The meaning of Islam is peace
Apropos of Firoz Ali’s letter Ashamed to be Muslim (September 17) , I think he hasn’t understood Islam fully. The word Islam has its roots in the Arabic word ‘Salaam’ meaning peace. Terrorism is a crime against humanity perpetrated by humans. This doesn’t make us ashamed of being human but stirs us to condemn the act as being ‘inhuman’. So rather than contemplating renaming his daughter, let us inculcate in children the spirit of peace, which is the
underlying principle of Islam.
Anwar zaman, via email
Surviving a global downturn
With reference to the editorial How safe are we from catching the cold? (Our Take, September 17), the ongoing recessionary phase in Europe and the US is likely to have a huge impact on India’s prospects in the coming years. Recently, the bankruptcy and consequent collapse of large investment banks have caused fear in the minds of foreign investors who are withdrawing money from Indian markets. This financial turmoil is affecting the global financial system and India cannot be too far removed for too long.
Vikas Yadav, Faridabad
Muslims who are Indians first
Zia Haq in his report Why they hate us (September 17) seems to be resorting to a blackmailing tactic when he says that defeating terror will not be possible without Muslim help. His inference is based on the assumption that the reins of controlling terror are firmly in the hands of Muslims. He may have forgotten that the country has a large number of Muslims who are Indians first. Every community has grievances, real or imaginary, but that does not mean that they will become terrorists to avenge failed promises.
Balram Misra, via email
A selective helping hand
Apropos of the report Booklet by convert fuels Mangalore unrest (September 17), although the perpetrators of violence against the Church cannot be condoned, the victims in this case cannot be absolved of guilt either. The church is supposed to be a responsible religious body and should not indulge in hurting the sentiments of people of other faiths. There is no doubt that the Christian community is serving the poor and underprivileged, but they should do this for all those who are needy, irrespective of faith.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Politics before anti-terror laws
With reference to the report Not new but stronger terror laws, says govt (September 19), this is not the time to talk about reframing laws but to go after the culprits. As usual, the Congress-led UPA government is bumbling around trying to divert the attention of the people and protecting a coterie of non-functioning ministers led by the sartorially suave Shivraj Patil.
S Kamat, Goa
With reference to the editorial Seize the moment, grab the chance (Our Take, September 18), the apprehensions that the new dispensation in Kathmandu may tilt towards China over India have been set at rest by Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda’s insistence that his visit to China was only for the Olympic Games. New Delhi, for its part, has done well in reassuring Prachanda during his visit to India of its desire to render every assistance for the development of Nepal. It is also evident that the new PM of Nepal is well aware of the advantages of maintaining strong relations with India.
Tarlok Singh, via email