This refers to Mubarak Ali’s article Beyond a two-notions theory (July 1). The reason why Jinnah wanted to create Pakistan was not because he wanted an Islamic state but because he wanted a Muslim-populated secular country. However, the orthodox Muslim majority preferred otherwise. Had Pakistan followed the principles of Jinnah, it would not have hostile relations with India. A secular Pakistan could have served the South Asian region so much more than it is doing now as an Islamic country.
Surendra Deo, Delhi
Violence begets more violence
With reference to the report Valley not out of the woods yet, says Omar (July 3), the people of Kashmir, especially the youth, are being incited by terrorists from across the border to pelt stones at the security personnel and force them to retaliate in self-defence. But votebank politics is coming in the way of the state’s chief minister acknowledging the truth.
He also seems to have turned a blind eye to the pictures in newspapers that show soldiers being beaten up by rioters.
Harwant Singh, Chandigarh
With reference to the editorial Put a stop to remote control (Our Take, June 30), the recent violence in the Valley and the resulting deaths of both security personnel and civilians are condemnable. But it is wrong to blame only the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel for the upheaval. Opening fire at a rioting mob is always the last option for soldiers.
K Yash Rai, Delhi
It tears us apart
Samar Halarnkar in Those tears of doom (Maha Bharat, July 1) held up the real picture of corruption that thrives in our bureaucratic circles. And what makes it worse is the reluctance of people in power to take any corrective measures. Thus, we have a whole band of unscrupulous politicians and bureaucrats running their murky practices under the shelter of the State. In such situations Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s tears won’t help. Instead, he must take action to clean up the bureaucracy.
RK Kutty, Bhopal
Another attack, another failure
With reference to the report Naxals ambush, kill 26 CRPF men (June 30), the incident exposed both the barbaric nature of the insurgents and the ineptitude of the government. The home minister’s recent call to redraw the anti-Naxal strategy has come a tad too late and, like his various other recommendations, seems to be a sham. He should take moral responsibility of having failed to contain the Naxal violence and immediately tender his resignation.
NR Ramachandran, Ooty
It’s now in their court
The absence of Chinese badminton players doesn’t undermine Saina Nehwal’s success at the Indonesian Open (Chinese no more a threat, June 28). No one forced the Chinese
players to refrain from participating in the tournament. Nehwal did not refuse to compete against them. Nehwal has made the country proud and that’s what matters the most.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
No winners in this game
The editorial It’s not all poppycock (Our Take, July 1) rightly stated that the future of mineral-rich Afghanistan lies in the realm of uncertainty, given the turmoil it is facing from within and without. As far as Indian stakes in the treasures of Afghanistan are concerned and as long as Pakistan and China have their sights on Kabul, there should be no illusions that India will ever directly benefit from this mineral wealth.
RK Malhotra, Delhi