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Mute spectators

Two young soldiers were killed on Oct 3 in Tangmarg sector of J&K (Two Majors among 12 killed in J&K encounter, October 4).

india Updated: Oct 12, 2007 02:04 IST

Two young soldiers were killed on October 3 in Tangmarg sector of Jammu and Kashmir (Two Majors among 12 killed in J&K encounter, October 4). As a nation, we have remained mute in our admiration of these brave soldiers. Barring one TV channel that paid tributes to these martyrs, the rest were cold in their ‘unbiased reportage’. It is our duty to respect those who guard our frontiers.

Rashneek Kher,
via e-mail

Presidential fatigue

Pervez Musharraf has tantalised the Pakistani masses for many years about relinquishing his post. Now the Pakistan Supreme Court has scheduled October 17 as the date for pronouncing its verdict on the legality of his nomination for the presidential poll, where he bagged all 252 votes by holding the Opposition captive. Why can’t he put aside his uniform
before the judiciary pronounces the verdict?

Md Tanweer Alam,
Delhi

Of mullahs and myths

with reference to A.G. Noorani’s article Community service (October 10), the tragedy of Indian Muslims is that the mullahs issue fatwas as soon as voices are raised to re-assess Quranic diktats in the modern context. The average Muslim is unaware of Islam in Western countries and looks at Saudi Arabia as its role model. It’s time scholarly men took on the mullahs and dispelled misconceptions about Islam. India had many reformist movements in all religions. Why should the 21st century be any different?

Habiba Ibrahim,
Mumbai

Easier said than done

Swami Ramdev in A spiritual superpower (October 9) has not addressed the real problem of leadership. In a society riven with caste, that model has failed despite safeguards. Even if the society changes by following his principles, the leadership issue is decided through elections.

Prem Narain,
Gurgaon

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