I thank The Hindu for carrying the editorial “Hindutva’s terror link” (Nov. 3) which is unbiased, and is based on facts and bold interpretation. The myth perpetrated by the RSS and the BJP that terrorist activities are linked to Islam and the Muslim community has been shattered with the arrest of radical Hindu activists in connection with the September 29 Malegaon blasts. It has been proved that terrorism has nothing to do with any religion. Anyone who claims that he or she is carrying out terror activities for a religious cause is wrong. Neither Hindus nor Muslims are terrorists.
Whenever bombs exploded in any part of the country, an average Muslim had to face a spiteful campaign that said “all Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim.” The arrest of Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur and four others with links to right-wing Hindu extremist organisations should serve as an eye-opener to all. Terrorism cannot be linked to any religion. Unfortunately, our political parties view the menace through the prism of elections.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin,
Religion has nothing to do with terrorism. Perpetrators of violence must be punished without bias, whether they are Hindu or Muslim. Furthermore, political parties should not be allowed to take advantage of situations like these. They must be held accountable for creating communal tension and disrupting peace and harmony.
Shahnaz Mohamed Thahir,
Though belated, the investigations into terror blasts appear to have become unbiased. Even though there were clear indications of the sangh parivar’s involvement in Nanded, Parbani, Purna and also Kanpur, the investigation agencies, by their not-so-enthusiastic efforts, created an impression of profiling a particular community. The apparent change in their approach will raise the confidence of the people in justice-oriented law enforcement.
The sangh parivar’s claim that culpability can be adduced only after an accused is proved guilty is ironical. Does this principle apply only if they belong to the parivar?
This refers to the report that Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray has backed Pragnya Thakur and asked the legal community to defend her and the other accused in the Malegaon blasts case. The media should refrain from publishing such statements made by irresponsible leaders at least on the front page.
K. Victor Johnson,
The BJP feels there is nothing wrong in using private funds to help someone. Fair enough. But did not the same party criticise the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia who wanted to provide legal aid to two students arrested in connection with the Delhi blasts?
S. Anantharaj Abraham,
Communal sentiments are assuming dangerous proportions, nourishing the monster called terrorism. The bomb blasts in Delhi, Gujarat, Assam and the violence in Orissa, Maharashtra and Bihar prove this. The unwarranted support expressed by religious and responsible political leaders to the perpetrators of violence and terrorism is inhuman. These leaders would do well to bear in mind that they are cutting off the branches of the tree on which they sit.
C. Petson Peter,
With the alleged involvement of Sadhvi Pragnya Thakur in the Malegaon blast, a new face of terrorism has cropped up. Is it fair to term it ‘Hindu’ terrorism? Or does it signify the resentment of an otherwise silent section? Perhaps some people have lost faith in the system, as the government has done nothing except offering lip service to the victims of terrorism all these years. I don’t justify the Malegaon incident. No doubt it was nefarious but it should also serve as an alarm for the parties in power.
Mahesh Kumar Singh,
Bomb blasts have occurred in the States ruled by the BJP, the Congress and the Left parties. There is, therefore, no point in blaming governments based on their political colour. All of them have failed uniformly in providing security to the average citizen.
All ideologies are vulnerable to extreme interpretations. It is man’s innate tendency to believe that his values are the best. From this pride arises all conflicts and violence towards others. All major religions, including Hinduism and Islam, advocate moderation and respect for divergent views. When we start loving others, we will see the differences as bright colours. Parents must instil in children a sense of respect for variety. The common man in India has always understood this rationale and hence, over the years, a great majority of the people have lived in harmony.