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The death of 18 navy personnel in a blast on INS Sindhurakshak near the Mumbai Naval dockyard is shocking.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2013 22:12 IST

Make sure that our armed forces are given the best equipment

The death of 18 navy personnel in a blast on INS Sindhurakshak near the Mumbai Naval dockyard is shocking.

This tragic incident takes the sheen off the recent good news that INS Arihant’s nuclear reactor was activated and that INS Vikrant will boost the capabilities of the navy by 2018. Also, recently five of our jawans were killed at Poonch in J&K.

These incidents are sad reminders of the risks our armed forces take on a daily basis. The defence ministry probe will come out with the facts behind the blast and in the meantime, the ministry should make sure that there is no compromise in the equipment used by our armed forces.

Madan Mohan, via email

Engineer a reverse brain drain

The launching of INS Vikrant has placed India on par with the US, Russia, France, China and Britain. Indian scientists deserve to be congratulated.

China has already expressed annoyance at the advent of indigenous aircraft. There are a lot of brilliant scientists of Indian-origin working abroad. Imagine the scientific advancement India will make if all these great minds work for the country. The government should encourage them to come back and work for the country.

KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan

Time to revaluate secularism

Sagarika Ghose in Look beyond politics (Bloody Mary, August 14) makes lucid observations on modern-day Hinduism and how it is being confined to a defensive religion rather than a profound culture and civilisation in itself.

This politicisation of Hinduism by some leaders in a bid to turn faith into a destructive political weapon has the potential to incite communal violence. Our policy of secularism needs to be revaluated so as to foster greater communal unity and harmony among religious communities.

Salini Johnson, Delhi

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