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Blot on democracy

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 03:18 IST

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The brutal killing of a Dalit family in Khairlanji village in Maharashtra is evidence of the various caste prejudices still prevalent in India. It is bothersome that where it really matters, democracy is just jargon. Casteism is so deeply ingrained that it is a long road to democracy. So, when we cannot protect an innocent’s  life, and the guilty go unpunished, it is a sham to call ourselves a true democracy.

Vipul Maini

Why invite Prachanda?

I was aghast that Prachanda was invited to the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. After killing thousands of innocent Nepalese, this dictator now wants stability in Nepal and better relations with India. If it is true that all he wants is ‘democracy’ in Nepal, why did he initiate the ‘People’s War’ in 1996 when there was an elected government?

Pravin Rajbahak
Birgunj, Nepal


The peace pact with Maoists may bring fortunes to Nepal. But there is some scepticism regarding a stable government because of continued bickering among the seven-party alliance. Let’s hope the SPA does not disintegrate for this will spell doom for Nepal.

Salman Zafar

For selfish gains

Pankaj Vohra in Marching to a new tune (November 20) accepts that the reasons for the split between Uma Bharti and the BJP are not ideological ones. The editorial in Panchjanya  advised them to solve their lesser issues and not split the ideological base. But Vohra has read more into it than required.

Sunil K Kumawat
via e-mail

Sealing is partial

Omesh Saigal in Why spare the state-run bodies? (November 21), has pointed to the partial sealing drive in Delhi. This raises a serious question on why government organisations are spared every time? The Supreme Court must keep this in mind.

Priyanka Jain

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