A hockey stick-wielding cop is not a crusader; he is a menace (“Nothing wrong in Mumbai Police imposing ‘right values’,” July 13). As long as my going out (having night-outs with friends, including women) does not create a nuisance for anyone else, I don’t see how I can be on the wrong side of the law. One doesn’t drink, that’s fine. In fact, that’s great. But I do and that’s also fine, if not great by V. Gangadhar’s exalted standards.

The writer’s gentle references to his daughters choosing their life partners to justify being called modern (and “qualified”) enough to lecture others on moral standards smack more of the I-have-led-a-hard-and-simple-life, so-should-you attitude. People like us who have worked hard all these years and continue to do so want a way of life that is lawful and, at the same time, on our terms.

Abhishek Kr. Deo,


“Any city needs a night life …” argues Sidharth Bhatia. Whose night life is he referring to? Of sweepers who sweep the dust off the roads, those who distribute milk packets at the break of dawn or those who drift their days and nights at cosmopolitan pubs? If it is the latter, I don’t understand why nocturnal life is so important for a city.

K. Manas Teja,


The cosmopolitan nature of a city is not determined by celebrity parties and bashful nights. A minority partying away, giving the majority sleepless nights, is certainly not a mark of a progressive and equitable society. It is time we uprooted the “copy paste westernism” syndrome and conserved the Indian-ness of our culture.

Johnson P. John,


There is a hue and cry when the police do nothing. When they try to clear their image with some seriousness, we start hounding them. Sometimes the police are right and sometimes the public is right. Let us hope the policeman will do their work without causing much embarrassment to the common people.

Debodyoti Dutta Choudhury,


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