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A handshake across the border

After India’s pledge of a ‘no-first-use nuclear doctrine’, Zardari has reciprocated agreeably.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2008 00:00 IST

A handshake across the border

Apropos of Amit Baruah’sarticle Please let’s trust this man (Line of sight, November 26), since the Pakistani President has shown a desire to break away from the old mindset of perpetual animosity towards India, we should reciprocate in building an atmosphere of trust to solve the problems between the two countries. After India’s pledge of a ‘no-first-use nuclear doctrine’, Zardari has reciprocated agreeably. We must understand that the route to ending the 60-year-old conflict lies through Wagah and not Washington. The funds spent on arms could be better spent on food, healthcare and welfare programmes.

RK Malhotra, Delhi

Correction

In my article Majority appeasement’ (November 26) I had written, “The Vice- Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Mushirul Hasan, extended legal aid from the university funds to students accused of terrorism.” Legal aid was extended through money collected from donation drives and not from the university funds. The error is regretted.

Sadia Dehlvi, via email

Malicious intent

Jyotirmaya Sharma’s views in Time for some meditation (November 24) are full of blasphemous statements about Hindus, Hindu scriptures and organisations professing Hindu ideology. There is no confusion in Hinduism and it has preached and practised non-violence, renunciation and higher values of spiritualism. If it were not so, there will not be a multitude of faiths in this country. It is because of the tolerant spirit of Hindus that Sharma’s views have appeared in a national daily. The author would not have been able to write such a derogatory article about any other religion without having to face the consequences. But that does not mean he can write anything he wants to about Hinduism.

OP Tandon, via email

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Jyotirmaya Sharma has used many instances to nail his point home, including calling Vivekananda a proponent of retaliatory violence. This is the first time that I have read Vivekananda and Aurobindo Ghosh being referred to as abettors of violence rather than as apostles of tolerance. So what does the author want? Are the followers of Hinduism expected to be insensitive? Is this the price for being the majority religion? Constitutionally, we follow secularism, but it is nowhere mentioned that this secularism applies to all except Hinduism. Every religion is on the same footing and deserves the same respect. Hope Sharma knows and understands that.

Abhinandan Mishra, Patna

To pay or not to pay

Apropos of the report Pay parity for forces a difficult task: Govt (November 24), it is ironical that while the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission have been implemented for government employees, police and paramilitary forces, the pay of lieutenant colonel, and its equivalent rank in all the three forces, is yet to be revised. Why this treatment for our armed forces’ professionals?

PP Talwar, via email

Come out with the truth

Apropos of the report Stocks shock drives MBAs to kidnap for ransom (November 26), the shocking outcome of the global meltdown has now forced an escalation in criminal activities across societies. Instead of concern for economic recession, the Prime Minister is painting a rosy picture by stating that India will be able to keep its growth rate intact. But repeated measures from the RBI are not yielding the desired results. The government should take more drastic steps to revive the economy and desist from making tall claims.

Rajesh Piplani, via email