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The politics of terrorism

Apropos of the editorial Trial by terror, this time it’s Assam (Our Take, October 31), the frequency of terrorist attacks across the country has deepened the fissures that already exist in our country of a million communities.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2008 20:47 IST
Hindustan Times

Apropos of the editorial Trial by terror, this time it’s Assam (Our Take, October 31), the frequency of terrorist attacks across the country has deepened the fissures that already exist in our country of a million communities. One can blame the recurring bloodshed on many factors, but the games our politicians play after every terror strike are abominable. Those who shield terrorism must be shown no tolerance. Nothing is more important than the nation.

RK Malhotra, Delhi

One Raj unites, another divides

With reference to Sudhanshu Ranjan’s article Indians in India (October 30), Rahul Raj’s murder at the hands of the Mumbai Police and the attacks on north Indians by the hooligans of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) are shocking incidents. The most shameful event is the support given to such a barbaric act by the politicians of Maharashtra. Rahul’s murder may be considered a tactical mistake by the police, but the fact that politicians are out to defend the police shows that they have the same bent of mind as Raj Thackeray. Also, it would seem that the failure of the police to nab the MNS rogues is due to their own regional bias. This could be one of the biggest threats to our plurality. I am seriously worried about the future of India as we know it.

Desh Deepak, Patna


It was heartening to see warring leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan coming together to question the death of Rahul Raj in Mumbai. But in this drama, none of these gentlemen gave a thought to the core problem. Why did they fail to generate jobs in their own state so people would not have to leave in droves in search of employment? They accuse the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray of dividing India on regional lines, but they forget that they, too, have been managing their political survival by dividing people on the basis of caste.

Awadhesh Kumar Singh, Pantnagar

New morn in Maldives

Apropos of Sumon K Chakrabarti’s article No more room for Gayoom (October 30), I wish to congratulate the people of Maldives on a historic election. The country’s first multi-party presidential election represents the beginning of a new phase in the nation’s democratic development. It also represents a significant landmark in the bold process of democratic reform initiated by Abdul Gayoom. Gayoom leaves a legacy of impressive growth and development in Maldives and should be proud of his role in leading the country to a prosperous, democratic future. The spirit of this transition will be widely welcomed everywhere.

Cathy Price, London

Leave internal matters alone

The military operation in Sri Lanka against the LTTE is an internal matter of the country. The LTTE has indulged in one of the bloodiest separatist struggles anywhere. On the other hand, the Tamil politicians are trying to capitalise on the issue. But it is only Sri Lanka which can decide on its future.

Syed Amir Mian, Aligarh

Media are going overboard

The media must be ashamed for blowing the Malegaon blast investigations out of proportion. Also, the overzealous attitude of the media to bring a bad name to the Sangh parivar and the BJP shows that they are acting on the directions of political rivals.

Praveen Sharma, via email


Will the media realise the sensitivity of the Malegaon blast case and stop sensationalising the coverage till the truth is established? It is better to remember that a terrorist is a terrorist whatever his name or faith. So it would only be wise on the part of the media to aid the swift investigation and speedy trial in this case and not go overboard.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Checkmating the world

Congratulations to Viswanathan Anand on retaining the World Chess title. Anand becomes the first player outside Russia, after American Bobby Fischer, to hold the champion’s crown with a victory in the match-play format. He has become the master of the game in knockout, tournament and match-play, the three formats in which chess is played at the highest level. Anand has displayed tremendous resilience and perseverance in his 25-year career. Anand’s quest for excellence has made him one of the most admired sporting icons in India.

Narayan B Iyer, Mumbai

First Published: Oct 31, 2008 20:45 IST