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Innocence comes with a price tag

india Updated: Mar 31, 2009 23:20 IST

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Innocence comes with a price tag
Apropos of the editorial Terror turns on Pakistan (Our Take, March 31), the increasing terror attacks on Pakistani soil are a grim reminder of the self-created problem that country is now suffering from. But what is most disappointing is that the real sufferers are the Pakistani people. They neither had any say in the rise of extremism, nor can they now escape from the menace. So, the question is not whether Pakistan can get rid of these extremists or not, but for how long will our neighbours suffer for being citizens of that country.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

It’s time for some action
Arnab Mitra in We, the devil & the deep sea (March 30) rightly bemoans the failure of Indian liberals to imbibe the spirit of inquiry. The malaise is not restricted to politics alone. Whenever individuals in power have fought ideological battles, they have been marginalised and ignored. The recent case of the Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee bears testimony to this. Liberals can significantly contribute to national progress only if they surpass individualism and learn to venture out of their comfort zones.
JM Manchanda, Delhi

It’s all of us versus them
The editorial Targeting the real problem (Our Take, March 30) rightly talks about a problem that is no longer restricted to either Afghanistan or Pakistan. The cancer of so-called Talibanisation is slowly spreading everywhere. It is now imperative for the world governments to unite and fight the extremists together.
R.L. Pathak, Delhi

Switch off for the future
Apropos of the report Delhi saved 600 MW because of Earth Hour (March 30), it is comforting to see that people have, finally acknowledged the problem of global warming and are doing their bit to fight it. Perhaps what is most gratifying is to learn that schoolchildren have taken on the responsibility to advocate such a
noble cause.
K. Venkataraman, Delhi

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The efforts of all those who made the Earth Hour successful are laudable. Considering the enthusiasm and widespread support, the idea of turning this phenomenon into a monthly event can also be considered. After all, our planet deserves it. An hour without electricity would harm us less and benefit the planet more. It would result in a clean and healthy environment which would, in turn, help future generations.
P.K. Bansal, Delhi

Some questions unanswered
Faizur Rahman’s article Hindu Rashtra versus Darul Harb (March 28) fails to address the root cause of the age-old and incessant Islamic aggressions on Indian soil. It also doesn’t talk about who the idol worshippers are as mentioned in the Quran and what treatment do scriptures recommend for such people. Can the writer also tell us why Hindu minority states like Jammu and Kashmir and those in the North-east have been declared disturbed areas? Further, is it a matter of coincidence that none of the Muslim countries in the world have ever been under a democratic system of governance for too long?
Jorhat Singh, via email

Setting up a mousetrap
Apropos of the report Poll behind bars for Varun? (March 30), the invocation of the National Security Act to detain Varun Gandhi portends an ominous trend. The function of the Act is to assist security agencies for combating terrorism and not for gaining political leverage. This decision justifies the minorities’ demand to curb laws like Pota and Tada for these laws are being misused in the name of national security.
H.N. Ramakrishna, Bangalore

It’s good to be single
Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s Fourth Front forward (Between Us, March 30), the Congress seems to be left with no option but to offer power-sharing to some rickety alliance. The party has witnessed the darker side of being in an alliance with selfish power-mongers. Their ‘Jai Ho’ campaign may meet the same fate as the BJP’s ‘India Shining’ campaign.
Natarajan Nagarajan, via email