Do not ignore Modi’s role in Gujarat’s success story
Ashok Malik’s article Unchoose this man (April 7) shows that it’s become fashionable to oppose Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi these days. Gujarat is not the only state to have witnessed violence and pogroms. From Kashmir to Punjab to Manipur, almost every state in India has had its share of organised massacres. By linking Modi with the riots we tend to ignore his contribution to the success story of Gujarat, which is perhaps the most developed state in India today. Modi’s role in the riots is yet to be proved and the law has every right to punish him if he is found guilty
Yogesh Sharma, Delhi
Towards a more secure world
With reference to the report Hope for an N-safe world (April 10), the on-going nuclear security summit in Washington is a novel step towards attaining a global consensus on restoring world peace. The participating nations should urge countries like Iran, Israel and North Korea, which have decided to stay away from the summit, to help develop a global nuclear policy to ensure that an arms race does not threaten the security of any nation in the future. United States’ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement holding India and Pakistan responsible for the nuclear imbalance in South Asia is incorrect. India has time and again clarified that it will never initiate nuclear warfare. But Pakistan still lacks a clear policy on the use of nuclear weapons.
Syed Khaja, Delhi
Rising above votebank politics
With reference to the report Muslim leaders back cutting Haj subsidy (April 11), the suggestion to cut subsidies for Haj pilgrims is welcome. It’s encouraging to learn that the demand has come from Muslim leaders. It shows that they have risen above petty votebank politics and are thinking about the welfare of all communities. It’s one thing for the government to give people freedom to choose any religion they wish to follow and another to assist them practise it. A waiver like this to a specific community usually leads to tensions in a multi-cultural society like ours. The funds being used for Haj subsidies can be used to provide better infrastructure and services to people of all communities.
L.R. Sabharwal, via email
Putting the judiciary in the dock
The report Dinakaran may be sent to Sikkim HC (April 10) shows how Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran has dishonoured the judiciary. He seems to believe that his high position in the judicial system gives him the freedom to commit crimes and get away with them. The government is committing a mistake by sending Dinakaran to the Sikkim High Court instead of impeaching him. A corrupt judge like him deserves to be punished. Merely relocating him will not serve any purpose.
Athul Pillai, via email