JNU crackdown justified
The JNU incident constitutes a blatant abuse and misuse of the Article 19 of the Constitution (right to free speech). That too, there being no immediate provocation for such orchestrated protest rallies and dharna in the last few days. Also, the use of the phrase “judicial killing of Afzal Guru” is appalling, unconstitutional and contemptuous. This proves that these people have no faith in the country’s judicial process. Our judicial system has, till date, upheld the sacred values enshrined in our Constitution, unlike our neighbour where the Constitution has been changed thrice. The faculty members of the JNU, by keeping silent, are also guilty of tacitly encouraging and supporting this highly seditious activity which was organised illegally as the organisers had no permission to defile the JNU campus. Sedition charges have been rightly slapped against some of the organisers of the pro-Afzal Guru tamasha. More such anti-nationals should be identified expeditiously. They should be debarred from holding any government jobs and their passports should be confiscated now. They should be put in a centralised data bank so that they can be identified whenever they make their next move, in the campus or outside. Indians, at large, will not be forgiven if they don’t rise like one man and decry the present traitorous happenings in JNU, which has lowered its own high reputation as a centre of excellence. JNU, or any other campus, should not be permitted to lend its premises for such highly anti-national activity. Kashmiri youth who are at the forefront of the present protests, should realise that it is in their own interests to think twice before plunging headlong into any move which may be perceived as anti-India.
Directorate of Enforcement
Cap steel imports
Apropos of the edit “Promoting hawala” (FE, February 23), the government should have pre-empted this unintended consequence of having a floor price for steel imports. India needs to protect domestic production of steel against cheap imports. Higher import duty will violate WTO provisions. So, a way out would have been to cap the quantity that can be imported. That should check imports while avoiding hawala and WTO problems.
Sumona Pal, Kolkata
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