With reference to Vir Sanghvi's article Walk tall, walk proud (November 25), the terror attacks in Uttar Pradesh make one wonder whether the country is surrendering to the diktats of religious fundamentalists. The anti-terrorism legislation has been emasculated under pressure from vote-bank politics and if we do not take strong anti-terror measures, India will go the way of its neighbours. It is shocking that little progress has been made in protecting civilians against attacks from terrorists. A dangerous pattern of home-grown terrorists is emerging.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore
It seems law-enforcing officers have been made ineffective by our political bosses. How can the intelligence agencies take care of people under these circumstances? Successive governments in UP have destroyed its institutions and tainted persons have been elected. Even the chief minister is under a cloud in the Taj Corridor case, but no action has been taken against her. Electoral reforms are the need of the hour. The government should utilise advanced technology to detect and check the crime.
AL Agarwal, Delhi
THE bomb blasts that went off in UP aimed at creating panic. The incidents should be condemned in the strongest terms. The involvement of a foreign hand cannot be ruled out. The way the blasts occurred inside the court proves that terrorists find it easy to choose their location. It is time to set up high-end closed-circuit television to keep tabs on suspicious elements in public places.
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
Vir Sanghvi's suggestion that we remain immune to the terrorism sounds unfeeling. It may be a sort of befitting reply to the terrorists, but who is going to console those who lost their near and dear ones? We have to condemn and crush terrorism with a heavy hand. Merely being a mute spectator and waiting for terrorism to die a natural death may sound good, but it is not the solution.
GK Arora, Delhi
Matters of faith
Karan Thapar in Do we pass the Taslima test? (November 25) deserves to be congratulated for his piece. But Taslima Nasreen’s case is a bit different than that of M.F. Hussain. Hussain is absconding from India, where he is facing many court cases. He selectively and deliberately targets Hindu deities when he is a follower of a different faith. Has he ever exhibited his artistic flair with regard to his own faith? Would his co-religionists spare him? There’s a limit to Hindu tolerance.
Shreeram Paranjpe, via e-mail
It is time the CPI(M) stopped calling itself secular. The term ‘pseudo-secular’ is gaining legitimacy now. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s police first tried and then succeeded in separating Rizwanur Rahman and Priyanka Todi. And now the government has sent Taslima Nasreen away from West Bengal because it thinks secularism is about pleasing fundamentalist Muslims.
Tareq Zahir, via e-mail