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Scared into protesting

Apropos of the article As Indian as they come (March 14), it is ironic that the fear of a backlash motivated moderate Muslims to condemn the recent Varanasi bombings.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 01:06 IST

Scared into protesting

Apropos of the article As Indian as they come (March 14), it is ironic that the fear of a backlash motivated moderate Muslims to condemn the recent Varanasi bombings. Similar public protests against extremists in Kashmir, who targeted the minority Pandits leading to their mass exodus from the Valley, could have gone a long way in resurrecting genuine secular Kashmiriyat, as well as forging better understanding between Hindus and Muslims in the rest of India.

Lalit Ambardar
Delhi

Poor schooling

Rahul Gandhi is right in saying that for a poor student, a bad school is the end of the road (Rahul gets an ovation, March 10). Most government schools suffer poor infrastructure and have a high dropout rate and a paucity of quality teachers. The state governments in the past have attributed their failures to lack of funds, but the real problem is the lack of commitment in implementation of schemes such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

LK Batra
Noida

Truly Indian

Saeed Shervani in Isn’t it loud enough? (March 14) is right that Indian Muslims are not a part of global terror, not because they enjoy the freedom of our Constitution but also because Muslims are more responsible and true Indian citizens who do not believe in any form of violence.

So there should be more encouragement to our equal opportunity-based education system with transparent policies.

Syed Aamir Rizvi
Delhi

No room for shame

This refers to the report NDA guns for EC (March 17). The NDA delegation met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for the dismissal of EC Navin Chawla. The office that he occupies requires persons of unimpeachable integrity and character which Chawla cannot claim to have. That Chawla didn’t see it fit to resign goes to show how thick-skinned our bureaucrats have become. They prefer to be thrown out rather than leave gracefully.

RJ Khurana
Bhopal

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