A vigilant civil society can weed out the rotten apples
The report 24 lakh protest killing of official by oil mafia (January 28) is encouraging. Civil society has responded like never before to protest the heinous murder of Yashwant Sonawane. One hopes that such collective response continues to take place as a movement is launched against corrupt black marketers, poachers, the mafia and terrorists. Let January 30, the day Mahatma Gandhi was martyred, be designated as 'mass protest day'.
Dev Gulati, via email
With reference to the editorial A wake-up call for everyone (Our Take, January 27), the killing of Yashwant Sonawane by the oil mafia shows the extent to which crime and corruption has penetrated Indian society. From politics to bureaucracy, teaching to medicine, every profession is affected. Those responsible for such horrific crimes must be given the severest punishment. To achieve this, criminals must be weeded out of politics. A corrupt leadership is a bad example for the rest of the country.
Suresh Singh Katoch, Doda
It's not a woman's world
With reference to Samar Halarnkar's article India's silent genocide (Maha Bharat, January 27), it is strange that Indians pray to goddesses Lakshmi for wealth, Saraswati for knowledge and Parvati for shakti but do not welcome daughters to their homes, though a home becomes so thanks to women. If nature intended that men and women must co-exist, then humans have no business intervening in that pattern. Living in the present does not mean you wipe out your future. Much is said about the injustice meted out to women but no concrete steps ever seem to be taken.
Shanta Parthasarathy, via email
Beats all Confucian logic
The Tibetan community is deeply disturbed by media reports speculating on the Karmapa Lama having Chinese links. The exiled community is in shock to see the revered Lama being raided. There has obviously been financial mismanagement, but the Karmapa, who receives blessings from the Dalai Lama cannot be suspected of being part of a Chinese design. Chinese Buddhists, including actor Jet Li, come to Dharamsala to receive teachings from the Karmapa at the risk of being harassed by the Chinese government. Buddhism is our connection with the Chinese. The Dalai Lama believes that if something changes China, it will be Buddhism.
Tenzin Tsundue, Dharamsala
Not an article of faith
Firoz Bakht Ahmed in Muslims must give up their ghetto mentality (January 28) tries to catch the bull by its horns. If the Muslim community heeds this advice, it will be able to progress. The community should also try and avoid using religion in every field. Earlier, if a Pakistani cricket team was on the verge of losing a match, their supporters used to chant 'Islam is in danger'. This is unacceptable. Radical Hindu organisations should also give up their antipathy towards the Muslim community.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
A make or break moment
In his article The 50-50 democracy (History Matters, January 26), Ramachandra Guha mentions that the democracy about which all Indians are proud of will need to come of age. Right now, the country stands at the crossroads of history. The entire nation is watching how the government handles issues of corruption and bad governance. If it fails, the nation will be shamed but if it succeeds, it will be a fitting reply to those who make a mockery of our democratic system.
Asoke Roy, via email