This refers to the editorial A Sethu, too far (September 20). By questioning the existence of Lord Rama, Tamil Nadu CM M. Karunanidhi has hurt the religious sentiments of millions of Hindus. This is an emotive issue, with political overtones.
SK Gupta, via e-mail
A royal puzzle
Apropos of No confidence in Koirala: Maoists (September 21), the Maoists, who are demanding the abolition of the monarchy, are coercive like their Indian Leftist brethren. Lakhs of Napalese voluntarily shaved their heads when King Birendra died. With the king being held in such esteem, you cannot abolish the monarchy in one go.
JN Mehrotra, Lucknow
With reference to Pramit Pal Chaudhuri’s article, In a fuel’s paradise (September 20), I don’t understand why energy experts in India cannot see beyond hydrocarbon-based fuels. Nuclear energy has become the latest fad, with no one considering the disposal problem of nuclear wastes. We should think about other alternative energy sources seriously.
Ujjal Dutta, Delhi
United colours of Asia
Prem Shankar Jha’s article Cross-Borderistan (September 21) was thought-provoking. By allowing the US to interfere too much in Asia, Pakistan has made the whole region pay the price. The inexplicable killing of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and India is a testimony to this. Asian nations must stand together and come up with a genuine rehabilitation plan to negotiate with extremists. No one wants to die, so a little reconciliation from both parties will prove fruitful. In the process, India could also find a solution to the Kashmir issue.
Prashant Malaiyya, Vellore
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