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Tall claims, little progress

india Updated: Oct 05, 2008 22:14 IST

Apropos of the editorial Another blast of questions (Our Take, October 3), tall claims made by the government regarding its intelligence-gathering system have proved hollow as terrorists have struck everywhere with impunity. The police and ‘intelligence agencies have taken refuge in words like ‘leads’ and ‘progress’ but their claims have proved to be humbug. HT is right in alerting the government that unless intelligence-gathering is streamlined, the scourge of terrorism can not be dealt with. It is time to set up as flawless a system as possible to fight terrorism.

RL Pathak, Delhi

A community under the scanner

Apropos of the report Black bands mark a sombre Eid (October 3), if the Muslims of Azamgarh hate the Indian administration so much, why do they stay in India at all? How can anyone claim, also without proof, that those arrested were innocent? If some Muslims are subjected to scrutiny, it’s only because of other misguided elements in their community who have often been found guilty of terrorist acts. If they feel that they are under the scanner, this is also sometimes because of repeated references to jehad, which is exclusive to Islam.

Aniruddha Bhattacharjee, via email

Improper remark hides inaction

With reference to the report Row over Sheila’s adventurous remark (October 3), it is surprising that the national capital with a lady Chief Minister has such a high rate of crimes against women. Especially in light of this, Sheila Dikshit’s statement is unfortunate. Being a journalist, travelling back home at 3 am is a job requirement for some. If such people get murdered by anti-social elements, it is a failure on the part of the law-enforcing agencies and the government, and one can’t blame the victim. Dikshit should divert her energies towards hunting down the culprits.

Gunjan Shree Sinha, Delhi

Abetting terrorism

I fail to understand why some politicians and the media are keen to appropriate terrorists as one of their own. These criminals belong to no religion or community, since no religion preaches genocide, and so they deserve no sympathy from any quarter. All moderate, sensible people from al religions condemn these dastardly acts. In fact, it is only the tacit, and often open, support of our politicians and religious leaders which has emboldened these terror-mongers.

BL Srivastava, via email

Funny side up

Mondy Thapar’s Bapu can laugh (October 2), reminded me of an incident when the great poet Ambikagiri Roy Chaudhury told Vallabhbhai Patel of his decision to fast unto death if Assam was given to Pakistan. Patel quipped that if he did that, he might never know which side Assam finally goes to.

Omar Luther King, Delhi

Half-baked ban

With reference to Soumya Bhattacharya’s article What a drag (Keyboard capers, October 2), banning smoking in public places is a great initiative. However, some issues have been left unclear. For instance, where is one to submit the fine, and if the penalised person is not carrying any money with him, what are the alternatives to an on-the-spot fine? Also, what about those police officers and state officials who themselves smoke in public places? It will be totally unethical if such officers are allowed to penalise offenders.

Gaurav Aggarwal, Faridabad