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Letters to the Editor: An intervention

A sustained and harsh crackdown on extremists is non-negotiable.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: January 19, 2015 12:00:19 am

This refers to Radha Kapoor-Sharma’s ‘Down and out in Paris’ (IE, January 16). I agree with the writer’s egalitarian view that the Muslim community should be given the space to maintain its cultural identity. But this won’t be enough to save the community from extremist takeover. A sustained and harsh crackdown on extremists is non-negotiable. There is also a dire need for intervention from within the community. Learned scholars of Islam must guide the youth and tell them about the true path of the Prophet.— Varun Tiwari, Kanpur

The time is now
History bears testimony to the fact that whenever a US president’s visit to India is imminent, Pakistan-sponsored terrorism breaks out. The fragile peace in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been achieved at the exorbitant cost of human lives, is easily disturbed. However, if Pakistan has learnt anything after the bloody Peshawar attack, it would put an end to the game of cat and mouse on the Line of Control and the International Border. Pakistan must signal its commitment to peace by not resorting to such tactics. Now is the time to do this. — S. Sethi and S. Sikri, Ferozepur

Cutting edge
The RBI’s sudden reduction of the repo rate by 25 basis points, prior to its scheduled policy review in early February, has brought smiles to the faces of borrowers and consumers (‘A little cut is big deal for markets’, IE, January 16). From the RBI governor’s statement, it seems that more cuts will follow. This is great news. There is no doubt that the reduction in inflation due to the fall in global oil and domestic vegetable prices propelled Raghuram Rajan to go for the unexpected cut. Rajan’s move must be based on his firm belief that the reduction in inflation will be sustained for some time. Now, the RBI seems to be working in tandem with the government. But it is important that the Centre maintain its deficit targets.— Ganapathi Bhat, Akola

Shameful and stupid
This refers to ‘Three held for vandalising Vikaspuri church’ (IE, January 16). As a practising Sikh, I hang my head in shame at the highly condemnable act of these Sikh youths. Why stoop to such stupid levels? It is frightening to see the atmosphere of this beautiful country being vitiated in this manner by fringe elements. Someone who converts to another religion will only “come back” of their own free will. Coercion, provocation and incentives won’t work.
— Sukhjit Singh Makkar, Gurgaon

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