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It’s time the government took decisive action against terrorism

With the reference to the editorial Tall promises, little action (Our Take, February 23), the Hyderabad bomb blasts have once again highlighted our security gaps and the country’s vulnerability to terror attacks.

We need to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism like the US and Britain but for that the government and the Opposition first need to demonstrate a strong political resolve to fight terrorism.

However, bearing in mind the fact that the previous Parliament sessions ended in a washout, one hopes that partisan politics will not eclipse the Budget session and the House is allowed to function. The country at this crucial hour needs a productive and constructive debate on terrorism.

Bikash Chakravarty, via email


Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remark that the government had received intelligence about the bomb blasts but “no specific target” clearly shows that the government does not have a clear-cut policy on terrorism and there’s little that we have learnt from our past experiences.

After every terror attack, all we witness is a blame game between the Centre and states over intelligence alerts. Unless the government takes decisive action against terrorists, India will continue to lose lives to terror attacks.

R Gururajan, Ooty

The game will go on and on

There’s no doubt that the declining popularity of Test cricket is cause for concern but for former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga to suggest that the format would “die” if Sachin Tendulkar retires from the game is far-fetched. Several stalwarts of cricket have gone, but the game goes on. All Test cricket needs is more innovation and creativity.

N Mahadevan, via email

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