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Letters to the editor: Far from the truth

A majority of people across faiths are good and desire social harmony, peace as well as stability.

New Delhi |
December 24, 2014 12:26:54 am

This refers to ‘Let’s reclaim faith’ by Jyoti Punwani (IE, December 23) and ‘The fault lies in…’ by Rafeeq Ahamed (IE, December 23). Both writers claim that religion is the root of all communal riots and terrorist attacks. We apparently kill in the name of religion. But this is far from the truth. A majority of people across faiths are good and desire social harmony, peace as well as stability. If the Peshawar carnage was in the name of religion then why were Muslim children massacred? The Peshawar killings were meant to strike fear in the Pakistan army and not to impress god. Terrorism is a new religion and its proponents are the greatest enemies of our multicultural world.
— Muhammad Arif (Aligarh)

Not fair

In spite of plummeting diesel prices, thanks to falling global crude prices, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ruled out a reduction in rail fares. He contends that passenger fares in India continue to be highly subsidised (‘Unlikely to slash fares in wake of fall in fuel prices, says Prabhu’, IE, December 23). Earlier, whenever there was an increase in diesel prices, rail fares used to be jacked up, with fuel inflation cited as the reason. One, therefore, fails to understand the minister’s logic.
— P.G. Menon (Chennai)

Tracking money

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This refers to ‘RBI tightens regulations for “non-cooperative” borrowers’ (IE, December 23). In light of the non-performing asset crisis, the RBI has done well to define “non-cooperative” borrowers and issue guidelines on how to deal with them. However, the frequent transfer of public sector bank personnel results in them escaping responsibility for poor credit appraisals and gives rise to confusion. Even if an officer is promoted, he should be retained in the same department so that he can carry on with the recovery process. One of the major considerations for promotion should be the loan-recovery track record of an officer.
— K.U. Mada (Mumbai)

Resign now

The alleged involvement of Punjab revenue minister and senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia in a drug racket has put a question mark on the credibility of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab. What can be more disturbing than the fact that the custodians of law and order might be playing havoc with people’s lives? Though the minister has not yet been declared guilty by a court of law, a disquieting cloud of suspicion hangs over him and his party. He must resign on moral grounds. By not taking a step against Majithia, the Badals have confirmed our worst suspicions about the way their party functions.
— S. Sethi and S. Sikri (Ferozepur)

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