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Minority matters

Sitaram Yechury?s opinion on reservations for Muslims is contentious and divisive (Suffering India, December 14). Their problems must be addressed through an inclusive plan for development.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 00:25 IST

Sitaram Yechury’s opinion on reservations for Muslims is contentious and divisive (Suffering India, December 14). Their problems must be addressed through an inclusive plan for development. How long should Indian intellectuals shy away from telling liberal Muslims that they should help the less fortunate among them? Muslim women have suffered greatly owing to regressive laws and clerics.

BB Tayal
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Conspiracy theory

Apropos of the editorial Case studies for the day (December 19), I can’t help smelling a rat in the acquittal of Lalu and Rabri in the disproportionate assets case. The manner in which political equations have changed within the UPA is clear for everyone to see. The way the CBI gunned for Shibu Soren; the way Lalu and other UPA allies distanced themselves from him; and now the way Lalu was acquitted due to ‘lack of evidence’ suggests that a political conspiracy is afoot.

Gaurav Dua
Delhi

Stellar show

Congratulations to Team India for registering its first ever Test win on South African soil. The whole team came together as a well-knit unit after their dismal performance in the one-dayers. The inclusion of Sourav Ganguly proved lucky and his performance showed that he still has a lot of cricket left in him. He has also proved his commitment to the game despite his long absence from the national side. Let’s hope our team continues the same performance in the future also.

V Hari
Delhi

Shifting focus

Apropos of 123 and go (December 20), work has to continue on the Indo US agreement. But the focus has to shift from lobbying with lawmakers to interaction with the executive.

Robinder Sachdev
via email

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