In her article As Indian as they come (March 14), Barkha Dutt makes a valid argument. Asking a community to loudly register its protest is questioning the rights of fellow citizens.Updated: Mar 15, 2006 02:11 IST
In her article As Indian as they come (March 14), Barkha Dutt makes a valid argument. Asking a community to loudly register its protest is questioning the rights of fellow citizens.
What is invisible is that it is not the Muslims but those who are attempting to create insecurity who are in the minority. The media’s limelight upon such fanatics has made made matters worse.
With her last sentence “this is not their failure, this is ours”, Barkha Dutt has answered all the questions she raised in her article, about the need for Muslims to prove their loyalty. The ‘they’ and ‘us’ attitude has been the bane of Indian secularism.
Barkha Dutt has questioned the need for Indian Muslims to condemn terrorist acts. If Hindus and human rights groups can speak and act against riots in Gujarat, there is no reason why Muslims should not strongly and publicly condemn attacks on Hindu places of worship. But they have never spoken so far. Moderate Muslims need to come out without fear lest their silence is misinterpreted as acquiescence.
Trail the money
The Government should check the high price-rise in real estate business in and around the capital, especially after the courts’ verdict of misuse of residential areas and Metro Rail’s expansion. The government should strictly track down investment of large-scale unaccounted money in real estate.
Subhash C Agrawal
Richer and poorer?
The report India makes more tycoons than China (March 12) is really wonderful. But it is news of equal importance that the number of poor in India is much larger than that in China.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is anxious to see Kashmir issue resolved, but it is he who needs to stop get terrorists to shun violence.
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First Published: Mar 15, 2006 02:11 IST