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Call of faith

Apropos Khushwant Singh's "In idols all put their faith" (Sunday Tribune, Nov 25), idolatry, in one form or another, is a recognised feature since times immemorial. It does not lose sight of universal values. No religion teaches society to overpower and deprecate another person. Religion should be a private affair. Social values should be inculcated in schools and families through personal examples, and not textbooks. Worship of 'SHO' should be left to individual pursuits.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula


It was disappointing to go through the contents of Khushwant Singh's column. Even a writer of his stature sees God as a physical force and does not like people making idols of the Creator. God is a matter of faith that lends confidence in oneself and pushes one onto the path of karma. There is nothing wrong if one cements this faith and trust by giving any shape and physical identity to this psychological force. If it rejuvenates the spirit of karma and teaches one to embark upon the path of truth and justice, any object in any form can be seen as God.

Sanjeev Trikha, Fatehabad

Fighting terror

Reference to the article, "Forever hanging" by Ajay Banerjee (Sunday Tribune, Nov 25), Pakistan and India should work closely to eliminate terrorism. Terrorists are terrorists whether they are Indians or Pakistanis and their objective is only to hinder harmony. Pakistan should not relate the execution of Ajmal Kasab with the release of Sarabjit Singh who has been languishing in Pakistan jails for over two decades. Ego of a country should not come in the way of peace as terrorists do not belong to any country.

Preet Amol Singh, Rohtak


Kasab's hanging has provided relief to Indians, who feel justice has been done to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack. Why should the other terrorists not be hanged? Why are their cases being delayed? Crores of rupees are spent on them in jails. The courts announce death penalties, but do not ensure that these are implemented. This encourages terrorists.

Lokesh Nagpal, Ludhiana

Thackeray phobia

The charismatic Balasaheb Thackeray commanded great influence over Bollywood ("The allure of Thackeray", Spectrum, Nov 25). In 1968, the screening of Hindi films by South Indian producers was stopped by Shiv Sainiks. He was intolerant of any perceived depiction in films against "Marathi manoos". He even opposed the word "Bombay". Bollywood became so fearful that special awards were introduced to please him. Most actors visited him out of fear. Maharashtra's development is a result of the hard work of people who migrated there from all parts of India. Like Gujarat, he could have welcomed people from all states.

M Kumar, New Delhi

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