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Sham secularism

The extremist elements in Hyderabad openly issued death threats against writer Taslima, claiming that they are Muslims first and anyone else later.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2007 23:35 IST

With reference to SK Singh’s article Trust the treaty (August 13), the Indo-US nuclear deal was reached after prolonged discussions. In no way does it reduce India to being an unequal partner of the US. The Left criticises the government, quoting the Hyde Act clause that requires India to join US efforts in putting sanctions on Iran. But India has never succumbed to any such demand despite strong US pressure.

CM Gupta, Lucknow

Police excesses

No language is strong enough to condemn the assault by the Jammu police on defenceless women protesting against the government’s failure to rehabilitate those evicted from the Valley. It is ironic for the police in a democratic nation to act so mindlessly while facing aggrieved protestors, a throwback to the oppression of the colonial days. The government and the Human Rights Commission must take action against those responsible.

JN Mahanty, Puri

Sham secularism

The attack on Taslima Nasreen by members of the MIM is a matter of national shame. It is an attack on secularism and Muslims should condemn it in the same manner they condemn atrocities on Muslims elsewhere in the world. Respect is earned, not demanded, and philosophies opposed to religions also deserve respect. Religions must coexist with new challenges. Organisations like the MIM should be dealt with like any other unlawful outfit.

Anand Kumar, via e-mail

II

The extremist elements in Hyderabad openly issued death threats against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, claiming that they are Muslims first and anyone else later. Given the clamour for Muslim votes, hardly any conviction may take place against these anti-social elements. It is this sham secularism which is responsible for the communal divide in India.

Udita Agrawal, Delhi

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