The dictatorial regime in Pakistan has taken another victim - the mainstream Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. The Balochs are poor despite living on a land of vast natural riches. They are demanding nothing but their legitimate rights in the gas-rich region. The situation will only worsen if President Musharraf fails to give the Balochs their legitimate rights.
Unnecessary hue and cry
A lot of hullabaloo is being made regarding the Dutch authorities' detention of 12 Indian passengers on North-west Airline (Dutch regret, August 26). In fact, it was the behaviour of these passengers that made the crew suspicious. The Dutch authorities and airline crew actually deserve appreciation for prompt action in dealing with suspicious passengers.
AG Noorani's (Giving teeth to terrorism, August 29) attempt to avoid any reference to the role of religion in the extremist violence in Kashmir only serves to hide the truth that Kashmiri extremists are getting ever more deeply influenced by pan-Islamic ideologues. By no means was the 'bloody uprising' by Kashmiri Muslim separatists in 1989 secular.
Creating a void
Apropos of Abhishek Singhvi's Losing the song for the words (August 30), we in India always capitulate when it comes to such unjust demands, all in the name of secularism. I wonder if Mahatma Gandhi was right in declaring India a non-theocratic State unlike Pakistan.
The song Vande Mataram, a source of inspiration for all Indians, is going to turn 100. Since its origin, it has served to unite Indians and reminds us of the sacrifice of our freedom fighters. There is no need to make it a political or religious issue.
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