Whatever the provocation for communal riots, they result in death, devastation, dislocation of families and, above all, mistrust among different communities (“The chilling familiarity of Muzaffarnagar,” Sept. 18). Only those at the receiving end of violence are losers; political parties merrily fish in troubled waters.

Compensation to victims and rehabilitation of uprooted families are short-term remedies. A lasting solution lies in ensuring education and employment to all, particularly women. Empowerment will make women stronger and self-reliant to resist anti-social elements on their own.

C.K. Saseendran,

Bangalore

People are preoccupied with two square meals a day, which is a Herculean task for many. The common man cannot afford to get involved in activities that instigate communal, caste and other tensions. Politicians, however, have all the time as their greed for power knows no limits. Whatever the reason for them to escalate tensions, the victim is always the common man. Muzaffarnagar riots, the exodus of north-eastern Indians, the Gujarat riots … in all these politics was in the forefront with religion and ethnicity being excuses.

Shaikh Jamir Munir

New Delhi

Political parties are least concerned about those killed or dislocated in the riots. There is no doubt that the U.P. government is largely to blame for its inability to prevent or contain the violence. However, the need of the hour is to lay emphasis on bringing back the harmony, brotherhood and peace that have existed between the communities in Muzaffarnagar for so long. Akhilesh Yadav’s resignation will not solve anything.

The elected leaders of U.P. must understand the gravity of the situation, and not waste time in pointless bickering. Communalism is a growing menace; the Centre and the State government must do everything in their power to eradicate it.

B. Ramesh,

Hyderabad

What happened at Muzaffarnagar was a blemish on our democratic and constitutional values. The violence could have been nipped in the bud but that would have been possible only if the political leadership had kept aside narrow political gains and let police work independently.

All Muslims are an integral part of our society; this country is as much theirs as ours. The responsibility lies on us to exercise wisdom and patience. We should not be carried away by hate speeches and unfounded truths like morphed video images.

Mridul Purohit,

Noida

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