The fact that Parliament has condemned with one voice the Mumbai terror attacks amounts to an unprecedented show of unity by politicians across party lines. In the recent Assembly elections, voters have shown that efforts to politicise terror, as was attempted by the BJP, will not work. The political parties should realise the contingency of the situation and stand united against terrorism. United and strong political will is the first step towards fighting terrorism.
P Senthil Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
The electronic media is trying to mislead the people into believing that America and the West would be taking action against Pakistan. Nothing of the sort is likely to happen. After a flurry of statements and visits, a fortnight or so later we will see the US lining up with Pakistan. Not that the media doesn’t know it. This is a diversionary tactic to take the flak away from the ruling party.
RaghuNath Singh , Jaipur
It just doesn’t wash
If Aditya Chopra had to make a movie after eight years, he should have come out with a movie that justifies his long hiatus. But instead he has thrust upon the audiences a shoddy and inept film like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In the film a newly- married husband, Surinder Sahni (aka SRK) makes a monkey of himself (through his alter-ego Raj) to get his wife Taani to love him. The script is contrived, the screenplay is hopeless and sanctimonious and the dialogues are banal. SRK fails to entertain. How long can the audience bear to see this ageing star doing the same antics movie after movie?
Amjad K Maruf, Thane
No free lunches here
The West must put pressure on Pakistan to stop ‘exporting’ cross-border terror into India. But does India expect the Western countries to act on its behalf without it playing a proactive role in their efforts to curb terrorism ? Is India willing to contribute elements of its own armed forces to Afghanistan and Iraq? It must think aloud.
SC Sharma, via email
If he can’t, who will?
Apropos the editorial, Don’t hide behind euphemisms (Our Take, December 13), it doesn’t become the head of a State to use euphemisms to explain his administration’s incapability to deal with terrorists using his country’s territory. Zardari should remember that if he cannot rein in rogue elements in Pakistan, he will have to go.
Tarlok Singh, via email
We’re still off the list
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has put Pakistan on notice in unequivocal terms. But what is surprising is both the US and the UK are falling short of asking Pakistan to hand over 40 fugitives to India. India’s demand to Pakistan to hand over the criminals has become a cry in the wilderness, which is extremely unfortunate.
KV Seetharnaiah, Hassan
Thanks, but no thanks
It seems that the religious groups in Pakistan are worried about Muslims elsewhere. They think that Muslims are in dire need of their help, guidance and cooperation. For their kind information, we the Muslims in India are safe, we have full liberty of practising our religion, which is guaranteed by our Constitution. Approximately 20 crore Muslims are living peacefully along with other communities in India.
Unfortunately, this peace is tested and disturbed by their diabolic interference. So my humble advice to Mr Zardari, please stay away from us.
Mansoor Khan, Mumbai