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Class conflict

The Mumbai terror strikes clearly show that the middle class now desires a leadership that can not only protect the citizen but can also deliver the goods for the nation.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2008 23:05 IST

The Mumbai terror strikes clearly show that the middle class now desires a leadership that can not only protect the citizen but can also deliver the goods for the nation. The ongoing protests signify that people will become more assertive, aggressive and demanding of their politicians in the days to come. The Mumbai attacks have finally shown that the educated elite also cares about the accountability of the average politician. This is the only positive outcome of a great tragedy.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee , Faridabad

Low intelligence

Apropos of Pramit Pal Chaudhuri’s article An option for Pakistan (December 05), before we undertake any retaliation against Pakistan and expect some quick and decisive results, we need to remember that Pakistan is only a part of the problem. While maintaining our stand and the US pressure on Pakistan, shouldn’t we also find out whether the Mumbai massacre was the result of a systemic failure or a lack of administrative accountability at the higher levels? We need to drastically reform the security apparatus and our justice delivery system before we can hope to instill some fear in the ISI and its agents.

Ved Guliani, Hissar

II

It is highly unbecoming of the intelligence agencies to run to the press to claim that they had not failed in producing the required intelligence and that it were the intelligence consumers who had failed to act on them. If they at all had wanted to highlight their claims they should have approached the National Security Advisor who could have, in turn, apprised the government of the correct position. Expectedly, it has brought a retort from the coastguard which claimed that the intelligence agencies had been led up the garden path by the attackers and fed with wrong intelligence. What a waste!

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Media matters

Apropos of the report I&B may take action against T.V. channels (December 05), there is no denying the fact that the electronic media has a profound influence on the course of terrorist violence in this country. But repetition and elaboration of terror acts not only traumatises viewers but also provides publicity to terrorists. The masses don’t have access to Ground Zero and hence indiscreet media exposure can have serious effects on the efforts at fighting terror. I am sure the television channels have the responsibility and the experience to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

Baldev Kumar, via email

The two-faced President

Mr Zardari’s volte-face on bringing to justice the Mumbai attackers is glaring. First he said the strikes were perpetrated by non-State actors. Then he promised action against Pakistani elements found involved in the attacks after the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday. Beware of him.

Senthil Saravana Durai, Hyderabad