NEW DELHI, Jan. 8 -- Dear Shri Amit Shah Ji,

First of all, let me congratulate you for the "efficient" manner in which you enacted three laws of far-reaching consequences. They have received the assent of the President and have, therefore, become the law of the land. They were notified on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday, which is celebrated the world over as Christmas.

As the Home Minister, you should know that Christmas is celebrated by some churches in January because they follow the lunar system. Needless to say, Christians in India are as heterogeneous as Hindus.

Why I chose to congratulate you is because you were the one who piloted the Bills in Parliament. I remember your words in the Lower House, stating that you had read every ...