With reference to the report Twin suicide attacks in Pak, (October 10), terrorists have created panic by attacking a sensitive area with a huge police presence. The country has emerged as the centre of terrorism and, instead of taking tough action against terrorists, the leadership has patronised them. After targeting India for many years, the country has become a target itself. Now that many of its citizens have been killed in a recent spate of blasts in several parts of the country, will Pakistan finally do something towards eliminating terrorism?
Shailesh Kumar, Bangalore
The State as a bystander
Apropos of Gautam Chikermane’s Searching high and low for the law (Intersections, October 8) has well-captured the declining law and order situation, even as the political class remains blind to recent developments. The Kashmir and Singur protests, Kandhamal violence and the recent bomb blasts with a pan-Islamic influence speak volumes of the anarchy that has gripped the Indian way of life. There seems to be no hope as the State has proved to be soft on terror and lawlessness.
Ashwani Sharma, via email
EU condemns attacks
With reference to the report Fear rules Orissa camps (October 8), it seems that hatred for Christianity is gaining strength in many parts of India, leading to an anti-Christian bias and the slow marginalisation of the community. Our Prime Minister was deeply embarrassed when the issue was brought to his attention by French President Nicolas Sarkozy during India-EU summit, and by the fact that the European Parliament condemned the violence in a Resolution. Conversion is not illegal, and it is only forceful conversion that is wrong, but the Sangh parivar is wrong in targeting innocent Christian.
Abraham Ayckara, via email
Religion and terrorism don’t mix
Sitaram yechury in Blunting this sharp divide (Left-Hand Drive, October 9), has rightly highlighted the fact that the roots of terror might lie in the real and perceived injustice felt by religious minorities. But his point that ‘terrorism knows no religion’ is self-contradictory, mirroring the rhetoric of all ‘patriotic’ politicians these days. The fact is that no religion prescribes terror to settle grievances, perceived or real. Any attempt to link it to a religion is politics, Indian-style.
PN Razdan, via email
Sitaram yechury is right in saying that we must refrain from indulging in communally charged references. Labelling people on the basis of caste and religion is a blow to national integration. Any forcible conversion is shameful and to eradicate it, peaceful initiatives must involve all communities.
Yogita Bahuguna, Dehradun
Use words responsibly
In her article Opening the Book, (October 10), Renuka Narayanan has well-captured the misuse of Islamic references. The media must refrain from using words like jihad casually, because such injudicious usage only plays into the hands of the terrorists. It would perhaps be more accurate if the media start using fitna instead of jihad for terrorism. Jihad means struggle, so let it be known to these ostensible ‘jihadis’ that the real jihad is waged against the self and does not mean murdering innocents.
Shadab Husain, Lucknow