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Terrible Thursday

The powers in Pakistan should realise that elimination of terrorism is essential for the survival of humankind.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2007 02:18 IST

Terrible Thursday

Benazir Bhutto's assassination shows that terrorism is at its peak in Pakistan. The powers in Pakistan should realise that elimination of terrorism is essential for the survival of humankind. To rid the world, and particularly this region, of the menace, Pakistan could even join hands with India, which too is under direct threat.

Manmohan Bhatia, Delhi

What a White wash

Barkha Dutt in Brown man's burden (December 22) notices social snobbery among Indians but misses the 'reverse racism' to which we are subjected. A White person gets better service from an airline or a hotel, even if we are better customers. Clients expect desis to work 24x7 while being very understanding of goras who don't work on weekends. We have only ourselves to blame if the Whites feel they're better than us.

Murali Neelakantan, via e-mail

II

In a competitive sector like hospitality, a company's global brand equity and market positioning are key drivers of growth. The Orient Express rightly evaluated these factors while deliberating on its alliances. Indian industry should learn from this and focus on quality. Racism is not the reason why Indian names aren't included in the list of the world's top 100 brands.

Manish Kapoor, Faridabad

III

We Indians hardly need outsiders as enemies. We have plenty of them inside the country. Had we got rid of our sectarian mentality, the greed of our politicians for power and illiteracy, we would have gone further ahead on the road of progress.

Naval Langa, Ahmedabad

IV

Barkha Dutt rightly says that we are required to put our own house in order instead of cursing the West. India tried to change the mindset of developed countries, but a lot more still needs to be done. The burning issue is to change their thought process, which still believes in Black vs White, and their superiority complex. In trying to prove our superiority, let us not forget the India living behind the Taj hotels.

GK Arora, Delhi

Murder of democracy

Benazir Bhutto's assassination signals a black day in Pakistan's history. The world has lost a valuable leader, who could have taken her country to new heights. Musharraf obviously felt threatened by the popularity of his main rival for the coming elections, and her murder indicates how a dictator is misusing his powers. It's interesting that the killer was able to shoot from such close proximity, indicating a lack of security at the rally. This attack is an act of the State.

Chinmay Mukhi, via email

II

The assassination of the former Pakistan Prime Minister is not an attack on an individual, but on democracy. The people of Pakistan have lost a popular leader. Her killing indicates that anti-social forces and terrorists are stronger than the government in the country. It's strange that despite an earlier attack on her life, Bhutto was not provided adequate security.

Siddharth Kumar, Bhopal

III

Benazir Bhutto's assassination is an irreparable loss to the democratic world in general and Pakistan in particular. It is a setback to the cause of democracy in Pakistan. Radical Islamists are bent upon eliminating all those who are seen to be close to the US. It appears Pakistan is heading towards protracted political turmoil and civil unrest. This gives an excuse to the entrenched army leadership to prolong their rule.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

IV

There has been a symbiotic relationship between the Pakistan army and religious fundamentalists since the nation's birth. The involvement of both these elements were apparent in all the wars between Pakistan and India. Musharraf will now arrange to liquidate Nawaz Sharif, appoint puppet parliamentarians and declare himself president for life. This will also suit the US, which talks of democracy but supports autocratic regimes to serve their interests.

SM Sharma, Noida

Speak your mind

The West Bengal government's move to welcome Taslima Nasreen back is praiseworthy. In our democracy, everyone has the right to free expression. People with contrary opinions are allowed ways to express them without having to take law into their hands. This applies even to issues like MF Husain's exhibition and the Nandigram outrage.

Alok Srivastava, Delhi

All hail Modi

Rajdeep Sardesai's analysis of the Gujarat election in The new Advani (December 26) defends his and his fellow journalists' incorrect reading of the public mood. The majority sentiment in the country yearns for a strong leader who can resist the type of minority-ism that resulted in the country's partition and someone who can bring about inclusive development without corruption. Narendra Modi fits the bill.

JS Bali, Delhi

Left is not right

It is surprising to read Sitaram Yechury talking of people's welfare (Charm offensive, December 27). Their welfare lies in planning for adequate power availability to meet future demand. At a time when the CPI(M) is opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal and evicting farmers from their land, Yechury's sermon appears grossly hypocritical.

KK Mohanty, via e-mail

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