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Letters to the editor: For the record

Whenever there is a terrorist attack, liberal and moderate Muslims are quick to denounce them.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: January 20, 2015 12:00:58 am

In the obit of Mike Marqusee by Achin Vanaik (‘Against All Odds’, IE, January 17), I have been wrongly identified as a poet. I am in fact a freelance sports journalist and author. Perhaps Vanaik confused me with my late uncle, Nissim Ezekiel.
— Gulu Ezekiel, Mumbai

Blasting bias
I must congratulate Irena Akbar for ‘Terror of hypocrisy’ (IE, January 19), an excellent piece. It is insightful and deals with issues that one may not have thought of. Whenever there is a terrorist attack, liberal and moderate Muslims are quick to denounce them. They even condemned radical Muslims for the blasts at Malegaon and Samjhauta Express, though later it was found that Hindu extremists were responsible. Western propaganda has painted Muslims as extremists. Moderate Muslims, instead of opposing this bias, bend backwards to prove that they are different. Interestingly, Islamic extremist men are mostly portrayed as bearded and turbaned, and women as wearing burqas. The subtext is that Islamic education and culture are the root causes of terrorism. However, most terrorists, including those apprehended in India, do not sport beards or traditional clothes. They have had a “secular” education and never been close to a madrassa. Some sociologists have probed this problem. In fact, Hanif Qureshi’s short story, “My Son the Fanatic”, deals with this issue.
— Sharit Bhowmik, Mumbai

Rot within
The Central Board of Film Certification is an autonomous body entrusted with the job of deciding whether a feature film made in the country or abroad is fit for public screening or not. That such an important and autonomous body suffers from political interference is well known as its chairman and members are appointed by the executive. The resignation of Leela Samson as chairman of the CBFC and of several other members, citing political interference and corruption, should not simply be brushed aside as politically motivated just because they were appointed by the previous Congress-led UPA government. Infusing autonomy with accountability in the functioning of the CBFC is the need of the hour.
— M. Jeyaram, Sholavandan

No talking
This refers to the editorial, ‘Peshawar recoil’ (IE, January 19). Islamabad’s reported decision to ban about a dozen terrorist outfits is being seen as an attempt to get US assistance worth $ 250 million, announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry during his recent visit. Meanwhile, unprovoked ceasefire violations on the International Border and Line of Control continue. The decision to ban cannot be grounds for the resumption of talks.
— M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

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