Apropos of the report Indians take refuge in temples (January 3), it is shocking that the Congress-led UPA government has so far done nothing for the Indians trapped in Kenya. This, in spite of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi urging his action. This is a shameful matter for the Congress. Surely, petty politics can’t dictate the direction of the Centre’s action.
Karan Thapar in My friend, Benazir (December 29) dwelt upon many incidents unknown to the public from late Benazir Bhutto’s life in college and politics. Benazir was a brave leader who believed in democratic rule for her nation. Although as Prime Minister she was mired in many controversies and faced much criticism, she was always a reliable leader who could, perhaps, have brought in democracy for her people. Her supporters should keep her ideology alive and this should result in some respite for the troubled Pakistanis.
Karan Thapar has given an honest account of Benazir Bhutto’s persona as a liberal politician and sincere friend. I agree that Benazir would have fulfilled her commitment to better relations with India had she lived to become Prime Minister. She was a brave woman, but destiny had its own plans.
Karan Thapar has dealt with far too much on his personal equation with Bhutto than give the reader any real insight into the murdered leader. “She came to me.” “I did this for her.” “I told her this.” Instead of immortalising Bhutto, Thapar has tried to immortalise himself.
Not many politicians encourage their friends to be critical. This was not the case with Bhutto, as has been pointed out. Her death is not only a loss to Pakistan, but a loss of a friendly person believing in democratic values. To settle personal scores in such a way is not correct.
Go easy on the ego
Kudos to Amit Baruah for his article The world isn’t our oyster (January 2) on the true state of India and its democracy. Having lived in the US for several years, I have noticed that one of the traits of the local Indian community is a certain arrogance and glorification of every little achievement. We must learn to be humble and respect other nations and their cultures. We must be open to criticism to mature as a people and not just grow in numbers.
For years the rulers and leaders in Pakistan have aided and abetted terrorism and used it as an instrument of foreign policy against India and Afghanistan. Now the monster has turned on its creator. Any Pakistan-watcher will bear out that the genie is not only out of the bottle, it is out of control. If not conquered at the earliest, it may devour Pakistan.
No fair killer
Apropos of the report Woman serial killer arrested (January 1), this is an amazing show of criminality by a woman offender. She deserves capital punishment along with her associates and no mercy should be shown to such criminals.
We have a general perception that only men become gruesome criminals while women represent a quieter way of committing crimes. It was greed for a lavish life-style that pushed Mallika to kill six innocent women. But the worrying question also is how cyanide can so easily accessible? Surely, there should be some kind of regulatory mechanism to control the availability of cyanide.
The buck stops here
With reference to the editorial Passing the dangerous buck (January 3), whether it was Parliament House or attacks on the CRPF camp at Rampur in UP,
we live at the mercy of terrorists. The state and Centre should stop the blame game and evolve a fool-proof strategy to combat terrorism.
The terrorist attack on the CRPF camp in Rampur is yet another grim reminder of the perils of treating terrorism as a mere law-and-order problem. But the media, including this paper, raised a hue and cry when Pota was enacted. When it was revoked, the media played that as a positive sign. Should the media not be more responsible when analysing the pros and cons of a given set of laws?
Net the police
The New Year molestation of two women in Mumbai shows how revelry is replaced by hooliganism. The mob’s attitude is as humiliating as the police’s callousness. The police must be made accountable about their duties and responsibilities.
Apropos of Pramit Pal Chaudhuri’s article One death, three theories (January 3), Benazir Bhutto’s assassination was certainly a collective effort of al-Qaeda, Jhangvi and the hardliners in the Pakistan military. It was their united efforts that made the death of Benazir Bhutto child’s play.