Readers’ Forum : Think Practically not Emotionally
Think Practically not Emotionally
Apropos article titled ‘Question of Propriety’ by Prateek Rai in Organiser dated October 1. No religion is bad. It is an intentional wrong interpretation for personal motives, made by so-called champions of religion. The present situation in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims is the outcome of misconceived idea of a separate State led by political activists and misguided leaders. Whatever may be the reason, India cannot afford more illegal immigrants or refugees. Security is another reason, as suspected terrorists are taking shelter within the refugees. Bangladeshi refugees already had heavy economic cost on India. It is time to think practically and not emotionally.
MAHESH KUMAR, Delhi
This refers to the article titled ‘What is off-target at BHU?’ by Shaan Kashyap in Organiser dated October 8. It has been rightly said in the article that we need campuses ‘where the mind is without fear’. Violence in the campus of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is unfortunate. In fact it really pains when one sees that Police is brutally hitting the students especially the girl students. And sometimes even those students are hit who have got nothing to do with this violence. It is surprising that stones and petrol bombs were freely used in the campus. Students are sent to schools/colleges to learn and equip themselves to make their future. They should desist from indulging in unlawful activities in the citadels of learning. Meanwhile it was reported that outside forces cause trouble in the campus. Can’t the security forces stop the entry of bad elements into the campus? Or else, closed circuit television cameras must be stalled in the campus besides tightening up security. Moreover, students should follow the code of conduct prescribed for them in the campus and maintain strict discipline. Those who are interested in education should only be admitted in the first hand. Moreover even if some unto do incident has taken place it should be resolved peacefully rather than behaving like barbarians.
RAVI SINGH, Delhi
Homeland for Hindus & Non-Muslims
This refers to the article, ‘Who cries when a Hindu dies?’ by Martand Jha, in Organiser dated July 30. It has been correctly concluded that politics of appeasement of Muslims for votes is responsible for the Muslim groups to intentionally do things which are disrespectful to the Hindu community. However, there is another side of it. Gandhi did not require Muslim votes in truncated Bharat. He went on fast-unto-death for the sake of Muslims, but completely ignored the large scale slaughter of Hindus and the Sikhs left in Pakistan to die there and told them not to come to truncated Bharat. He befooled them by saying that he was sure, that the Pakiskan Government would protect them. In his prayer meeting on September 23,1947 Gandhi while meeting a deputation of Hindus and Sikhs from Rawalpandi said that he has no doubt, that Pakistan authorities would ensure full protection to the Hindus in every part of Pakistan. He used to tell the Hindus that they should be prepared to die and the art of dying do not require any special training. (See page 33, Daily Diary). This clearly shows that Gandhi was not bothered about the Hindus. The present petty politicians are faithfully following Gandhi. Gandhi, by repeatedly fasting to protect the Muslim Community sent a message to the whole world that the life of Muslims in truncated Bharat was in danger and this spoiled the image of Bharat and the Hindus. The only way to solve this problem is to black list Gandhi, Nehru and the associates and make truncated Bharat constitutionally a homeland only for the Hindus and non-Muslims, as Muslims created their separate homeland Pakistan in 1947 itself and liquidated almost the entire Hindu and the Sikh population from there in a most cruel manner.
ANAND PRAKASH, Panchkula, Haryana
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should blame none but herself for the huge embarrassment she brought to herself and the Party by issuing a totally arbitrary order banning Durga idol immersion on the Muharram day and shifting it to the next day. This is a different matter that this time Muharram fell on the following day. Had it be on the same day it would have created communal disorder. The Calcutta High Court has rightly slammed her Government for disturbing communal harmony and for drawing line between the two communities. The court explicitly said that the Government has the power but that doesn’t mean that it can do whatever it wants. In fact it was not the job of the Government but of the district administration to discuss the matter with the representatives of both the communities, mark separate routes for the Durga idol immersion and Muharram procession and deploy adequate Police force to maintain law and order.
M C SHARMA, Panki, Kanpur
Apropos article ‘National Security Paramount, Not Religion’ by Brig (Retd) Anil Gupta in Organiser, issue dated October 1. It is sad to learn that the secular (pseudo) leaders and parties are shedding tears on the plight of Rohingyas when not a drop of tear have been shed on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits who have been made refugees in their own motherland. If political parties or political leaders can’t do anything for the Kashmiri Pandits they don’t have any right to just bluff the general public by showing false sympathy towards Kashmiri Pandits. Kashmiri pundits were forced to run away from their motherland leaving behind their generations of wealth, culture, as their women were dishonoured and men shot at point blank. It is a pity that the once prosperous Pandits are now living in inhuman ghettos of Jammu, Delhi and elsewhere. It is a shame no Kashmiri political Party or leader came forward to help the fleeing Pandits. The internal displacement of a majority community in Independent India is a blot on the sovereignty and integrity of Bharat. It is time every citizen of this nation wakes up from slumber and enforces the Government to resettle every Kashmiri Pandit in his or her hometown/village. Only then we can claim that we are living in Independent India. M K PRASAD, Via Email
It has been rightly written in the article titled ‘Asia’s Assuring Alliance’ by Kanwal Sibal in Organiser dated October 1 that Shri Sinzo Abe wants not only to revive Japan’s economic profile in Asia but also assume more defence responsibilities and play a more active role in shaping new Asian security architecture. The excellent personal rapport enjoyed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe would ensure that both the countries further deepen their already firm partnership and pave the way for stronger diplomatic, military and strategic relationships. One also hopes that the Japanese and Indian cultures, which are different entities, continue to enrich each other. The legacy of the Indo-Japan relationship is ennobling, encouraging and inspiring. As one of the oldest friend to India, Japan has come a long way from sharing knowledge and expertise in automobile industry to running the Delhi Metro and now the first-ever bullet train in India. With Suzuki and Honda Motor Company becoming household names and greater cultural and people-to-people exchanges, the Indo-Japanese friendship is on a strong footing with roots going back to the pre-Independence era.
ISHA SHAH, Via Email
Long Term Benefits
Besides economic factors being involved in petrol pricing, for a country like India, it is salutary in a way that the prices remain high to reduce traffic congestion on roads. Traffic situation in the country is a consequence of our lopsided planning where vehicular occupancy on the road has no relevance to infrastructure. While statistics on a monthly vehicular production could provide elation because of shareholder’s profits and auto-production targets, we continue to be blind-folded to many of its fallouts. Devastating pollution caused by motor traffic is choking our lives. Is the general public’s pocket superior to all these concerns? What happens to our environment, greenhouse gases, hapless health situation, high decibel noises, mounting traffic deaths, lowering of our economic productivity, colossal waste of passenger’s time, rising frustration and road rage are nobody’s concern. In many European countries, the prices of fuel is kept high because of the taxes levied viz Netherlands, where tax on fuel is around 70 per cent. These taxes go for free education, state-of-the art infrastructure, free high quality health services, and many other social benefits. India’s pricey fuel must justify their level, failing which, social and political discord could be the natural consequences.
PRAKASH C DIXIT, Lucknow