OPINION

Shocking

I want to thank The Hindu for its condemnation of the violence in a Mangalore pub (“Mangalore’s immoral police,” Jan. 28). The hooliganism indulged in by activists of the Sri Ram Sene — who beat up young women and men in the pub — was shocking even for a nation where oppression of women is widespread. Far from being isolated incidents, such acts form part of a wider pattern of vigilantism that is being reported with alarming frequency all over the country. Such behaviour, if left unchecked, will corrode our pluralistic democracy from within.

Ninad R. Bondre,

London



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Mangalore-type incidents are becoming more frequent. One hopes the government will take strict action against the vandals before they start attacking people on occasions like New Year-eve too. Fearing Islamist extremists, clubs and hotels in Pakistan have not been holding parties on New Year-eve for many years now. It seems, like their Muslim counterparts in Pakistan, groups like the Sri Ram Sene also believe that it is a sin to enjoy life.

Shakir Lakhani,

Karachi



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The ugly incident in a Mangalore pub is a reinforcement of the saffron brigade’s audacity. It was clear from the modus operandi of the Sri Ram Sene goons that they were not doing moral policing. They were enjoying themselves. They are worse than the Taliban because it does not take its so-called job of cultural policing as a means of recreation.

It is disturbing to see such a transformation taking place in India in the name of protecting Indian culture.

Shivam Sharma,

Aligarh



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Groups like the Sri Ram Sene use the name of religion for their vested interests. They are in the same league as the Taliban, which imposes its own rules on the people and wants the country to be ruled according to its whims.

Sandeep Sharma,

New Delhi



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The sena of Ram fought a war to save a woman’s honour. But the Sri Ram Sene activists beat up and abused women in a Mangalore pub in the name of Ram. What a shame!

Anuvrat Arya,

New Delhi



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If what Mr. Pawan Kumar Shetty said — that cameramen came to the spot 15 minutes before the attack began and positioned themselves at strategic points — is true, it is disgusting. Are not journalists citizens of India who have a responsibility to prevent crimes?

K.N. Uma,

Salem



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Averting a major incident of lawlessness would have made the media more credible than airing the footage of the ugly incident. One only hopes the media houses will rethink their policies.

S. Sundaresh,

Bangalore



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The violence in Mangalore was perpetrated by elements which wanted to defame the BJP government. The media, instead of indulging in a propaganda against the government, should have given useful information to the police before the attack on the pub.

K.G. Padmanabhan,

Palakkad



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There can be no justification for the deplorable action by the Ram Sene activists. The media obviously had prior information. They are equally responsible for the violence. Had they informed the police and the pub owners in time, the incident could have been averted.

H.K. Seshadri,

Bangalore

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