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With deliberate forethought

india Updated: Dec 26, 2008 22:54 IST
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With deliberate forethought

Barkha Dutt in Loony tunes (Third eye, December 20) has done well by exposing the motive behind A.R. Antulay’s immature statement on ATS Chief Hemant Karkare’s death. The politician’s attitude was so cavalier that he did not care to consult senior members of the party and the Prime Minister before issuing a sensitive statement. If he thinks of building a political base in this manner, he is living in a fool’s paradise. The voters are tired of this age-old divide and rule politics.

A.D. Pandey, Delhi

II

Barkha Dutt has rightly pointed out that blatant politicisation of the terror attacks by the Congress and the BJP is an attempt to woo voters. Terror has always been an issue for us. The political parties which address this issue with an aim to consolidate votes from specific communities should be condemned. We have not forgotten the remarks made by SP leader Amar Singh on the Zakir Nagar encounter. Antulay has now struck the same chord in Karkare’s death. Both of them have spoken a language that intends to appease the Muslim minority.

Tarlok Singh Bhatia, via email

III

Soon after the Mumbai terror attacks astounded the world, our politicians were back to their petty politics. Is it not a national shame that one of our ministers made a statement which was exploited by Pakistan? Can such people ever win a fight against terrorism? Unfortunately the Congress high command kept quiet for too long on the episode. I am sure that terrorists around the world were watching this Congress-backed drama with glee.

Shrikant Jaimini, via email

IV

Some people have the tendency to remain in the news even without being worthy of it. The Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay is one of them. Before blurting out his doubts relating to the death of ATS chief Hemant Karkare, he should have realised that he holds a responsible position in the national political scenario. His opinions as an individual are welcome. But in his capacity of a cabinet minister, he should have watched his words.

Harish Kumar, Delhi

Landing on their feet

N. Chandra Mohan in Time to bounce back (December 24) is correct in saying that terrorism cannot be wished away. The response time needs to be minimised for effective damage control. The manner in which Taj Hotel and Trident have returned to business is commendable and the people behind it deserve accolades. Cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Bengaluru regained normalcy within days to live up to tourists’ expectations. Now, the government must ensure the safety of foreign investors’ staff and establishments.

Gulshan Kumar, Delhi

Hollow inside, modern outside

Apropos of the report 12-yr-old sold for 50kg wheat (December 25), while India takes pride in its progress, one should reconsider the meaning of modernity in the light of such a ghastly report. A few glitzy malls strewn across the metropolises do not make a nation prosperous. As long as poverty corrupts some minds to the extent of marrying off a child for basic necessities, India cannot lay any claim to modernity.

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata

Not managing the markets

Pramit Pal Chaudhary in Losing the momentum (Wonk’s World, December 25) has rightly expressed the view that the government has failed to control the market slowdown. The Indian market cannot remain immune to global recession. Our government, led by a former economist, has not yet delivered its best. All statements made by the government were confusing and misleading.

Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi