Updated: June 1, 2015 12:06:42 am
The Ballabhgarh riots are a disheartening episode (‘Homes torched, 150 Muslims seek shelter at a Haryana police station’, IE, May 29). One is unable to understand what conflict of interest arises if two places of worship are adjacent to each other. Incidents like these make “unity in diversity” and “communal harmony” look like eyewash. Also, does the consumption of beef make a person less Indian? In a country with so many malnourished children, and with beef being a cheap source of protein, is it right to ban it? In this apparent conflict of interests, why are only the sentiments of the majority being catered to?
Moureena Khokhar, Rampur
This refers to ‘In fight for OROP, war heroes boycott felicitation ceremony’ (IE, May 29). The boycott of the Sainik Samman Samaroh in Pune was undoubtedly a slap on the face of the entire political class, including the Modi government. The erstwhile UPA dispensation and the present NDA government may trade charges and blame each other on the long-pending issue of “one rank one pension”, but it is clear that they have never been serious about it. During the long years OROP has been pending, legislators have enhanced their own salaries several times. India may perhaps be the only country that doesn’t give its soldiers what is their right and what they richly deserve.
V. Chandramohan, Mumbai
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