Kashmir is very much a part of India. Take it or leave it
This refers to Sabbah Haji’s article Are we ready to let Kashmir be? (The Big Story, September 12). It is shocking that the Kashmiri youth burnt the tricolour and attacked security personnel on the auspicious occasion of Eid. They proudly shouted anti-India slogans. These ‘traitors’ should be sent to their Pakistani masters who are using them to keep the Valley on the boil. Kashmir will always remain an integral part of India. Anybody who thinks otherwise is free to leave the country.
Biplab Sarkar, Jamshedpur
Pilibhit, a forgotten city
It was overwhelming to read about Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, in Praveen Donthi’s article Maneater of Pilibhit (Variety, September 12). Pilibhit is my hometown and I am grateful to Donthi for highlighting one of the many problems that its people face. Nobody, including Varun Gandhi, whose constituency Pilibhit is, bothered to visit it after the recent floods that rendered hundreds of people homeless and jobless. The infrastructure is so bad that one spell of heavy rains forces schools to shut down. Pilibhit needs support from the media to make the nation aware of its various problems.
Gurjinder Singh, via email
Comparing apples and oranges
It was disappointing to read Khushwant Singh’s views in The curious case of some unlikely scholars (With Malice Towards One and All, September 12). It’s baffling that a senior journalist like Singh could make the mistake of comparing a freedom fighter Veer Savarkar to terrorists like Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Osama bin Laden. Freedom of expression doesn’t give Singh the right to hurt the sentiments of millions of Savarkar followers. There is a difference between those who sacrifice their lives for others’ well being and those who kill people for pleasure.
Avineesh Matta, via email
Singh seems to have a fetish with playing with people’s sentiments. He condemns the 2002 Gujarat communal riots but stays silent on the 1984 Sikh killings and the Bhopal gas tragedy that occurred in the same year. Such pretentious and biased opinions do more harm than good to society.
Ashish Rai, via email
Divided by religion
Vir Sanghvi in Spreading hate, one prejudice at a time (Counterpoint, September 12) rightly states that “no religion and no country has a monopoly on religious nutcases”. Every now and then we learn about people getting killed in the name of religion. A 9/11-like terrorist attack leads to a counter-attack, which leads to retaliation. People are labelled as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ according to their religious beliefs. Let us hope that this vicious cycle ends soon, and people stop judging others on the basis of which god they pray to.
B.P. Nailwal, Dehradun
While America takes pride in being one of the most civilised nations, its constitution doesn’t have a provision to punish those who hurt others’ religious sentiments. President Barack Obama rightly observed that Pastor Terry Jones’s burning of the Koran will create many problems, as, among others, it would give the Taliban a valid reason to attack America.
H. Khurshid, via email
Let’s go by the books
Indrajit Hazra deftly uses wit to express his views on the serious issue of burning books in his article A burning issue (Red Herring, September 12). Only those who are unaware of the true value of books burn them. German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe went to the extent of comparing book-burning to execution. While it’s true that some books can hurt a community’s beliefs, one should remember that every problem can be resolved through a peaceful dialogue. Books are our lifelong companions and should be given the respect they deserve.
S.C. Vaid, via email
The lane pains
The Delhi government should heed Karan Thapar’s advice and form only those rules which it can successfully implement (Asking for trouble, Sunday Sentiments, September 12). By setting aside a dedicated lane for a few hundred Commonwealth Games delegates and players, it will make millions of daily commuters suffer for the duration of the Games. This will lead to long traffic jams. But the Delhi government does not seem to care.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
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