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Misplaced sensibilities

india Updated: Nov 27, 2007 20:45 IST

Sagarika Ghose in Separated at birth (November 23) makes a desperate attempt to bail out the Marxists by trying to link the events in Nandigram with those in Gujarat. One should know Nandigram was a ruthless operation planned by the Marxists while Gujarat was a reaction to the Godhra outrage. The attack on Akshardham could have produced a similar reaction. People must give up their intellectual dishonesty when writing on events of public importance. Even if it is believed that the Gujarat riots were an outrage, there is no point in raking up a five-year-old event to bail out the Nandigram killers.

Kewal Krishan Sethi, via e-mail

Intelligence failure

With reference to the editorial Without a clue (November 26), the bomb blasts in Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow have exposed our intelligence failure. The terrorist acts could have been prevented if our intelligence agencies had been on the ball. Terrorists cannot execute their plans without the connivance of people in this country. Islam does not permit the wanton killing of innocent people.

Arjun Narain Jaiswal, Patna


It is not impossible to prevent attacks of this kind on soft targets if our intelligence machinery is efficient. It also indicates the lack of coordination between our intelligence and the security forces. Many tragedies in the past could have been averted through proper coordination between the two.

Sanjay Sahu, Gumla


The bomb blasts on the court premises in UP were so barbaric that there is no language to condemn them. The central and state investigative agencies as well as law-enforcing machinery in every state should be modernised to make them more professional.

Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad

Eschew extremism

It would be a matter of great pride for Pakistan if Nawaz Sharif were able to free his country from the clutches of extremism. It is time for Pakistani politicians to realise that if terrorism goes unchecked, they will have to face drastic consequences.

Saad Ullah Khan, Aligarh