With reference to Benazir Bhutto’s article Moment of truth (September 1), it is not necessary that democracy alone can curb terrorism, what matters is the opinion of the government in power and whether it will like to renounce terrorism. When Benazir Bhutto was the Prime Minister of Pakistan, thousands of terrorist camps were functioning on Pakistani soil and terrorists were used for creating disturbances in Kashmir and for other anti-Indian activities. Pervez Musharraf, under pressure, has cracked down on some of the terrorist camps and extremist activities came down at the LoC.
Saad Ullah Khan, Aligarh
Benazir Bhutto is right when she says that democracy is the only weapon to defeat terrorists. Dictatorship is like a fertile soil for religious fanatics. It is not only the case of Musharraf, but all the military rulers in Pakistan met with the same failure internally. Fundamentalists are on the rise and they have their presence everywhere. It is in India’s interest if democracy prevails in Pakistan. It will give an impetus to the peace process between the two nations. Democracy represents the views of masses and majority of Pakistanis want good relations with India.
Pankaj Benjwal, Delhi
It is surprising that Benazir Bhutto is going on about freedom, civilisation and a democratic government in Pakistan. She forgets that Pakistan is an Islamic State and its philosophy is based on
jingoism. Many Pakistanis are adamant about the belief that jehad runs in their blood. Now they want to change this impression and for this Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif’s presence seems necessary. But I suspect the basic philosophy of Pakistan will change.
Krishna Bajpai, Faridabad
Even Pervez Musharraf will admit, not publicly, that things have gone out of his control. That’s why he is desperate to shake hands with his bete noire, Benazir Bhutto. The sooner democracy returns in Pakistan, the better it will be not only for the country but for the entire region.
Brajesh Kumar, via e-mail
It is good that Benazir believes in democracy in Pakistan which is a must for public welfare. But if she returns to Pakistan and becomes the PM, it will be difficult for her to foster a growth-oriented economy while retaining the basic tenements of Islam, which are wrongly interpreted by fundamentalists for their personal benefit. More empowerment to women is the need of the hour, through education and opportunities and not reservations.
Mahesh Kumar, via e-mail
Role of violence
Ramachandra Guha’s conclusion in Our violent streak (September 6) cannot persuade a discerning reader to accept that India’s political independence was won solely by a bunch of non-violent reformers. Allowing for a while that it was non-violence, what’s wrong in commemorating violent revolutionaries whose sacrifice and commitment inspire even today. When Guha observes this as an interesting phenomenon, he sounds less convincing and more intriguing.
KK Mohanty, via e-mail
Degrees of mockery
It is shame to see Health Minister A. Ramadoss’ intervention in the affairs of AIIMS. It is a pity that the doctors had to resort to the High Court in this matter and in spite of the court’s direction, some of the degrees remain unsigned. The doctors have the right to get their degrees that they earned after years of hard work.
Mukesh C Gupta, Cambodia
The editorial The presidential pocket (September 6) is a satire on the government’s move to double the salary of the President. No sensitive incumbent President would agree to accept such official largesse, designed to justify similar bounties down the political and bureaucratic ladder. It is scandalous in view of the appalling poverty of 77 per cent of the population forced to subsist on less than Rs 20 a day.
VT Joshi, Bhopal
Apropos of the editorial Seeing is believing (Sept. 4), Muslim community, guided by the conservative and fundamentalist clergy, is responsible for the backwardness of Indian Muslims. Religion-based reservation will not only add fuel to the fire but may divide the society further and spread the venom of hatred for each other.
Ved Guliani, Hissar
Independent India at its 60-year landmark has become a joke. This is as a result of 60 years of misrule and power politics. India is now notorious for crime, terror, communal and religious wars, corruption, scams, its population growth and eroded human values. At least now, let us realise our misdeeds and rededicate ourselves to the greater common good.
NVSN Murthy, Secunderabad
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