludicrous, impractical and illogical. The thugs professing to be gau rakshaks and having links with communal outfits must desist from lynchings over beef and help the authorities to resolve the stray cow problem by taking the cattle under their protection. But it is unlikely to be so, as the cow is mere a political animal for the so-called gau rakshaks and their masters.
Samiul Hassan Quadri, Bikaner
Permit me a small diversion in these grim times of intolerance and sundry mayhem. The Chinese Whispers item “A ‘ban’ on the lay-off question” (July 24) mentions Abidali Neemuchwala’s reference to the question “When did you last beat your wife?” The correct allusion should have been to the predicament posed by being asked to reply yes or no to the question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” either answer to which would damn the respondent as a confirmed spouse-abuser!
Shreekant Sambrani, Vadodara
The Aurangabad district magistrate’s appeal to villagers to sell their wives if they can’t afford to build toilet shows the dark side of 19th century Weberian bureaucracy being followed in India, where an administrator becomes so blinded by the government targets that he is divorced from social realities and human emotions. We need civil servants to be dedicated to government schemes, but it is foolish to believe sustainable change can be brought
about by being aloof from society.
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