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Hindustan Times
New delhi, February 24, 2013
David Cameron's gesture at Jallianwala Bagh was laudable
British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Jallianwala Bagh and his comment on what happened there in 1858 must be applauded (Jallianwala killings deeply shameful, says Cameron, February 21). None of his predecessors had visited the memorial and Cameron's gesture is indeed laudable. Even though he heads a country that now has special ties with India, we should not have expected him to express regret for events that happened more than 150 years ago. In fact, brushing aside protocol, the British PM thanked the person in-charge of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust. With this gesture, Cameron has earned himself more fans in the country.
Ganapathi Bhat, Mumbai

Terrorism really has no religion
With reference to the report India's enemies strike Hyderabad (February 22), terror attacks defame Islam and create problems for peace-loving Muslims. Islam does not support violence and those who resort to it are not Muslims. Faith must never be used as a defence for crimes that are beyond pardon. Every citizen of India, irrespective of her caste and religion, should ensure that peace prevails in this country, no matter what the provocation is.
Azeez Nazar Sabri, Delhi

With reference to Kamila Shamsie's article Sitting with the coffins of their dead (February 21), Pakistan has always been a rogue State. In Pakistan, there are two strands of Islam: first, the one that was spread by the Prophet and the other propagated by its tyrant rulers and power grabbers who distorted religion to suit their nefarious designs. These people are defaming Islam, which preaches universal brotherhood, love and compassion.
Hasan Khurshid, via email

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