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Time to come together

Please avoid reports like Muslims feel heat of 26/11 (December 6), that too on the front page of a national daily. Why should we give credence to the actions of a few?

india Updated: Dec 08, 2008 22:19 IST

Please avoid reports like Muslims feel heat of 26/11 (December 6), that too on the front page of a national daily. Why should we give credence to the actions of a few? Why force an issue down the reader’s throat when there are just sporadic examples to support it? This is the time for all Indians to be united and face the situation together. At the same time, I feel bad because of the action of some who seem to have lost their sense of conviction in these trying times.

SN Singh, New Delhi


The report aptly suggests that after every terror strike, the entire Muslim community has to carry the burden of guilt as their brethren are found embroiled in the killing of innocent people. This heinous act flies in the face of Islamic jurisprudence that says the killing of innocent people is the greatest sin. It is time to stand united and express our solidarity with the bereft families who have lost their members in the Mumbai attacks. In this regard, the decision taken by the Babri Masjid Committee not to observe December 6, the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid as Black Day is a welcome gesture.

Azhar A Khan, Lucknow

Keep defence morale up

Vir Sanghvi’s Article Shameful naval gazers (December 04) is extremely biased. The Naval Chief has rendered four decades of unblemished and dedicated service to the nation and his professional acumen and leadership qualities have been duly acknowledged by the government of India. The press has been denigrating the defence forces of late and it appears that this piece is a part of the overall campaign to malign the defence forces. Such opinion will only demoralise the armed forces. I will appeal to all to keep the spirit of goodwill intact while we do post-mortem into the Mumbai attack.

Satbir Singh, via email

Failures all the way

Apropos of the editorial, A bad system is no system (Our take, December 3), the need of the hour is to act on intelligence in a concerted manner. We still don’t know who are behind the Mumbai attacks. But we know for sure that there was an inexplicable delay by intelligence bodies to communicate the information gathered to the appropriate agencies and the latter’s abysmal failure in reacting to that. As you have put it, it is a system that may as well not be there.

Tarlok Singh, via email

A ‘nowhere’ implication

Apropos of Kumkum Chadha’s article Nowhere man (November 22), the writer has created an erroneous impression about Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi. Since 1971 when he first joined the Haryana cadre of the IAS, he has held several important positions and had created a positive impression wherever he served. The suggestion, according to the headline, that he is a ‘nowhere man’ is rather ludicrous.

SK Mishra, Chairman, INTACH

First Published: Dec 08, 2008 22:17 IST