Innocent Raj who was felled
In his article Indians in India (October 30), Sudhanshu Ranjan correctly says that the police team in Mumbai who killed Rahul Raj, lacked any sense of proportion. It was a desperate act of an ill-trained police force that resulted in the death of Rahul, who was clearly caught in a psychological turmoil. Mumbai in particular and Maharashtra in general is setting a bad example for the nation.
Nikki Mishra, via email
The ongoing violence against north Indians, particularly Biharis, in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra, has crossed all the limits. Unfortunately, the state government has failed to provide safety and security to migrants coming to the state to earn their livelihood. The central government should invoke Article 355 in the state without delay and take stern action against the guilty to prevent more attacks on innocent people.
JN Mahanty, Puri
Violence has no religion
With reference to the editorial If it’s ‘terrorists’, adjectives don’t matter (Our Take, October 27), there is a tendency to justify the acts of terrorists by clubbing them with the recent events perpetuated by the so-called Hindu militants. All acts of violence are equally condemnable, but the politics of the so-called secularist brigade aimed at garnering votes by ‘supporting’ terror acts is dangerous. Dividing the nation in the name of religion, caste or region is an old game played by our politicians. The recent developments in Mumbai and Patna are proof of this trend. The inaction displayed by the central government in tackling this menace will only worsen the situation.
N Divakaran, via email
No religion preaches that its followers frighten and terrorise innocent people. The word ‘Islamic terrorist’ was used by the US after 9/11 and it is yet to go out of fashion. We have witnessed something similar with the arrest of Hindu zealots
in connection with the Malegaon blast. Ironically, the media too seem party to such divisive politics and does not hesitate to use provocative terms.
Syed Salman Ghani, Patna
Forget factional fights
Pankaj Vohra in his article Before the flood (Between us, October 26) is right in his assessment that proper ticket distribution alone can ensure the return of the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Factional fights among the leaders will undo all the good work done by the UPA government under the leadership of Manmohan Singh.
Manohar Lal Yadav, Alwar
Opening a Pandora’s box
Apropos of the report Mumbai split wide open (October 30), the HT-C fore survey threw up critical findings about the preferences of Marathis and non-Marathis. Both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party seem to be equally responsible for letting MNS elements terrorise north Indians. Also, is the pro-MNS Marathi population not aware that there are many Marathis working in north India? How would they feel if similar kind of treatment is meted out to them?
Bal Govind, via email