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The question of conversion has held up Parliament for some days now.

December 19, 2014 12:08:14 am

Trial by terror

Apropos the editorial, ‘After Peshawar’ (IE, December 18), if Pakistan is not sincere about combating all kinds of terror, a joint Indo-Pak anti-terror mechanism will be meaningless. Pakistan allows Hafiz Saeed, alleged mastermind of 26/11, to roam freely, spewing venom against India. On a day when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to continue the war against terrorism “till the last terrorist is eliminated”, and the government and the people of India were mourning Peshawar, Saeed said in Lahore that India was behind the massacre and threatened terror attacks against this country.

— M.C. Joshi (Lucknow)

In his article, ‘This terror has a name’ (IE, December 18), Khaled Ahmed points to the barbaric and fraudulent ideologies of the Taliban in particular and of terror groups in general. Are the militants not aware of the Quranic verse that says anyone who slays an innocent slays all of humanity? They have no soul, no humanity and no morality. The country that was created in the name of preserving Muslim rights has become a breeding ground for terror. The question that troubles me most is, for whom are these terrorists working? Who is funding them?

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— Muhammad Arif (Aligarh)

Personal and political

The question of conversion has held up Parliament for some days now. Religion is a very personal matter. No state or person has the right to intervene in an individual’s faith. Force of any kind is to be deplored. Those who are involved in the mass conversion of other persons may not be people of faith at all. They may be motivated by political reasons. Many people also change their religion for other reasons — marriage, for instance. This is why we need a uniform civil code.

— Mahesh Kumar (Delhi)

Good governance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s exhortation to his party MPs not to court controversies by harping on inflammatory issues is welcome. People of the country have reposed faith in Modi’s leadership. They want him to steer the country on to the path of sustainable economic development. But to the dismay of many, members of the Union council of ministers and BJP MPs seem hell bent on stoking communal passions through provocative speeches. As prime minster of a secular democracy, Modi is duty bound to protect and preserve the secular fabric of the country and ensure that it remains intact. That would be good governance. This is the only way in which we can become a truly developed country.

— M. Jeyaram (Sholavandan)

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