I do not agree with Amish’s views in In God’s own country (Modern Indian, June 7) because over the last three decades what India has faced is not secular extremism, but a clash of religions triggered by vested interests. Religious extremism is a divisive force and perpetuates violence among various groups. The Khalistan movement succeeded in creating a wedge between Sikhs and Hindus. Similarly, the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi movement turned large sections of Hindus and Muslims against each other. However, it is imperative to understand the cultivation of tolerance and respect for other religions will impart to us a true understanding of ourselves.
Vijay Chawla, via email
Namita Bhandare in Failing at the top (Another Day, June 8) covers all aspects of moral bankruptcy. With the Congress as the epicentre, the scourge of corruption, nepotism and cronyism, has spread to all fields from industry to media. The gatekeepers of democracy have failed to take cognisance of issues ailing the nation and are driven by vested interests. They never seem to admit to their brazen shortcomings, let alone take guard against them. It is true that with morals fast eroding, the rot has set in.
Ravi Vats, via email
Namita Bhandare’s analysis about leadership and values overlooks some crucial factors. Leaders do not descend from heaven but they evolve in a society and values are acquired and propagated. In their journey towards success, people tend to forget their morals to fulfil their selfish motives. Today, people may have succeeded in achieving higher standards of living, but seem to have lost moral ground. From politics to industry to media, the moral fabric has suffered a great loss. Good governance and education that instils morals are the only ways in which our value system can be restored..
K Kanakasabhapathy, via email