Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in A time to heal (February 17), rightly asserts that Dalits have little moral respect left for themselves. The inhuman discrimination they have had to face for generations has led to a low self-esteem of the community. But they must fight for their rights. The acceptance of Dalits in Bhilwara and Jagannath temples is a welcome development and can set the trend to further inclusion.
Sumit Nanda, Delhi
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has a reformist perspective to the Dalit issue. The decision of Bhilwara and Jagannath temples to allow entry to Dalits must receive our encomiums. But upper-caste chauvinism is passed on generation to generation. It is the upper castes who have to reform their ways as the Dalits continue to empower their community.
Akasmika Rath, Bhubaneswar
Fact remains that Dalits are still treated as the ‘lowest’ people. Conversion is the only way out if they wish to live with dignity. Sri Ravi Shankar also advises Dalits that they assert their rights and fight from within the system.
Why not remove the caste system completely? It is not the Dalits, but leaders of the community and religion who must fight against the system and clear the way for the Dalits.
Palavesam Vinayagam, Delhi
Dalits are on the verge of discarding their heritage. When we are talking of globalisation and urbanisation, it is a pity that we are still so caught-up in bickering over caste issues. Human interest and prosperity is the sole purpose of religion.
Vipul Kumar, Delhi
Sri SRI Ravi Shankar has referred to the attack on Tamil Brahmins in Chennai. The reference was irrelevant to the issue. At the same time, the writer has also misled us to believe that Dalits had attacked Brahmins. But as far as we know, the attack was launched by the followers of Periyar EV Ramasamy, the social reformer, in retaliation for the desecration of his statue at Srirangam by some Tamil Brahmin youths.
Piusboy Perez, Tuticorin
With reference to Manoj Joshi’s article Terror’s twisted turn (February 21), the time has come to stop pointing fingers at each other. New Delhi and Islamabad must work together to wipe out our vulnerability to terror attacks.
S Raghavan, via e-mail
The Samjhauta Express carnage adds fog to the frost between Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists. The excessive animosity between the governments is now a thing of the past and the distrust is lessening. The attack on the Samjhauta Express showed that we should jointly work to uproot the nexus between terrorists and their godfathers.
Afaq Ahmad, Aligarh
The key is education
Apropos of the report Centre to care for the unwanted girl child (February 19), making laws and executing it to perfection is not the solution to the problem. The problem is in the mind and not with the situation.
We are unable to concentrate on those parts of the country where people don’t have any opportunity to even remotely achieve anything. They have no facilities and, therefore, are not influenced by any of the schemes or initiatives. Religion can be a good tool to encourage education for all.
Chetan Saxena, via e-mail
Punish the guilty
The Ratlam scandal should not be treated as anything less than ‘Nithari’. Even if the investigations prove that the bones are not all of female foetuses, the very manner in which the disposal was done smacks of malpractice. The doctors should be punished as well as the hospital administration. If the bones are of female foetuses, the parents must be identified and punished as well.
Zafar Abbas, Delhi
The terrorist attack on innocent passengers is a wake-up call for India and Pakistan. Both the countries should jointly fight this menace. Killing innocent people, whether they are Hindus or Muslims, is unjustified. Today, people of both sides are closer to each other because of dialogue. If terrorist activities continue, the peace process will definitely derail.
Sanjeev Sharma, via e-mail
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