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Barkha Dutt in Let’s look inwards now (July 7) has ably analysed the situation arising from the terrorist incidents in India and abroad.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2007 00:01 IST

Barkha Dutt in Let’s look inwards now (July 7) has ably analysed the situation arising from the terrorist incidents in India and abroad. Many political parties are keen to emphasise the separate identity of Muslims. Their aim should be to erase such notions and promote the idea that everyone who is poor, illiterate or disadvantaged in anyway be cared for equally.

Charti Lal Goel, Delhi

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It is shocking that the Glasgow incident involved doctors and engineers from Cambridge. The leadership of our global village must rise to meet this challenge by developing ideas that are capable of generating an antidote to the clash of civilisations thesis. Let us build bridges the Gandhian way.

SA Khan, Noida

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Barkha Dutt has never tried to highlight the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. How can she ignore thousands of Kashmiri Pandits who are leading miserable lives away from J&K? She writes about ‘secular’ politicians sarcastically. Is she any less pseudo-secular? She should write on the need to rehabilitate Pandits in their home state. This is the only way we will be able to save Kashmir and the rest of India.

Rakesh Mishra, Gwalior

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We do need to look inwards now rather just blame Pakistan for all terrorist activity in India. The involvement of engineers and doctors in terrorist acts suggests that education alone does not guarantee that the person will be a good human being. We must know why such people stray.

Pankaj Benwal, Delhi

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Barkha Dutt needs to dig into the archives of local and national dailies of the 1989-90 period to learn how gun-wielding zealots wearing inscription-laden head bands marched in Srinagar’s streets, selectively targeting Hindus, and how the mobs raised slogans like ‘we want Pakistan, and we want azadi’. The Parliament attack, the Diwali eve bombings in Delhi, the Mumbai train blasts and terror strikes in other places by separatists can by no means be justified in a civilised society.

Lalit Ambardar, Delhi

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