Vir Sanghvi, in The balancing act (Counterpoint, September 28), rightly pointed out that no society can survive if it negotiates with terrorists or addresses their agenda. Sanghvi could have elaborated the truth that the biggest grievance of Muslims is that the whole universe, created by Allah, is not governed by Islamic laws. Terrorism is just a political term to keep distance between the practicing jehadis and the rest. The bombers relish when they watch the devastation caused by their jehad, which to them must make Hindus and other non-Muslims yield to Islam. The only balancing act would be to generate a resolve to defeat the nefarious designs of these criminals.
Balram Misra, via email
Instead of shutting their eyes from the reality, the so-called leaders of the Muslim community should introspect to understand the plight of ordinary Muslims who have to face the general anger of the society for the folly of a few. Without local support, no terrorist can function, leave alone plan and execute such inhuman activities. Politicians are trying to capitalise on this tragedy to protect their vote-bank. Their only intention is to remain in power at any cost.
N. Divakaran, via email
The blame by the BJP on Jamia Millia Islamia VC for harbouring terrorists is rather unjustifiable unless it is proved. The police’s claim of arresting terrorists from the same community adds fuel to the fire and fans communalism. The government should stop indulging in politics and properly guide the police. Terrorism has no religion.
Mahtab Ahmad, Aligarh
Holy sale, discount available
Manas Chakravarty, in A free market for religions (Loose Canon, September 28), has rightly stated that religion has become a mere tool to satisfy one’s daily needs. It is not a belief but a sort of part time job in order to have some extra bucks in our pocket. In view of the commercialisation of religion, it will be better to allow the people to follow any religion of their choice. They should be free to change it any time the moment they feel bored and want to switch over to another. The floating of shares and listing them on holy market is another area which is required to be explored. And in the end, all will chant ‘Dharam ki jai ho’.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
Good like us, bad like them
Indrajit Hazra, in The unusual suspects (Red Herring, September 28), has vividly penned the paradox between
the obsessed bad and the real bad. Right from childhood, we get in the process of being imbued of things we watch in movies and hear in our family circle. As we turn 18, we are so much obsessed with our own creations that we are astonished to learn that the reality can be contrary to our imagined one,
be it a terrorist, a shoplifter or even a rude auto driver. The child is the father of man and it shows here.
Gaurav Sagar, via email