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india Updated: Feb 22, 2013 22:37 IST

The UPA is diluting India’s fight against terror by its doublespeak

With reference to the report Shinde ‘regrets’ terror remark (February 21), home minister Sushilkumar Shinde must explain to the country why he made the comment on saffron terror and why did he withdraw it later. Was he trying to get the support of a certain section of society? The home minister and the government he represents must not dilute this war on terror by their doublespeak. Shinde’s remarks are baseless as well as communal.

Vishnu Soni, New Delhi

Let’s agree to disagree

With reference to Namita Bhandare’s article Quiet in times of intolerance (Ano-ther Day, February 16), recent controversies surrounding Salman Rushdie and Kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam suggest that we as a society are increasingly becoming intolerant. This is a sign of a weak democracy wherein expressing any point of view that is even slightly out of sync with the politically correct sentiment can invite trouble. In these troubled times, we must realise people holding diverse views without clashing with each other is healthy for a democracy and we must agree to disagree.

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

This cycle of violence must end

With reference to the report Noida erupts (February 21), when trade unions call for strikes it becomes the responsibility of their leaders to ensure that their supporters don’t damage private and public properties. The protesters in Noida and Okhla had no right to damage government vehicles and prevent willing workers from going to their place of work. Only if the police takes strict action against the leaders of these trade unions, will their supporters learn a lesson and desist from such acts in the future.

Kiran Sabharwal, via email


In my article Trouble back home (Beyond The Bite, February 22), I wrongly mentioned that former president Zail Singh was a Dalit. He was a backward from the tarkhan (carpenter) community. The error is regretted.

Rajdeep Sardesai, Delhi

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