Pankaj Vohra in
Encounters of the third kind
(July 23) is out of focus in suggesting that a Kashmiri Pandit could have been selected as the UPA’s vice-presidential candidate since the community is in a minority in Kashmir. In our secular politics, minority means only Muslims. The Left rejected several names for the post of President because they were not found secular enough on the Leftist scale. Also, many other Muslim names were suggested in the UPA, but not a single non-Muslim name was found worthy of consideration.
Calling Kashmiri Pandits a minority in India is nonsensical. Politicians may feel compelled to play the Muslim card and fool the public by chanting secularism. This is understandable, tho-ugh deplorable, but why should journalists and intellectuals fall into this trap?