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Spreading the terror message

With reference to the report Osama calls for jihad over Gaza (January 15), I fail to understand why we award importance to what terrorists like Osama bin Laden have to say.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2009 23:11 IST
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Spreading the terror message
With reference to the report Osama calls for jihad over Gaza (January 15), I fail to understand why we award importance to what terrorists like Osama bin Laden have to say. We provide them with a platform to convey their message to the masses that might not be able to judge them in the right manner and, in turn, can escalate the problem. The media should practise restraint while covering such news.
Guddi Prasad, via email

We get the leaders we deserve
Rajdep Sardesai’s contention in Growing up & showing it (Beyond the Byte, January 13) that holding together a vast and diverse political outfit requires certain emotional connect at a personal level is disproved by the historic victory of Barack Obama in the US. But in India the young generation of political leaders are mostly politicians’ children, with Mayawati, perhaps, being the only exception. So while Sardesai’s advice to young political leaders is well-meaning, we should admit that society gets the kind of leaders it deserves.
Surendra Kumar, via email

Too clever by half
Sagarika Ghose in Don’t keep up with those Joneses (January 15) is right in suggesting that these are testing times for India. Pakistan is trying to outsmart not only India but the whole world by twisting the facts handed over by India. In such a tricky situation, India should tread the political path cautiously. The conundrum of umpteen voices in the country will not derail our policies and strategies as half-heartedly or immaturely as they are doing in Pakistan. India must maintain its poise and balance.
rl pathak, Delhi

Sagarika Ghose’s analysis needs to be seen against the backdrop of 26/11 and the growing menace of religious fundamentalism in India. She is right in saying that the dominance of the elite class in Pakistan’s politics is the reason for the wretched state of the country. Only that nation which is governed by people from humble backgrounds can uphold the democratic ethos and fundamental rights of the populace.
Alok Kumar, Delhi

The green-eyed monster
I fail to understand why a political party or an individual is jealous with others’ progress. If Gujarat government is working for the benefit of the state, why do others want to bring up the issue of Godhra and pose hurdles in the way of progress? It seems the Congress is scared of losing the Muslim vote-bank.
Reeta Kumar, via email

With reference to the report Don’t forget Godhra, Cong tells India Inc (January 15), it is interesting to note that the Congress is objecting to the coloured views of some industrialists pitching for Narendra Modi as the future prime minister. If the Congress or the UPA are convinced of Modi’s alleged involvement in the 2002 Godhra incident, then why don’t they prove it and punish him? Such hollow slogans from a national party do not impress the common man or encourage him to vote for it. The Indian voter has been, and continues to be, used as a puppet and is being misguided by politicians.
Aftab Ahmed, via email

A really Soren sight
Sudhanshu Ranjan in Goodbye after by-elections (January 15) aptly highlights how Shibu Soren’s greed for power led him to cajole his allies, though his unprincipled demands were ultimately rejected. Power-hungry politicians in the country have misused Articles 75 and 164 for their selfish ends. This shows the politicians’ gluttony for power and the levels they can stoop to in order to achieve their ambitions. One has to curb such unhealthy trends and theatrics to ensure political credibility.
Abhishek Nagar, Delhi

A correction
Apropos of the January 16 news report on the death of filmmaker Tapan Sinha, the headline, Kabuliwallah creator passes away is misleading. Rabindranath Tagore wrote the short story ‘Kabuliwallah’, which Sinha based his 1957 film of the same name on. We apologise for the confusion.

First Published: Jan 16, 2009 19:44 IST