The government must get to the root cause of the Assam riots
This refers to Rajdeep Sardesai's article Douse the fire, now (Beyond The Bite, August 24). The history of independent India has been marked by frequent inter-communal violence and the recent riots in Assam and then in Mumbai are no exception. But surprisingly, government after government whether at the Centre or in the state has failed to learn lessons from the past. Instead of issuing platitudes and indulging in mudslinging to gain political mileage, our politicians should try to understand and solve the complex issues of immigration, land use and ethnic identity. Besides, we need a zero tolerance policy against all forms of violence, sending a strong message to conspirators.
Aparajita Kotlia, Dehradun
We need to have a high level of coordination and intelligence-sharing among the law-enforcing agencies so that any attempt at violence can be preempted. In this digital age, the police also need to keep abreast of technology. The recent exodus of Northeasterners showed how technology was being used to spread distorted content and thus create mass panic. There's an urgent need to check such rumour-mongering activities disseminated through either mobile phones or social networking sites.
PK Srivastava, via email
Rs. 100 cr club is a threat to content
This refers to Anupama Chopra's article It's all in the stars (August 27). The fact that the Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger has crossed the Rs. 200-crore mark (domestic and overseas box office) shows there's little place for good content in the Indian film industry which is dominated by commercially viable masala films. The advent of the formidable Rs. 100-crore blockbuster club is a threat to small films with strong scripts.
Naveen Shekhar, via email