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Yesterday’s jihadis, today’s terrorists

Sherry Rehman in An unsettling problem (May 29) makes a passionate case in favour of the internally-displaced persons from the Taliban-infested areas of Pakistan.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2009 22:48 IST

Yesterday’s jihadis, today’s terrorists
Sherry Rehman in An unsettling problem (May 29) makes a passionate case in favour of the internally-displaced persons from the Taliban-infested areas of Pakistan. It is the proponents of the same pan-Islamic mindset that chased away Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley who are ravaging Pakistan now. It’s ironic that the ‘jihadists’ nurtured to inflict a ‘thousand cuts’ on India are now wreaking havoc on their mentor. It was not too long ago that Sherry Rehman chose to describe Kasmiri jihadis as freedom fighters following Zardari’s remark denouncing them as terrorists.
Lalit ambardar, Delhi

No smoke without fire
Carrying pictorial warnings on all tobacco products is judicious and bound to scare away some of the chronic smokers. Realising the incalculable harm being done to national health due to this malady, all efforts should be made to keep the populace away from the scourge of nicotine. In this age of the media blitzkrieg, it will go a long way if smoking is strictly banned on the big and small screens. Smoking is not gender-specific and reports have established that the number of boys and girls who smoke is nearly same. Those students who smoke are also more likely to use other drugs and engage in other anti-social activities.
Amrit sethi, via email

United against racism
This is in response to the incidents in Australia. I feel that foreign students in any country are considered assets for they are a major source of income for the country. It should be the responsibility of the host country to ensure the safety of its guests. But the response from the Australian government leaves much to be desired. The fact that the Federation of Indian Students of Australia has hit the streets in Melbourne shows the detrimental effect of these attacks on Indian students in Australia. It is high time that we show solidarity with them and send out the message that no such incident will be tolerated in future.
Ashna Bahl, via email

Don’t take His name in vain
no one should be allowed to take exception to ministers who have not taken the oath of office in the name of God. India is constitutionally a secular country and, in fact, swearing-in in the name of God should not be made mandatory at any official event. But, those who file PILs in the apex court in this regard should stop wasting the court’s valuable time.
Priyalal Adhikari, via email

Rise above petty problems
Apropos of the editorial Beyond the first 100 days (Our take, June 1), though the electoral verdict underlined continuity and stability rooted in focused governance, the bargaining of the DMK, and the rigid stance of Mamata Banerjee, along with a lack of principled clarity on government formation suggest that the government is yet to resolve the dichotomy between its ambitious campaign pledges and the conflict of personal and party interests. One hopes that the UPA can avoid the quicksands of political compulsions and manage to remove structural rigidities in the economy for the growth and development of the nation.
Ved Guliani, Hisar

Bowing to the wishes of allies
When L.K. Advani called Manmohan Singh a weak Prime Minister, Congressmen got angry. But, now the PM has bowed to pressure from the DMK, despite knowing that the DMK state government depends on the Congress for support. A. Raja has been inducted into the Cabinet though the PM had initially refused to accomodate any tainted minister. In the light of this U-turn on the Congress’ decision, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi owe an explanation to the people of India.
Om Parkash Dhingra, via email