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With reference to the report Don’t harass minorities over terror: Shinde to CMs (October 1), BJP president Rajnath Singh’s demand that home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde should withdraw his letter asking chief ministers not to arrest innocent Muslims on terror charges is uncalled for.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2013 07:51 IST
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Sushil Kumar Shinde’s concerns over Muslim youth are not misplaced
With reference to the report Don’t harass minorities over terror: Shinde to CMs (October 1), BJP president Rajnath Singh’s demand that home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde should withdraw his letter asking chief ministers not to arrest innocent Muslims on terror charges is uncalled for. There’s no doubt that the government has to ensure that no innocent person is subjected to undue harassment but it is true that the police indulges in religious profiling and targets Muslim youth, especially after a terror attack. The acquittal of Muslim youths who were picked up as terror suspects in the 2007 Hyderabad Mecca blast clearly suggests that they were victims of prejudice.
-A Hameed Yousuf, via email

Mr Narendra Modi, it’s time to drop the rhetoric and start the real debate
With reference to the report Modi storms Capital, launches blistering attack on Rahul, UPA (September 30), like thousands of people, I also attended the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally at the Japanese Park on Sunday only to find out that his speeches are high on rhetoric and low on substance. It is strange that Modi launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi for undermining PM Manmohan Singh’s authority while he leaves no opportunity to take a dig at the PM. Now that the BJP has placed full faith in Modi, he must give mudslinging a break and start the real debate.
-Bidyut Kumar Chatterejee, via email

There’s little to rejoice about Lalu’s conviction in the fodder scam case
The fact that RJD chief Lalu Prasad enjoyed his ill-gotten money for 17 years and that there are over 6,800 corruption cases pending in various special CBI courts across the country, shows that there’s little to rejoice about in his conviction in the fodder scam case (No more in cloud Laluland, Our Take, October 1).
-Madhu Agrawal, via email

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