Pakistan must curb terror, its survival depends on this
I agree with the editorial In danger of going under (Our Take, March 7), that Pakistan is reluctant to contain the tidal waves of extreme fanaticism, that have been threatening peace in the region. The murder of minorities affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti confirms the presence of anti-social elements who haven’t left a stone unturned to spread violence in the name of religion. The government in Pakistan must tighten its grip on terror groups to prevent such killings in future.
Amarnath Upadhyay, Mumbai
Pakistan appears to have failed to check the rising menace of religious fundamentalism that poses a grave threat to its security, stability and existence. The assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti and Punjab governor Salman Taseer for opposing the blasphemy law is yet another glaring example of the utter lawlessness which gives terrorists an upper hand.
Khan Safar, Mumbai
Look at the positives more
I feel it is people like Harsh Mander who keep the fire of communal hatred burning (A dream gone sour, March 7). What happened in Gujarat in 2002 is condemnable. But did anyone ever condemn the burning of the Sabarmati Express or what happened to the Kashmiri Pandits? Instead of harping on the negative, maybe it’s time to point out the positive developments that are taking place in Gujarat.
R Kapoor, via email
The poor are out of the loop
This refers to Sitaram Yechury’s article Governing by wealth (Left Hand Drive, March 8). The UPA’s decision to cut subsidies of over Rs 20,000 crore on fuel, fertiliser and food will be a big issue for the aam aadmi. Instead of a uni-directional approach towards the rich, the government should also think about the poor in the interest of national development.
Manisha Chawla, Dehradun