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Encounters should not disturb our harmony

Vir Sanghvi, in Licence to kill (Counterpoint, October 5), pointed out the uncertainty in Indian encounters. Does Sanghvi think that the death of Inspector M.C. Sharma was nothing more than a face-saving scheme of the police?

india Updated: Oct 12, 2008 01:06 IST

Vir Sanghvi, in Licence to kill (Counterpoint, October 5), pointed out the uncertainty in Indian encounters. Does Sanghvi think that the death of Inspector M.C. Sharma was nothing more than a face-saving scheme of the police? When terrorists kill hundreds of innocent people, they shouldn’t even have the right to plead guilty. Sanghvi should reconsider his statements.
Maanya Gupta, Delhi

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People want peace, and to maintain peace sometime encounters happen. But they should be carried out only to create fear among terrorists, not disturb our social harmony. There is need for some internal regulation and multi-departmental review after all encounters to stop misuse of gray area. We do have honest policemen. It is the right of people to know the truth and give opinions, but not with ill intentions. Terrorism has no religion, but our pseudo-secularists always try to give different colours. Before being Hindus or Muslims, we all are
Indians first.
Rajesh Mehta, via email

Whose moral is it anyway?

Karan Thapar, in Our morals, their morals (Sunday Sentiments, October 5), echoes the moral conflict between the today’s generation and the 78-year-olds who run the government. They call homosexuality a social vice, a health hazard. Truly, our democracy appears to be sensible and modern only in name, and uneducated in reality. We may be growing in economic power, but are still static in our minds. We expect others to be tolerant, but we remain intolerant when it comes to us. If the guys out there are listening, ‘grow up’.
Anusha Uikey, Bhopal

Desired: White man’s DNA

With refernce to Indrajit Hazra’s write-up, Our White supremacists, (Red Herring, October 5), the problem is with our DNA because of which we natives still look upon Whites as the superior race. Else explain why parents of prospective grooms look for fair-skinned, smart, convent-educated and homely brides who will serve as brood mares to produce fair-skinned desis. Blemishes if any can be got rid of with Fair & Lovely. In fact, we swoon if a White says namaste, but are horrified if our children
say so.
Kanchan Gupta, via email

Rate the raters too

Manas Chakravarty, in The perfect Diwali gift (Loose Canon, October 5), has laid bare the hollowness of much touted financial instruments of Uncle Sam. He has also exposed all the ‘jockers’ in this high drama, right from sub-prime investment bankers to the Federal Reserve and bailout advocates. Perhaps, another villain of the piece in this fiasco has escaped his gaze — the credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s, and their European and Indian equivalents. Where were these Neros when the stock world was on fire?
I expect Manas will blow this category apart, too.
Sutender Mohan Mehra,via email