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The report "Musharraf among 20 worst dictators" (February 17) is an eye-opener for the Pakistani people who should ponder over whether the dictatorial regime under Musharraf is to their benefit. Not having tasted the power of democracy, people will remain secluded under the brute force of the gun by the military rule. Lasting peace and progress under this dictatorial regime is not possible.

PP Talwar, via e-mail

Selective secularism

Apropos of Teesta Setalvad’s "Crime, but no punishment" (February 16), does her NGO fight for justice for minorities and against communalism, or is it a forum to appeal for clemency for terrorists? If the Mumbai blasts were only a reaction to the demolition of the Babri masjid, will she plead the case for the Gujarat rioters as a valid reaction to the Godhra tragedy? Teesta and her secularist brethren should stop this minority appeasement and majority-bashing as they have negative repercussions.

Yogeet Sharma, Delhi

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It seems Teesta Setalvad is not perturbed about the conviction of the perpetrators of the Mumbai blasts as she is disgruntled about Hindu rioters of Mumbai and Gujarat escaping justice. She should know it is outsiders who inflict the maximum damage in a particular locality as even rioters find it hard to attack the people that they live with. If the Mumbai blasts were a logical reaction, what about the Gujarat riots which she brings up in all her articles?

Rupinder Kaur, Delhi

For a multipolar world

Apropos of the editorial "Three’s company" (Feb. 16), the recent trilateral meeting among India, Russia and China will strengthen the UN’s role to resolve international conflicts, tackle terrorism and maintain peace. The world needs to be a multipolar one, not bipolar. The balance of power should be maintained through constructive means and the UN is the best agency for all this.

Sudesh Kumar, Kapurthala

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