Don’t dilute diversity
Apropos of the editorial Vandals without a cause (February 27), the action of the ABVP activists is deplorable. The story of Rama is narrated in all Indian languages, cultures and regions. And, universities are supposed to dispense different strands of knowledge and foster analytical powers in students. The conduct of the ABVP activists was not only indecent but also detrimental for students.
Track the real culprits
With reference to the editorial Faith forward (February 27), the step taken by Darul Uloom Deoband is commendable. The West is against Muslims because of their hand in terror activities. But equating all Muslims with terrorism is gravely wrong. The Indian government must also learn to differentiate between terrorists and liberal Muslims. It should also improve its intelligence gathering and take strong action against the real culprits.
AG Noorani in Memorandum of non-understanding (February 26) defends Muslim sensitivity about Prophet Mohammed. The author should first preach to Islamic countries to respect the cultural diversity of other countries and tell artistes like M.F. Husain not to test the spirit of tolerance of other religions.
AG Noorani rightly states that the issue is not always freedom of speech, but the refusal to respect diversity. Respect for diversity is a moral obligation in society.
When Harbhajan Singh called Andrew Symonds a ‘monkey’, the Australians labelled him ‘racist’. But now when Mathew Hayden has referred to Singh as ‘an obnoxious weed’, what should we call the great Australians? The Australians were great sportsmen, but the spirit of sportsmanship has eluded them.