Focus on the big picture
Barkha Dutt has successfully highlighted each point of concern on the state of the nation in her article Building Blocks (Third Eye, December 13). India has always underestimated its potential on every front. It is time the political class, the media and the citizens demarcate their roles and responsibilities towards the nation.
Harish Benjwal, New Delhi
Barkha Dutt is correct in saying that public anger, if not channelled, may convert into public rage and may prove to be dangerous to some of our long-treasured institutions. I also agree that the 24-hour news media has to be careful about its conduct, especially at a time of national emergency.
Manish Kumar Mall, Delhi
While listing out the ten commandments Barkha Dutt has missed out one important dictum concerning the media. It should read: The media, especially the electronic media, must be sensitive to issues of national security and should not compromise on journalistic ethics. Security, human lives and individual dignity should not be sacrificed at the altar of TRPs.
R Mahesh, Delhi
Streamline the police too
Apropos of the report Now in Parliament: Teeth for terror law (December 16), it is appropriate for India to legislate a tougher anti-terror law and set up a National Investigation Agency (NIA). But it would have been better had the long-pending Police Reform Bill also been been taken up to make the police force more efficient to meet future challenges.
SD Sahay, via email
Call a spade a spade
Apropos of Lalita Panicker’s article God’s own badlands (December 16 ), why is it that despite all the facts before us we still have to say that the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks in the country were “largely of the Islamic persuasion”. Why can’t we call a spade a spade? Why are we apologetic about and shy of admitting and saying openly that the terrorists active across the country, whether they are Pakistanis or locals, are all Muslims? The sooner we admit this and also say so publicly, the sooner Muslims in the country will realise the gravity of the situation.
AM Hans via email
United we should flourish
Our Pakistan policy is wrong. We are yet to understand that friendship between India and Pakistan can only be achieved when Pakistan realises that it belongs to South Asia and not West Asia. Pakistan has gone down the wrong path, following Osama bin Laden’s violent Wahabism while it should have stuck to the philosophy of its founding father M.A Jinnah. Jinnah had his limitations but was at heart a secular and cosmopolitan man. Had he lived longer he could have changed the way Pakistan has shaped up. With a shared colonial past, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India have similar ills of poverty, illiteracy, crime and social backwardness. Why fight when we can do so much together?
SR Wakankar, Bhopal
Farewell from the sole
The incident of Iraqi journalist al-Zaidi flinging shoes at US President George Bush at a press conference cannot merely be seen as the foolishness of one man trying to grab public attention. The incident shows the level of hatred the Iraqi people have towards Bush, who is the man singularly responsible for plunging the country into chaos. This is an alarm bell for the US to wake up and reconsider its policies towards Iraq and other countries, If the US is in no mood to do so, its leaders are going to get more such farewells all over the world.
Mansoor Ilahi, via email
An issue of citizenship
Apropos of the report How the Shiv Sena may end up helping Kasab (December 17), Article 21 of the Constitution includes the right to legal aid for an accused person. Section 304 of the Criminal Procedure Code says that it is the State’s duty to provide free legal aid to an accused person who cannot afford a lawyer. All these provisions are applicable in case of an Indian citizen. If the sanctity of these provisions must be maintained, then why not grant Kasab Indian citizenship? The judiciary, the legal fraternity and the media must examine the case.
Balram Misra, via email