The introduction of the anti-superstition ordinance by the Maharashtra government, against superstition, black magic and blind faith, is a step in the right direction (“Maharashtra approves anti-superstition ordinance,” Aug.22).

It is common knowledge that prayer is the connecting link between man and god. One can seek god’s mercy directly, instead of through godmen, who pretend to be the representatives of god. The murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is condemnable. Eradication of black magic and other practices to hoodwink the vulnerable public in god’s name must end.

K.S. Thampi, Chennai

The killing of Narendra Dabholkar is an incident that has especially affected all progressive and right-thinking people. He was known for his relentless mission to persuade the masses from observing superstition. It must be noted that he did this in a peaceful manner. He never went against any religion.

Vijay D. Patil, Pune

Will this lead to a literal witch-hunt? The country has numerous laws to tackle wrong or criminal actions. The state must not step into the personal domain.

Smita Sundarmurthy, Chennai

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