TAMIL NADU

A heady brew

Sir, — The article "A heady brew of religion, law and politics" (Nov. 27) was a classic piece of unbiased and objective journalism.

As for the dictum, all are "equal before the law," there is the hidden clause "conditions apply."

Nitin Desai, Chennai

Sir, — The article "The Sankaracharya case" (Nov. 26) exposes the hypocrisy of political Hinduism. No doubt, the arrest of the Kanchi seer evokes a sense of pain in the hearts of Hindu devotees.

But it also reminds us of the rhetorical question that Chaucer's Parson asks in The Canterbury Tales: "If gold rusts, what shall iron do?"

R. Rajasekaran, Villupuram, T.N.

Sir, — The devotees of almost all the religious organisations are rarely interested in the original objectives for which they were established. Just as most political party workers do not know what their parties stand for. The heads of these organisations create a powerful coterie. The devotees must remain vigilant.

S. Vivek, Chennai

Sir, — The rule of law has different yardsticks for the common man and the politician. Pusillanimity does not make for fair play.

V. Kameswaran, Chennai

Sir, — Three things are clearly above the law — vote bank, money power and terrorists (with whom the governments ultimately negotiate).

Surendra Kumar, New Delhi

Sir, — Mr. Advani has said that the Acharya's case should be transferred to another State. Transferring cases every now and then will damage the credibility of the judiciary. Instead of asking for special treatment, it would be wiser to call for a fair trial.

A. Amudhavnanan, Chennai

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