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This refers to ‘Curtains on Saifai event as stars praise CM, Mulayam’ (IE, January 10). * This refers to Justice denied by Pratap Bhanu Mehta (IE,December 12). Justice Singhvi rightly asked people to read his judgment on Section 377 carefully. It is unfortunate how he and his judgment are being attacked. The Centre is the real villain of the piece. Its constantly shifting stand on the issue confused matters for the court. It seems that a law officer may have led the court to believe that the Centre was considering the addition of a proviso to Section 377 whereby consenting adults would be exempt from prosecution and punishment under the section. All hope is not lost. The onus is now on the government to seek a review of the judgment by a larger bench. Parliamentarians can also shoulder the cause by doing a little more than tweeting their support. The necessity to amend the law and decriminalise certain forms of consensual sexual activity cannot be stressed more. Ganapathi Bhat. Akola. * How can something that occurs in nature as homosexuality does be deemed unnatural? It is ironic that the British,who drafted the Indian Penal Code,have themselves changed their position on sexual activity that is against the order of nature. The Supreme Court is right in asserting that it is Parliaments duty to make and amend laws. But with all due respect,its the courts constitutional responsibility to uphold fundamental rights,which Section 377 undoubtedly violates. Parliament doesnt inspire much hope. The day when it rectifies this egregious violation of peoples rights is not near. Abhishek Raskar. Pune. Work in progress. * This refers to Victory in the Valley by Syed Ata Hasnain (IE,December 11). In his well-argued rejoinder to Shekhar Guptas Disarming Kashmir (IE,December 7),the writer set the record straight on many issues relating to Kashmir and the armys role. Armchair experts and critics are famous for applying their scanty knowledge of the ground situation and misreading developments,and then recommending solutions that have no relevance to the situation in J&K. The writer has done well to point out all that has been achieved and,looking forward,what needs to be done now winning the hearts and minds of Kashmiris. There are several issues that need to be attended to before we can confidently pull the army out. R.J. Khurana. Bhopal. Lateral thinking. * This refers to Learning to experiment (IE,December 12). The enhancement of the quality of engineering education programmes is the need of the hour in India. Several engineering colleges lack well-trained teachers. Perhaps they can benefit from the IITs virtual lectures.
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