With reference to the editorial In danger of going under (Our Take, March 7), the killing of minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti is yet another blow to democracy in Pakistan. The cracks in the nation’s polity are growing and the radicals are holding the country to ransom. A total collapse of governance seems imminent. The government must take stock of the situation and take on the extremists head on. Let the assassination of Salman Taseer and Bhatti not be forgotten.
RD Singh, Ambala
A poor report on minorities
With reference to Harsh Mander’s article A dream gone sour (March 7), discrimination is the norm in a democratic country like India even 60 years after independence. Muslim-dominated areas, in any part of the country, are identical in their squalor: with highly-congested streets and urchins ruling the roost. Such an environment is perfect for fostering crime. No matter how proudly we proclaim that India is a healthy democracy, there is no denying that its largest minority lives as second-class citizens.
Iqbal Ahmed, Kolkata
Mander seems to have gone little
too far in painting Gujarat as a wicked state where Muslims are treated as unwanted citizens. Trial by media is reprehensible, given that courts are doing their duty. A former home minister has been put behind bars. The 2002 riots were unfortunate but the fact that Gujarat is peaceful and progressing should not be ignored either.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai