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Indians’ link to terror network

The shocking revelation that the Glasgow bomber was a Bangalore-bred, professional Muslim from a well-heeled family and holding an Indian passport has punctured the theory that Indian democracy is a permanent firewall against Islamist extremism.

“No Indian has ever been a part of Al-Qaida” was a boast that politicians were fond of repeating at international fora. Now there is evidence that links some Indian Muslims to the network of global terror. The likes of Kafeel Ahmed become suicide bombers out of a fanatical commitment to an ideology of conquest and hegemony. It is that ideology Britain is targeting and which India has to target.

Dr J.S. ACHARYA, Dept of Biophysics, National Institute of 
Nutrition, Hyderabad


 

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Terror generally kills innocent people, but war in the contemporary world precisely does the same thing. We have a powerful trend over the last century shifting the victims of war from armed forces to civilians.

The chief reason is increasingly destructive weapons capable of being used from a great distance. Those carrying out these dastardly acts see only puffs of distant smoke. This is modern war as practiced by an advanced society.

Which was the more ghastly act of terror - 9/11 or the invasion of Iraq? 9/11 killed about 3,000 people and destroyed a building. The invasion of Iraq killed more than 600,000, and left a nation of over 20 million desperate for work, clean water, and electricity. Though 9/11 came first, there were no connections between these events, except that the one was used as an excuse for the other.

SANDEEP GHIYA, Mulund, Mumbai

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After the Australian and UK Police found Indian doctors involved in terror cases, most people in these countries have started doubting Indian doctors. The Government of India needs to be cautious. While continuing investigation by its own Intelligence Bureau, it should extend full cooperation to Australian and UK police in our country. We need to be transparent because not all doctors are involved in the case.

During the ongoing investigation by the foreign police, India must be alert. It should observe each and every action of them. By this, they will learn some new tricks on how to investigate a case.

Simultaneously, Indians abroad should take part in rallies and let the world know that all Indian Muslims are not terrorists. Even through the Internet, efforts should be intensified to project a good image of Indians.

SHAILESH KUMAR, Bangalore

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We appreciate the sentiments expressed in the editorial, Al-Qaida at it again (July 4). We are ashamed that one of the terrorists named Haneef, a doctor in Australia, is of Indian origin. He lived in Gold Coast - a beautiful seaside place in Queensland (Australia). How can such people betray the nature and their country?

AMAR JIT SINGH GORAYA, Griffith NSW (Australia)

Check theft at PAU campus

I have been staying in the PAU campus for over a decade. Nowadays, it has become very insecure with increasing thefts. We had eight such incidents in the past two months.

We are so panic-stricken that parents are scared to leave their children behind. We have very small boundary walls and the gates are just for namesake. The houses are very old and the locks are not secure.

With so many thefts, who is responsible for the security in the campus? Compare our campus with Kitchlu Nagar. Residents there can sleep comfortably in their homes with no reports of theft. Who will help us?

Prof P. KAUR, Ludhiana

Ready for demolition

Strangely, while the Punjab and Haryana High Court had desired the removal of structures on the 30-metre wide statutory belt along the scheduled roads, the district town planners in Haryana have prepared a lengthy list of structures in areas up to 100 metres for demolition. This has caused consternation among those affected.

The authorities concerned should understand the problem in the correct perspective and work out a solution.

VISHWA MITRA, Panipat

Lin Yu Tang

Chetna Keer Banerjee’s article, Giving the kiddies a break (Lifestyle, June 17) has some factual errors. The quote on legendary Chinese philosopher Lin Yu Tang (not Lin Yutang as mentioned) is totally wrong and put very crassly.

Banerjee says “…Reading sessions on the “noble art of doing nothing,” enunciated by Taoist writer Lin Yutang in his magnum opus The Importance of Living”. But Yu Tang actually said, “Let some things go undone”. “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the more noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life  consists in the elimination of nonessentials…”

For the record, Yu Tang was born as Lun-chi in Changchow and died in 1976. He was a Christian by birth, but soon abandoned Christianity for Taoism and Buddhism, only to rediscover Christianity later in his life. He was the son of a Chinese Presbyterian minister.

JAMES MARSH, Camp: Manali 

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