first_imgBig Deal The only positive outcome of the carnage – for which politicians need not be credited – has been that it did not lead to a communal flare-up in convalescing Gujarat. -RAAJ GOPAL MEHROTRA, Kanpur Beyond Belief The carnage at the Swaminarain temple confirmed that terrorism in India has,Big Deal The only positive outcome of the carnage – for which politicians need not be credited – has been that it did not lead to a communal flare-up in convalescing Gujarat. -RAAJ GOPAL MEHROTRA, KanpurBeyond BeliefThe carnage at the Swaminarain temple confirmed that terrorism in India has reached perilous proportions (“Terrorism’s New Strategy”, October 7). Terrorists should remember that killing for religion is like lying for honesty: it doesn’t attain any objective. The people of Gujarat should stay calm to uphold secularism and defeat all intents of the terrorists. An eye for an eye only leaves everyone blind.-K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreIrrespective of how the instigators of the dastardly strike at Akshardham interpret it, in gauging the success of the cowardly act emphasis would necessarily lie more on the response it provoked than the operation itself. The restraint by the people in the wake of grave provocation must have disconcerted the extremists.-UDAY POWAR, AurangabadThe attack on a soft target like the Swaminarain temple in Gandhinagar, the seat of the Gujarat Government, is another instance of intelligence failure and security lapse. That it took hundreds of state police-men and NSG commandos to kill two gunmen after a long battle is a point that needs investigation. We are woe-fully ill-equipped to deal with disasters. The tragedy has exposed our vulnerability to random attacks. The policy-makers wake up only when there is a disaster and return to their slumber.-D.B.N. MURTHY, BangaloreTerrorism’s strategy may be new but the solution is old: crush the terror machines wherever they show their head. The strike targets may be soft but the will of the nation is strong and the morale of our forces high. The need of the hour is to strengthen our intelligence network. Our intelligence agencies must introspect, detect flaws and take remedial measures so that such incidents do not recur.-SATISH SATIJA, DelhiWhile better coordination is required among intelligence agencies, the state and Central police organisations and the military, it should not translate into creation of more top-level posts. In our country coordination has always been used to expand promotion opportunities. There are already umpteen number of coordinating bodies, with secretary-level officers, but insiders know about the quality, timeliness and use-fulness of their analyses. What is really needed is to increase, strengthen and make effective the ground-level intelligence collection by penetrating hostile groups. If the US can break up terrorist groups with the help of FBI, there is no reason why we cannot, given the ethnic advantage we have. If we cannot counter jehadi trouble-makers within our country, how can we dream of covert retaliation?-R.V. NARAYANAN, on e-mailIt is time our leaders concentrated more on action and less on political rhetoric to stop such inflammable tendencies. It is sheer naivete to depend on a foreign power for the internal security of our country. It seems that secularism has simply become a feel-good word buried in some part of the Constitution; if we cannot guard its integrity, let us not destroy it either.-RICHA JOSHI, LucknowJust beefing up the security at important places is not enough to ensure terrorist attacks do not recur. What we have to change is our thinking: if the terrorist camps in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir are destroyed, it will slow down the infiltration.-MALAV MEHTA, AhmedabadSplendid in DeedN. Chandrababu Naidu seems to be in trouble but the fact remains that Andhra Pradesh has made tremendous progress in several fields under his dynamic leadership (“Fading Glory”, October 7). His splendid achievements stand in stark contrast to the dismal record of bad governance by the Congress chief ministers. If scandals defeat and destroy Naidu’s fairly able and efficient government-as the undeserving and unscrupulous Congress hopes and expects – it would be a supreme tragedy for the people of the state. Of course, an intelligent administrator like Naidu should steer clear of scandals that have tainted the fair image of his government, which has done its best in the face of heavy odds.-T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatoreThe congress has a long way to go to prove its worth. Naidu, on the other hand, already has several ongoing schemes for the rural poor. However, only time will tell whether he will be able to give the state sustainable development without running into a debt trap and still be able to hold on to his position.-A. JACOB SAHAYAM, on e-mailWhat age do we continue to live in if we fail to offer any choices to our women and let the men walk away with all the decision-making? -BAL GOVIND, Bareilly Fruitless ChaseThe difficulty in getting Abu Salem deported to India is as ironical as the case of a man who grows a tree in his garden but cannot enjoy its fruits as they are hanging over the neighbour’s lawn (“End Game”, October 7).-RAJNEESH BATRA, DelhiGround RealityOur obsession with cricket – which fetches a millionaire like Sachin Tendulkar a customs duty waiver on a Ferrari-represents a society with warped sensibilities (“Money Wars”, September 30). As a pilot with a national carrier, I am expected to fly a Rs 600 crore-machine at 1,000 kmph at 37,000 ft through bad weather and any emergency, and safely land with 300 human lives on a narrow strip of land with pin-point accuracy. I do not enjoy the luxury of being able to score a duck and going back to the pavilion. Every time I operate a flight the country earns millions in foreign exchange. Yet each time I return to India my customs duty exemption is only for goods worth Rs 300. There are many more unsung heroes in this country who deserve the nation’s gratitude. Isn’t it time to review our priorities?-CAPTAIN SUBHASHISH MAJUMDAR, MumbaiWith the kind of money flowing into it, cricket hardly remains a sport and is increasingly becoming like a television serial: people’s favourite stars performing, heroines showing up during breaks, the umpires as villains and even day and night shows.-DR RAJIV CHOPRA, DehradunUtter DisgraceM. Karunanidhi, who has been a staunch atheist all his life, is now meddling in matters of religion and thereby setting a dangerous precedent (“War of Words”, September 30). This is probably a cheap gimmick to remain in the news. We must realise that the ugly head of politics has only ruined society. By showing disrespect to the revered Shankaracharya, Karunanidhi’s ailing political career is bound to worsen.-VIVEK IYER K., CoimbatoreDoes no one question Karunanidhi’s hypocrisy? Even as he criticises the use of Sanskrit, his grand-daughter attends a school where one has to study Sanskrit or Hindi as a third language and his Speaker’s grandson opts for Sanskrit as second language.-EKALAVYA KRISHNAN, on e-mailAge of ConsentMani Shankar Aiyar displays his sycophancy by comparing Sonia Gandhi’s age to the Indian Constitution to establish her Indianness (“Voices”, September 30). It also shows the Congress’ desperation to convince Indians that Gandhi is one of us. Aiyar, it is clear, has turned senile.-M.V. RAO, BhubaneswarA mathematics teacher asked her class, “If the length of this room is 20 ft, what is my age?” While the class fell silent, one pupil got up and answered: “You are 40.” When the teacher asked the bright child how he correctly deduced her age, he replied that his brother was 20 and half-mad! Aiyar obviously has not heard of the anecdote.-M.S. KILPADY, MumbaiPutting at RiskBy holding the Jammu and Kashmir elections in four phases, we are inviting the terrorists to strike at will (“Redeeming Revolt”, September 30). If the election commission cannot hold polls the same day despite an enormous force at its disposal, it had better be dis-banded. By having the elections at one go, the casualty figures can be min-imised as terrorists cannot possibly strike all over the state in a single day.-DR M.L. GUPTA, on e-mailPace SetterI was part of the three-member High Speed Committee formed by the Railway Board in the 1960s to recommend steps to increase the maximum speed of trains to 100 kmph (“How Safe are Fast Trains?”, September 23). The crux of our recommendations was that with regard to the existing track and century-old bridges, it was possible to increase the speed marginally to a maximum of 120 kmph – any further increase required a new alignment of track and substructure with gentler curves and points and crossings meant only for high-speed trains. Therefore, two pertinent questions arise: who authorised and on what grounds the increase in speed of the Rajdhani Express from 120 to 130 kmph? And, when it was indicated that the bridge on Dhawa river had developed internal fracture on one of its pillars, why wasn’t a permanent speed restriction imposed till the repairs had been made, checked and certified?-J.M. Kapur (retd), Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, DelhiadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementPreity ZintaRank and OrderWhy is it necessary to assign ranks to actors to gauge their talent and appeal? -SITA RAM, on e-mailPreity Zinta may win a Miss Popularity contest but lacks the spunk to be the queen of the marquee. -ALPA SHAH, on e-mail Cheat FundWisitex Foundation seems to have made a business of cheating organisations by collecting hefty amounts as participation fee in exhibitions and then having them postponed or cancelled (“Fair is Foul”, September 23). We had paid Rs 2.92 lakh in 1997-98 for participating in the “Instrumentation & Control-99” exhibition organised by Wisitex. It was cancelled but we are yet to receive a penny. We are told several participants have met the same fate. The Government should take stringent action against Wisitex.-AMARENDRA KULKARNI, MD, General Instruments Consortium, on e-maillast_img

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