Tackle it well
I am glad that the government, the security agencies and community leaders are working hand in hand to defeat terror (‘A radical cure’, August 5). Let no Indian ever fall prey to any propaganda by terrorists or anti-national forces. Also, online spaces should be strictly monitored.
Muslim community, as a whole, should support counter-radicalisation measures. At the same time, it is our collective responsibility to make sure that no Muslim is hounded unnecessarily.
The agonies of Bindu, Mini and Gracey, after having unwittingly sacrificed their progeny on the altar of Islamic terrorists, must serve as a lesson for all mothers in the country.
The counter-radicalisation programme will undoubtedly serve as the true antidote in bringing back the misguided and vulnerable young people in Kerala and other parts of the country to sanity and level-headed behaviour.
Whether it is in Kashmir or Kerala, the footprint of the Islamic State deserves serious condemnation. However, there should be some accountability on social media and other channels, as some are seen pursuing veiled agendas against peace and harmony. It is our collective obligation, as citizens, to remain steadfast in our ethos and efforts in defeating any wicked designs against national interest, and in the process help our country in overcoming challenges with determination.
We, the readers, are indebted to you for having published a bold, eye-opener cover story, at a time when most of the electronic and print media would think twice before bringing into the forefront the stark facts that are threatening us.
Thanks to Kashmiris, so many of us are getting the chance to visit Amarnath every year (‘High on help’, August 5). It was news to me that even separatists urge people to help the yatris. The yatra displays the bonding and unity among people from different religions. The locals, apparently, make all arrangements for the devotees. And they do it happily. The locals have played an important role even during relief and rescue operations.
A pilgrimage to Amarnath is very important for Hindus all over the country. It should always continue.
Bound to happen
Due to the problems in the JD(S)-Congress alliance in Karnataka, the state is on the verge of a split between the south and the north, since the north had not voted for the JD(S) in the elections. H.D. Kumaraswamy, it seems, is taking revenge on people belonging to northern Karnataka (‘Friendly fire’, August 5).
The JD(S) got only two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but now it wants to contest in at least eight seats. If 37 JD(S) members are the kingmakers in the 224-member Karnataka assembly, this was bound to happen.
With less than a year for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there is already hectic political activity (‘Target found’, August 5). It appears some parties do not want to have a grand coalition with the Congress leading it. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, buoyed up by the success of their coalition in recent bypolls, have announced that their alliance will continue till 2019.
How far the Congress can go remains to be seen.
The Congress will not give up seats in states where it is fairly strong, and hopes to give a tough fight to the BJP. Instead of a grand alliance, at best, it could be state-to-state-seat adjustments by opposition parties to minimise splitting of votes. Consequently, as suggested by a few opposition parties, there should not be a face of the opposition to be pitted against Narendra Modi.
Mamata is happy
Seasoned journalist and newspaper baron Chandan Mitra admits that he is not miffed with the BJP, from where he jumped ship to the Trinamool Congress (‘This week, meet’, August 5). Probably, Mitra, who was clearly an Advani loyalist, may have felt that he would not fit into the present scheme of things, where even his mentor has almost become persona non grata.
Mamata Banerjee, who now wants to play a role in the national politics, could use the articulate and influential Mitra to further her party’s prospects.
I would admit that Tharoor has ‘done the needful’ by writing on the vagaries in the usage of English (‘Last word’, July 29). The insights in the article are the need of the hour. In the age of the internet, language is a big casualty, as it falls prey to online shorthand. The perpetrators, of course, justify this by saying that it is the content that matters, rather than the language. But, when you force a language to evolve before its time and digress from its slower and more organic growth, you compel it to forego its hard-earned quality, and, as a consequence, its prestige and authority.
Nowadays, those who slander the nuances of the written art do so mostly by way of slangs, or through literal translations that do not take into account the cultural differences of languages.
Here are some gems from India: Shocker (shock absorbers), cousin sister/brother, lady doctor (but never a gentleman doctor), to be hung till death, return back / revert back, students giving exam (students take exams, teachers give it), cut a cheque, and denter and painter.