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An appeal for peace

We are deeply alarmed at the repercussions of the publication in Denmark several months ago of insulting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed and their subsequent re-publication by some other European newspapers and at the violent acts in reaction to them.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 03:32 IST
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We are deeply alarmed at the repercussions of the publication in Denmark several months ago of insulting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed and their subsequent re-publication by some other European newspapers and at the violent acts in reaction to them. The anguish in the Muslim world is shared by all individuals and communities who recognise the sensitivity of religious belief.

There is need to show sensitivity in treating issues of special significance for the adherents of any particular faith, even by those who do not share the belief in question.
We fully uphold the right of free speech. But we understand the deep hurt felt in the Muslim world. We believe freedom of the press entails responsibility and discretion and should respect the beliefs of all religions. We also believe the recent violent acts surpass the limits of peaceful protest. We condemn the deplorable attacks on diplomatic missions. Aggression against life and property can only damage the image of a peaceful Islam. These events make the need for renewed dialogue among communities of different faiths and authorities of different nations, all the more urgent.

Kofi A. Annan, Secretary General, UN
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu,
Secretary General, OIC
Javier Solana
High Representative for Common Foreign & Security Policy of the EU

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The publication of the cartoons of the Prophet hurt not only the religious sentiments of Muslims but the soul of freedom of expression, fraternity, secularism and civil society. This incident may stimulate religious fundamentalists to spread terrorism.

Manish Saxena
Delhi

Secular victory

The opening of more than 80 per cent of the Gujarat communal riot cases on the order of the Supreme Court makes clear the complicity of the Narendra Modi government (Lifting the lid, Feb. 10). The senior officers reviewing the cases have shown courage in bringing them to public attention. The fabric of secularism is so strong in India that people like Modi can only temporarily mask it.

Mukhtar Ahmad
Aligarh

Boon or bane?

I endorse Anoop Kohli’s views in Cell out (February 10). All of us deserve a cell-free day. It made me wonder if cell phones are a boon or a bane.

Gayatri Gahlaut
via e-mail

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