Sitaram Yechury’s article Contorting Bharat (February 22) shows how much threat he perceives from the BJP. It would have been a good topic if he had not maligned the BJP/Hindu Raj. One should understand that clapping never takes place with one hand. He is playing both sides, being in opposition as well as in government. This is the time for him to act rather than write too much against Hindus and Hindu Raj. This is merely spraying venom on the society.
Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy’s argument that if millions of people favour shops and commercial establishments in Delhi in violation of the municipal law, there must be something wrong with the law is somewhat weird. An inefficient regulatory machinery that allows repeated violations of the established law does not make the law erroneous. Millions of people indulge in corruption: does that make corruption a lawful activity, and do we need to change our anti-corruption laws?
The train which was named as Samjhauta Express has proved this time to be different from its meaning. The terrorists have not spared a train that helps both Pakistanis and Indians travelling across the border to meet their relatives after many years. The government must take measures to identify and arrest terrorists so that such terrible incidents could be prevented.
India should put its house in order before it embarks on lofty sounding declarations for combating terrorism. The lack of basic security check apparatus on such a sensitive train route shows the lax attitude of the authorities. We need vigilant efforts and not hollow claims of bringing the culprits to book after the tragedy has claimed precious lives.
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