Violence will continue in Assam, thanks to communal politics
This refers to the editorial It was waiting to happen (Our Take, July 27). From the 1984 ant-Sikh riots to the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits, from the 2002 Gujarat riots to the recent clash between the Bodos and Muslims in Assam, violence in the name of religion and community is not new to our country. However, it is appalling that every time the government fails to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. To top it all, the perpetrators of such targeted crimes go scot free while politicians make political capital. In the end, the common man is left to fend for himself.
-Bal Govind, Noida
This serves only to hurt
Indrajit Hazra’s article Oof! Rashtropoti Bhobon! (July 23) is potentially racist. The author shamelessly and unnecessarily drags Odia people into the matter of Pranab Mukherjee’s elevation as India’s first citizen. It is rubbish to say that Odia people are sulking because a Bengali is now the president of the country. We are deeply anguished that a national daily has carried an article that serves no purpose other than hurting the Odia people’s sentiments and creating a rift between Odias and Bengalis.
-Bimal Prasad Pandia, Sambalpur
I am quite surprised to read Hazra’s article. The achievements of Bengali personalities like Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen and VV Giri belong to the nation, not just to the state. Our national pride has no room for self-seeking and parochial sentiments.
-Sudhir Mishra, via emaill
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