With reference to Zia Haq’s report Muslim coalition push for third front (November 4), while rejecting the idea of nursing purely Muslim parties this group is trying to provide an alternative to mainstream political parties, while providing an outlet to the people to ventilate their grievances. As the country moves forward, Muslims too want to get their due share in the fruits of development. As the Congress has already failed in delivering its promise, the third front is expected to disseminate justice, equity and parity.
Naushad Ansari, Delhi
Silence that speaks volumes
Apropos of the editorial Mee Mumbaikar, but also much more (Our Take, November 1), regionalism has overtaken common sense and ideology in Maharashtra as none of the leaders has openly come forward to criticise Raj Thackeray. Ironically, most of the Union ministers belonging to Maharashtra also kept themselves away from the Cabinet meeting dealing with the issue of Thackeray. The silence of intellectuals and the film fraternity of Maharashtra has betrayed their support to Thackeray’s anti-north Indian tirade. It is not a healthy sign for the country.
SD Sahay, Delhi
An uncomfortable truth
Apropos of the editorial BJP selling the family silver (Our Take, November 4), it is no surprise that the initial evidence in the Malegoan blast points to what is being billed as ‘Hindu terrorism’. If the UPA government cares to ponder over the truth, it would reveal that ever since this government has assumed office, its sole aim has been to cultivate its vote-bank in which wooing minorities has been the top item. Despite unremitting acts of terror, the government has adopted an ostrich-like attitude. This is the evil that stalks the country today and responsibility for it lies with the UPA government.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
The UPA government is dragging its feet over action against the perpetrators of violence across India and has demonstrated how far it is ready to go to appease select sections of its vote-bank. Leadership and governance are inter-linked. In light of the events of the last few months, are we in a position to host extravaganzas like the Commonwealth Games?
Urvi Sukul Singh, via e-mail
Dark days for the nation
Pankaj Vohra in his article Standing at crossroads (Between us, November 3) has rightly commented on the dangerous symptoms of India’s moves towards disintegration. The house seems to be burning down with its own lamp. One is reminded of Hitler’s comment that India should not get freedom for another 50-60 years. In our failure to appreciate the true value of freedom, the ethics of democracy, selfless duty towards the nation and respect for everyone, it’s unfortunate that we have not been able to prove our naysayers wrong.
Gautam Varma, Ghaziabad