The arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who allegedly handled the Islamic State’s Twitter account from Bangalore, following his outing by Britain’s Channel Four, is significant for many reasons. His arrest is a grim pointer to the growing influence of the IS among misguided Muslim youth. It should serve as a wake-up call for the state authorities. Sprucing up our intelligence systems to counter threats originating from both within and across the border is the need of hour. It’s shocking that a foreign TV channel uncovered Biswas’s identity, not the Indian intelligence establishment.
— M. Jeyaram
The good shakha
This refers to ‘Shakhas sprout along Punjab border belt, RSS pracharak says “our time has come”’ (IE, December 15). The Indian Express’s correspondent has done excellent work by giving us details about the number of RSS shakhas that have come up in the Punjab border belt. It is also of interest that through their trusts and other affiliated organisations, they are spreading patriotic and social messages. Some shakhas are even headed by retired service personnel. Inculcating nationalistic fervour and spirit in the border population is the need of the hour. May I also request the Express to conduct a similar survey of the number of madrasas that have mushroomed over the recent years along the Rajasthan border and the UP-Nepal border? Do enlighten us about their projects and activities.
— Prakash T. Ghogale
PM Narendra Modi’s radio address on Sunday was timely and apt as a large number of Indian youth, especially in Punjab, are addicted to drugs. Well said, the destiny of a country depends on the youth. If our youth are not drug-free, there is no way we can move forward on the path of progress and prosperity. Ending drug addiction will not be child’s play. We need a comprehensive strategy to root out this menace. Modi rightly said that catching the addicts will not solve the problem. The suppliers need to be booked.
— Shifa Sikri
This refers to ‘Hockey Champions Trophy: After Hockey India flexes muscle, FIH bans two Pakistan players’ (IE, December 15). The Pakistan players’ obscene gestures, directed at spectators, were unbecoming of sportsmen. Pakistan has had some great players whose behaviour on and off the field has been impeccable. The present lot seem a pale shadow of their illustrious seniors. The International Hockey Federation should send an unambiguous message that indecent behaviour will not be tolerated.
— Ganapathi Bhat