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Not custodians of morals

india Updated: Jan 27, 2009 23:01 IST

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Apropos of the editorial They are thugs, not custodians (Our Take, January 27), it is shocking to know that hooligans belonging to the Sri Ram Sene committed the heinous attack of beating up girls and boys in a Mangalore pub. It demonstrates how extremists are forcefully trying to impose their opinions on people. By taking the law into their hands, they have openly mocked the concept of democracy. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that an incident like this has occurred. The administration should ensure that such incidents never happen again and take punitive action against the miscreants.

Tharcius Fernando, Chennai

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I fail to understand why the media are trying to corrupt young minds by encouraging the use of drugs and liquor. What the Sri Ram Sene did in the Mangalore pub is right and justified. In the past too, many people have been caught at rave parties in various cities in India. This shows how our culture and values have degraded over the years. The National Commission for Women should not interfere in the issue and instead should focus on curbing female foeticide, dowry deaths and providing free education to the girl child. The media too should be banned from spreading immorality in the country.

Priyanka Goel, Bangalore

Nationalism has no limits

Ramachandra Guha in The man who saw India (January 26), fails to treat the concept of nationalism fairly while using the case of Rabindranath Tagore to support his view that sectarianism and xenophobia lie at the heart of nationalist politics. These evils cannot be justified in the name of nationalism. Also, nationalism is never directly related to a community or religion, as against what the write-up seems to be conveying. Tagore, as his writings reveal, never tried to field nationalism against internationalism.

BALRAM MISRA, via email

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RAMACHANDRA GUHA has taken up the solemn task of reintroducing Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore might not be a household name outside Bengal, but his credentials as a poet, playwright, novelist and composer are ubiquitous. He pioneered social reforms through his revolutionary views against various problems that India suffered from in those times. He truly embraced the nation with his farsightedness and unorthodox attitude.

MOHAMMAD MURTAZA ALI, Delhi

Pak’s exploiting our weakness

The report 2 Pak terrorists killed in Noida on R-Day eve (January 26), clearly shows the ill intentions of the terrorists. The credit goes to our alert forces, which foiled their plans at the right time. The government must now wake up and take stern action against Pakistan. We should first ensure that our borders are properly guarded so that the problem of infiltration is curbed. Pakistan is aware of our weaknesses and is taking advantage of our meekness. If we want to tackle the problem, we must act now.

Gulshan Kumar, Delhi

Bitter taste of exclusion

With reference to the editorial A bitter aftertaste (The Pundit, January 26), the MNS has now targeted the famous Karachi Sweets. Is it the proprietors’ fault that they named the sweet shop after their native city from which they had migrated to India at the time of Partition? The biggest irony is that the state government is mute on the issue. This only gives more confidence to hooligans to commit more crimes.

Azhar A. Khan, Lucknow