Rajdeep Sardesai in Changing his stripes (Beyond the Byte, February 12), has cleverly satirised the Shiv Sena’s dirty political game. The people who we see as politicians today make for a bunch of unscrupulous bullies who will go to any extent to achieve their own personal goals. The recent fracas over the release of My Name is Khan in Maharashtra reflects how the Thackerays only care for their own selfish ends. The fact that the act was a blatant attempt to suppress democracy is obvious. It’s highly disillusioning to see our country fall into such boorish hands. Thanks to these separatist elements, India from being known for its unity in diversity, is now being identified with petty regionalism.
Neha Marya, Faridabad
The US protects only itself
Fareed Zakaria’s views in Jihad against jihadis (World view, February 16) that ordinary Muslims are sympathetic to the US anti-terror policy and consequently jihadis are being cornered is far-fetched and echoes the US’ policy of its fight against terrorism. Remember it was the US which supported Saddam Hussein and the Taliban in the past. If Muslim jihadis have become a threat, it is because of the US’s oppressive policies. And now that the Taliban has grown in might, the US simply wants to get rid of them at its own convenience. In fact, America protects only its own interests in the fight against terrorism.
V. Sreekumar, Delhi
Down with thugs in Delhi
Preeti Singh’s write-up Delhi’s devils (February 17) is a true reflection of the widespread nuisance in Delhi. It’s a fact that most people with an affiliation to the government use it to bully other people. And the reason why these so-called VIPs or their aides have only grown worse is because we never protest against such behaviour.
Sapan Garg, via email