Apropos of the article We are all to blame (January 13), Barkha Dutt deserves thanks for portraying the state of our democracy. We may regard democracy as having been established when every individual believes he carries a public responsibility.
BK Kumra, via e-mail
We failed as a civil society in Nithari, in Hashimpura, Bhagalpur, Ayodhya, Mumbai and Gujarat because we tend to view the happenings around us through coloured glasses. If we see clearly for a moment, it would be apparent that Nithari is the result of years of negligence. If we don’t start Operation Clean-up top-down right away, we would have so much criminalisation that it will be beyond redemption.
SA Khan, Noida
Barkha Dutt’s observation is right that the conspiracy of silence and our collective callousness killed the children of Nithari and not one of us can escape blame. Unfortunately, we only blame the police and politicians while in fact society at large has to take the blame. An educated and honest person seeking election to the assembly or Parliament, contesting against thugs of all political shades, hasn’t a hope in hell. We should wake up and fight the evils in our system if we intend to prevent another Nithari.
Manohar Yadav, Alwar
The writer has rightly highlighted the status of our irresponsible and apathetic society where so many Nitharis go unnoticed. Does it not show the lapse of the media too? Where were those investigating crime reporters when the children were reported missing and not traceable for years?
Sujit Sircar, Ghaziabad
We should force the government to reform the police and other institutions, in keeping with the directives issued by the Supreme Court, to prevent such horrific incidents. There is need to have performance appraisal of our elected representatives. If our MPs or MLAs fail to follow the guidelines of the court, they should be prosecuted.
Ravinder Chouhan, via e-mail
Rein in Ulfa
Apropos of the editorial Talking tough to Ulfa (January 18), the Prime Minister has rightly said that Ulfa should not mistake the government’s conciliatory tone as a sign of weakness. It is a reality that the ISI is training and financing insurgents and the state government has failed to keep a vigil on the activities of Ulfa.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Ulfa is nothing more than an extension of ISI and extremist organisations like al-Qaeda. Why should we then talk to them? Ulfa’s agenda is to frighten and chase out migrant labourers from Assam and to make space for illegal migrants from Bangladesh. Both Ulfa and the Congress are working to facilitate illegal Bangladeshis. Manmohan Singh’s tough talk sounds hollow when we consider ground realities.
KKG Pillai, via e-mail
The racist attack on Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty in Britain is reprehensible. British law should take its course to deal with those making the offensive remarks on the reality show, Celebrity Big Brother. Denial of access to TV, newspapers and phones to the group of celebrities is humiliating. The Indian High Commissioner should take up the matter with the authorities in London and alleviate the hurt feelings of Indians.
KV Seetharamaiah Hassan
The news of racial abuse against actress Shilpa Shetty is shocking. Racial abuse is a form of exploitation. The comments made by one of the celebrities are offensive not only to Shilpa' but also to Indian democracy. In a civilised society there exists no room for racial abuse. The show must be censored and the producers sacked. The accused must apologise.
Vipul Kumar, Delhi
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