With reference to the report Trapped in mine, 50 feared dead (September 8), the authorities have not learnt anything from previous disasters. Excessive exploitation of natural resources and lack of technical expertise means that miners’ lives are always at risk. Inquiries ordered after each such accident are nothing short of cover-up jobs. The government should set stringent rules to ensure the safety of miners.
Not aliens, but citizens
The PM’s call not to alienate Muslims deserves applause (PM: Don’t cut out Muslims, September 6). The world views Muslims with suspicion today. But people should develop a broader outlook and a few incidents should not prejudice them against an entire community. Islam teaches universal brotherhood, and most Muslims follow this principle.
It is not correct to brand every Muslim a terrorist. It’s time we understood that these so-called protectors of Islam, who go about killing innocent people, are only eyeing their own interests.
With reference to Playing with Jharkhand (September 8), it is unfortunate that this mineral-rich state lacks development merely because of the petty rivalries among its elected representatives. Lack of stability and good governance is harming Jharkhand’s economic interests. In view of the ongoing political turmoil, the Congress and the Left should go in for a fresh election rather than support yet another fragile alliance.
The enemy within
The editorial Tricksters in Tehran (September 7) has rightly highlighted the need for the Iranian people to look for the enemy within. Iranian leaders regularly keep a watch on universities for any signs of dissent or discontent.
Seats are reserved for children of veteran Islamic police or militia, who fought in the Iran-Iraq war. These students are then used by local politicians and mullahs to curb any voice of dissent and to enforce rigorous Islamic laws on the Iranian campuses.
Vikram Sood has hit the right note in Dial M for murder (September 7). The murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti will not mean the end of unrest in Balochistan. The Balochis, a people proud of their identity, will continue to resist the discrimination they face from the Pakistani army. The unrest in other provinces will only strengthen their fight for autonomy.
with reference to the report Iran out to divide world on
n-issue (September 8), Iran has every right to go ahead with its nuclear programme, whether it be for energy or for nuclear weapons. The US certainly does not hold the exclusive right to make nuclear weapons.
Politics in patriotism
I fail to understand why such a hullabaloo is being created over Vande Mataram. Is it not the same song that our freedom fighters constantly had on their lips? Vande Mataram was an expression of their love for their motherland. And followers of different religions had no problem singing it then. If I love my country, why would I refrain from singing in praise of it?
Vande Mataram is in praise of our motherland and had been a rallying force during our freedom movement. There can never be any clash between religion and patriotism. Should one happen to occur due to misinterpretation, the nation must take priority over everything else. The defenders of faith are doing untold harm to Indian society by reading between the lines. Please disdain from issuing diktats on national issues.
Invest some sense
apropos of the report India great for travel, not for business (September 7), while it was heartening to read that India is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world, this will not help us in the long term as long as investments are slow to come. We may earn well from tourism every year, but foreign investments are necessary for the country’s progress.
To generate foreign investment, we need to do away with bureaucratic hurdles and improve infrastructure. Until we reach that level, all talk of double-digit growth will come to nothing.
India’s story is even more disappointing when compared to that of Turkey. Despite being a nation much smaller than ours, it attracts 22 million visitors per year. Besides, it is spick and span all the time. In our country, filth, dirt and garbage is found everywhere and no one cares. Except for the New Delhi diplomatic enclave and some nearby areas, the whole city gives a categoric impression of uncare.
What to talk of foreigners, Indians themselves hesitate to travel in their own country. There is no joy in driving on roads full of potholes and garbage. Most Indians prefer to travel abroad instead.
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