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How words can hurt?IE July 1) Indeedbigotry doesnt become any more palatable simply because one adopts a genial veneer and speaks in a language traditionally associated with liberalism and tolerance The author is right in supporting the ban on a visa for the televangelist because a democratic society has every right to reject fundamentalism in whichever garb it is cloakedand also to send an unambiguous message to the global community as to what behavioural norms are acceptable in a civilised society Andas the author suggests in the postscriptwhy doesnt the learned doctor accept the invitation for debate by BMSD and MCB After allhe himself challenged Pope Benedict XVI to a live debate in September 2006 Ajay Tyagi Mumbai Oil doublespeak Your editorial Anti-frees (IEJuly 1) called a spade a spade The BJPin its attempt to reinvent and to fit into the role of a viable alternative partyis trying desperately to assert itself But the issues it seems to be harping on are bland and insipid It seems to have taken on the literal meaning of opposition and seems to be opposing each and every action of the government without looking into the merits of the case Opposing while in opposition what you have stood for while in government is bad politicsand people detest it as doublespeak The BJP is running the risk of being a votary for an untenable and unviable economy Ashok Goswami Mumbai Your editorial Anti-frees was trenchant in its analysis Indefinitely subsidising petroleum products is unsustainable economics But I would like to raise another point The hike in fuel prices comes at a time when the nation is reeling under the effects of inflation Most essential commodities are already out of the reach of the common man Before hiking the pricesthe government should have asked the oil companies to cut down their wasteful expenditure and pilferage and maximise their efficiency to minimise the accumulated loss Francis Kuriakose Puducherry It is reported that the opposition parties have banded together to see that Bharat is Bandh as a protest against the rise in petrol and LPG prices Our politicians have always believed that when the common man is tottering as a result of the progressive policies of the governmenta knock-out punch on the public will be a perfect political response to the government and will also be appreciated by the hapless victims Anil P Bagarka Mumbai For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 6 2017 4:12 am The fraudster called the victim claiming himself to be an employee of Paytm stationed at their Noida headquarters Top News The first case of fraudulent withdrawal of money through Paytm wallet was reported in Chandigarh on Thursday A fraudster called Gagandeep Kaur of Sector 23 obtained her Paytm details and within minutes withdrew about Rs 18000 from her bank account The fraudster called the victim claiming himself to be an employee of Paytm stationed at their Noida headquarters The incident took place some days ago but an FIR was registered after a thorough investigation on Thursday Sources said the accused introduced himself as Rahul and demanded her Paytm details In her complaint to the police Kaur who is an employee with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) stated “I had only Rs 18000 in my account The money was withdrawn within minutes of receiving the call When I enquired from the bank I came to know about the cheating” Inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon incharge of cyber cell said it was the first such case reported in Chandigarh A case was registered at the Sector 17 police station For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsLong before the Gujarat Assembly election there was one thing that was clear about the Karnataka Assembly polls about five months from now: It will be a tough fight for the BJP against the ruling Congress The Gujarat verdict has only confirmed it BJP president Amit Shah the celebrated impresario of elections whose skills in selling brand BJP can shame corporate marketing mavens had sensed this months ago At a closed door meetingin Bengaluru in August Shah pointedly asked local BJP leaders how many seats the party would win in the 224-seat Assembly He patiently heard the chants of "150" from the leaders including state unit president and chief-minister-in-waiting BS Yeddyurappa Shah himself had earlier set the target of 150 seats — something the party began to call "Mission 150" This is either because Shah was fond of this figure or because it was his way of telling partymen to "get in there and knock ’em dead" he also set the target of 150 in Gujarat So when the Karnataka leaders chorused "150" at the party meeting they thought it would be like Carnatic music to Shah’s ears Except it wasn’t With barely-concealed irritation he told them they would be lucky to win 80 seats "if elections are held today" and dictated plenty of dos and don’ts to ensure a victory Topping that list was an aggressive campaign against corruption during the regime of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah File image of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi PTI Mission 150 Forget it This was five months ago There is nothing to suggest that the situation has changed dramatically since then If there was any fallout of that meeting it was only that we began to hear less about "Mission 150" since then We may stop hearing it entirely now that the party has woefully fallen short of the 150-mark in Gujarat For the record however the BJP claims that the Gujarat victory has boosted its chances of returning to power in Karnataka after a five-year gap But the reality at least for now seems to be the exact opposite if only because the BJP’s reduced margin in Modi’s home state now makes the party look less like an unbeatable political Godzilla than it had seemed Does all this mean that the politics of Gujarat and Karnataka have the same sort of electoral nuts and bolts Hardly The political ecosystems in the two states are as different as Kutchi dabeli and idli-sambaar For one thing it’s the Congress that faces the anti-incumbency threat as the ruling party in Karnataka on account of non-performance and corruption But unlike in Gujarat the Congress is better organised in Karnataka and has a leader in Siddaramaiah even if he walks around with his chin in the air that sets his own partymen’s nerves on edge Siddaramaiah has been fighting anti-incumbency by misusing his incumbency: He has been dishing out one populist scheme after another ranging from free rice to the poor to subsidised food at Indira Canteens "A sop a month will keep an election defeat away" seems to be his mantra unmindful of the damage it wreaks on the state’s economy The latest is a free health scheme that targets people ranging from the poorest of the poor to journalists and legislators He is hurrying through this to implement it well before the Model Code of Conduct kicks in despite questions from his finance department Siddaramaiah has also been advocating a separate Karnataka flag and making periodical noises against the Centre’s alleged imposition of Hindi Having waived farmer loans he constantly accuses the Narendra Modi government of not doing enough to help the state in getting its share of water from the Cauvery and Mahadayi rivers in disputes with Tamil Nadu and Goa respectively Although populism is not always guaranteed to win elections it can possibly tilt results in combination with multiple other factors and Shah is surely aware of this The BJP has exhibited remarkable flair for surviving anti-incumbency in Gujarat But the party is doing little to turn anti-incumbency against Siddaramaiah into votes in any tangible way The anti-corruption campaign that the local leaders had launched — at the behest of Shah — has so far been halfhearted unconvincing and unsubstantiated Unfortunately for Yeddyurappa and his party the perception of his own corruption lingers in public minds despite his acquittal in most cases Lingayats are not Patidars Where the Congress is on a slippery ground is Siddaramaiah’s caste and communal matrix that aims to please Muslims and some select castes — a potentially risky proposition considering the possibility of backlash from others? 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