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Wrong kind of protection

india Updated: Oct 29, 2008 22:57 IST

Apropos of the editorial If it’s ‘terrorists’, adjectives don’t matter (Our Take, October 27), Hindus have never displayed militancy except during the freedom struggle. If they were really militants, Pakistan would not have been created and a minority population in Independent India would not have enjoyed much liberty. Thanks to the pro-minority stance of the UPA government the minority groups continue to display their militant postures through bomb blasts and mass murder. By projecting Hindus as militants, the UPA wants to play down the anti-national and terrorist role of jihadis and other minority outfits to whom it wants to provide protection.

Shrikant Jaimini, via email

II

It is interesting to see how quickly our so-called secular politicians and the media have reacted with a strong-worded condemnation against the plausible plotters of the act. Politicians like Brinda Karat, Lalu Yadav, Amar Singh and other champions of pro-minority secularism who have spoken out against Hindu terror should be accosted for never speaking out against jihadi terror groups. The media, too, were over-enthusiastic in declaring this incident as an uprising of ‘Hindu-terror’.

Yogeet Sharma, Delhi

III

The editorial has called a spade a spade by asserting that nomenclature like Islamic terrorism or Hindu terrorism makes no sense when it comes to national integrity and that terrorism is not confined to a particular religion or community. Frankly speaking, a lunatic fringe might exist in any community and what matters most in the present dispensation is to address the burning problem of terror faced by the entire nation from multiple quarters.

Azhar A Khan, Lucknow

Look for the fourth alternative

Ramachandra Guha in Lost in the woods (History Matters, October 24) has rightly exposed how Christian, Hindu and Maoist recruiters tend to treat tribals as cannon fodder. They chase their own profits in luring the tribals. But does Guha have any solution? Does he remember Nehru’s ‘note of 1958’ with the hope that the fourth alternative lies there?

AD Gupta, via email

Once again, caught napping

With reference to the report The great fall (October 25), though recession in India is being linked with the global meltdown, but China is not much affected by it. This is because our government was not alert. The FIIs were encouraged by the government to invest and now they are exiting. There are other disturbing factors that are eating into our economy.

M Khurana, via email

Lost in conversion

Apropos of Mujibur Rehman’s article Orange County (October 27), what is the relevance of converting to Christianity in today’s open society? What kind of secularism is this where dollars are spent to lure vulnerable tribal people? Why is philanthropy’s obverse side conversion to a different religion? Desmond Tutu once said, “When the white man came to Africa, he had the Bible in his hand, we had the diamonds. Now White man has the diamonds, we have the Bible.”

Anil Bakshi, Mumbai