Updated: January 13, 2015 12:00:21 am
This refers to the article ‘Mahatma’s ghar wapsi’ (IE, January 12) by Rajmohan Gandhi. South Africa is often called the cradle of Satyagraha. Nelson Mandela once said: “You gave us Mohandas Gandhi; we returned him to you as Mahatma Gandhi.” But in our country, the idea of Satyagraha has become weak. We are instead preoccupied with ideas like “ghar wapsi” or reconversion. Some radical groups even advocate the setting up of a temple for Nathuram Godse. The Mahatma’s idea of freedom differed from the ideas of those hurling bombs at the British. But the latter idea seems to have prevailed. That’s why we are still subjugated by corruption, gender discrimination, communalism, poverty and caste-related violence. Satyagraha must be revived once more.
— Varun Tiwari, Kanpur
Cricket is a game that requires teamwork as well as good individual performances. The Indian team saw some good individual performances in the Test series against Australia, but failed to put up a fight as a whole. While Virat Kohli had a good run, notching up 692 runs, raising his ratings and winning more fans, Team India slipped to number seven in the world rankings, just above the minnows. India’s weaknesses in performing overseas were exposed. It’s a far cry from the number one position achieved in 2011. The slide started in the West Indies and was completed Down Under. — Jayanthy S. Maniam, Mumbai
The mammoth rally in Paris, which was attended by political leaders from across the world and by thousands of people who gathered to raise their voice against terror, was heartening (‘“Today, Paris is capital of the world”’, IE, January 12). The threat from groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, which has unleashed unimaginable violence in Syria and Iraq, should not be glossed over. It could have grave repercussions for international peace, stability and development. Like all other religions, Islam advocates peace and brotherhood. But there are those who would establish a reign of terror in the name of Islam. It is time the global community and moderate Muslim voices stood united against international terror. — M. Jeyaram, Sholavandan
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While we mourn the killings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, I would like to express my point of view. The satirical approach that targets fundamental beliefs and demeans religious ideas is not about freedom of expression. As David Brooks put it in his article, ‘Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo’ (IE, January 12), even though we are all protesting in the name of freedom of speech, there is a reluctance to truly embrace it. The terrorist attack on the office is highly condemnable but no one has the right to use freedom of expression to hurt someone.
— Muhammad Arif, Aligarh
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