Sagarika Ghose’s arguments in her article New rage against the machine (Bloody Mary, November 12) that ‘thousands of underemployed or semi-employed youth are available to be a part of screaming nationalist mob’ is flawed. I am a qualified Indian and feel the State has been hugely discriminatory against the Hindus. I have been forced to leave my land by Islamic terrorists who have been freed by the State. We have seen how separatists in J&K have been killing innocents and were glorified, in turn, by the State apparatus and a section of the media. Hindu anger is a case of reality hitting home. It is time to understand that Hindu magnanimity is not to be taken for granted.
Rashneek Kher, via email
Sagarika Ghose’s analysis is relevant as there is no way the peace-loving Hindu community can allow itself to be bracketed with militant communities. One should realise that there is a section among the disenfranchised that become easy prey for militant outfits. But this section exists across religions. So measures for economic uplift should cover every section, irrespective of religion, caste and region.
Prem Kumar Gutty, Delhi
It’s time to get real
N Chandra Mohan in Yes, we Keynes! (November 12), rightly suggests that our economy needs to be dealt with a realistic manner from all quarters. We are not immune to the global financial crisis, hence the need of the hour is to understand that and make amends to put the economy back on track. This is a testing time for the government and its advisors and I hope they come out with flying colours.
RN Lakhotia, Delhi
Leave Islam to the learned
Sadia Dehlvi in Don’t give in to pretenders (November 12) is unjust in declaring Zakir Naik as a bigot and a pretender. The authority she claims to have on Muslim issues is not sufficient. Islam needs in-depth knowledge. Her analysis about ‘Sufi-inspired Islam’ is unacceptable because Islam is a universal entity which inspired Sufism, and not vice-versa. Naik’s knowledge and oratory have become a problem for traditional clerics and they want to malign him.
Irfan mir, Delhi
A blot on India
With reference to the editorial Neither seen nor heard (Our Take, November 12), the withdrawal of the rape case by the mother of a 14-year-old German victim is unfortunate. The episode is a big slur on our police system. The investigating agencies should continue the probe and bring the guilty to book. The Goa rape case is important because it involves foreign nationals who are guests in our country. The circumstances which forced the victim’s mother to take back the charge reflect poorly on India. The trend of protecting the children of the high and the mighty is most disturbing.
Md Ziyaullah Khan, Pune
Give children right to childhood
Today being Children’s Day, this year we should celebrate this day by becoming children and learn from them the joy of being innocent. Not only have we forgotten to appreciate their ways but many among us still employ children as domestic help. It is a shame that we still find excuses for employing children as labour. As responsible citizens, it is imperative that we resist and fight against child labour. Children’s Day should shake our conscience into giving children their right to childhood and citizenship.
RD Singh, Leh