Muslim protest

Print edition : November 02, 2012

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THE Cover Story (October 19) highlighted the problems created by the U.S. interfering big brother, international policeman attitude. Many problems in the Muslim world are a creation of the U.S., which nurtured various radical groups to foster its political and business interests. No right-thinking citizen of any country would like to be dominated by a foreign power, directly or indirectly. But the U.S. & co. do not care to understand the sentiments of or resentment among ordinary citizens of dominated countries.

G. Anuplal Bangalore

THE U.S. drone attacks, supposedly targeting terrorists, often result in the death of innocents. While it talks tough, it does little to protect them. The terror created in children who live in areas of drone strikes will scar them for life. The U.S. needs to introspect seriously on its policies.

Balasubramaniam Pavani Secunderabad

THE mischievous and idiotic act of making the provocative film Innocence of Muslims is condemnable. Muslims have every right to protest peacefully against insults to their Prophet and religious beliefs. Western nations and thinkers may criticise Muslim countries or people on political, cultural and social grounds but not on religious grounds. This is applicable to other religions too. In this age of liberal ideas, why are we not able to accept that there is a holy realm of beliefs?

Ujwal S. Jagtap Shelgaon Deshmukh, Maharashtra

MUSLIMS resentment against the Americans, or for that matter anyone, is ideological. The film Innocence of Muslims was used as a pretext to show their anger through violence and vandalism. President Barack Obama raised some hopes of reconciliation but could not realise them as he had to toe the old line to satisfy the American public.

Jacob Sahayam Thiruvananthapuram

THIS is with reference to the article Fear and hatred. In the age of the Internet, a message can literally go everywhere in a flash and do instantaneous damage on a broad scale. Something that is posted on the Internet cannot be got rid of easily. Modern technology is changing the way people behave, talk, react, think and remember. The Internet allows cranks and fanatics to upload offensive content. Anonymity allows them to post it without having to worry about reprisals.

H.N. Ramakrishna Bangalore

THE killing of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens should open the eyes of policymakers in the U.S. If its policy of provocation, intimidation and intervention continues in Muslim countries, then more such attacks may occur. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning President must contemplate a drastic change in policy.

Neeraj Kumar Jha Hariharpur, Bihar Public sector

THIS has reference to the article Devalued ratnas (October 19). Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said: Public sector units [PSUs] are the new temples of India. Not all PSUs are devalued, for example, ONGC, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum. PSUs need to be given more autonomy and be free of political interference. Privatising PSUs is not a remedy as the private sector is interested more in the real estate held by them than in the PSUs.

Deendayal M. Lulla Mumbai G. Kasturi

VINO JOHN

THE passing away of G. Kasturi is a great loss to the media fraternity (A complete Editor, October 19). He gave The Hindu a facelift by adopting new technology. What little prowess many of us have in English is owing to the fact we grew up reading The Hindu.

J. Akshobhya Mysore

KASTURI was a trendsetter in all aspects of journalism. When I was in college at St Josephs College, Tiruchi, The Hindu editorials on economic issues were discussed by our economics professors, and we used to debate them vociferously. Kasturis utilisation of talented writers, particularly the late G.K. Reddy and K.K. Katyal, among others, was amazing and allowed readers to get clear and divergent views on issues of national interest.

B. Rajasekaran Bangalore

I MET Kasturi for the first time in 1985 when I wrote an article on Palitana in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. I happened to come down to Madras and enquired at The Hindu whether it would be interested in the article. N. Ram, whom I did not know then at all, told me that it was a strange coincidence that they had many beautiful pictures of Palitana but no accompanying article and were wondering whom to contact to write one. He took me to Kasturi to select a set of suitable pictures. Obviously, Kasturi was particular about the pictures. I found him a very pleasant person. My article with the Editors title Mecca for the Jains was published in the April 20-May 3, 1985 issue of Frontline.

G. Sundaram Chennai

THE development of The Hindu and its continued success are in a large part due to Kasturi because, apart from his editorial duties, he spent time on finding ways and means to reach the largest number of readers. Under his stewardship, the daily provided the country with a model of journalistic excellence through broad and balanced news coverage and enterprising reporting for which the American Newspaper Publishers Association chose the paper for its World Press Achievement Award in 1968.

K.R. Srinivasan Secunderabad Beethoven

THE HINDU ARCHIVES

THE article Beethovens last quartets (October 19) aptly summarised the contemporary relevance and universal appeal of Ludwig van Beethovens later works. In these pieces of music, art is not just a medium to extol beauty but an arena of confrontation between extreme stress and sublime relief. Throughout the unrelenting conflict one can feel the pulse of underlying hope. As a farmer who lives in an obscure corner under the foothills of the mighty Western Ghats at the southern tip of India, I am faced with many uncertainties and harsh realities. Drought, climate change, the vagaries of the weather and a hostile market environment for the produce add to the woes of farmers. We tend to look towards the mountain peaks, which seem to embody the timeless and the eternal, with hope. The greatest masterpieces of chamber music by Brahms and Beethoven are everlasting legacies bequeathed to the humankind.

D.R. Jeremiah Rajanesan Dohnavur, Tamil Nadu Thilakan

H. VIBHU

THILAKAN was a peoples actor loved by ordinary fans, and their sorrow at his death is very real (Portrait of a patriarch, October 19). He may be called the Bhishma Pitamaha of Malayalam films. However, some film stars are shedding crocodile tears on his demise after ousting him from the Association of Malayalam Movie Actors at the fag end of his life. They disrupted the functions he attended and prevented others from giving him opportunities in films. These actors have no right to condole his death.

S. Raghunatha Prabhu Alappuzha, Kerala Denotified tribes

THIS is with reference to the article Midnights children (October 5). Although I have gone through a wide variety of regional and national newspapers, magazines and journals since 1969, this is the first time I came across coverage on the plight of Indias 829 denotified nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes, who roughly comprise 13.51 crore people. As Editors Note rightly said, Frontline is a welcome departure from the general media trend of giving primacy in coverage to lifestyle and leisure over livelihood issues.

R.K. Das Aizawi, Mizoram English in India

THE article Indianising English (October 5) was interesting. I agree that English in India is like any other Indian literary language. However, the author failed to mention the Writers Workshop or its founder, the late Professor P. Lal, and the work of Professor C.D. Narasimhaiah and his Dhvanyaloka (Centre for Indian Studies). In the mid-1950s, a vicious attack was mounted against Indian writing in English by Stephen Spender and Buddhadeva Bose, and it was Lals Writers Workshop that took up the challenge.

K. Raghavendra Rao Dharwad, Karnataka Ambedkar

The vandalisation of statues of B.R. Ambedkar in some southern States only shows how ignorant people are about this iconic figure (Rescuing Ambedkar, October 5).

Ramesh Kotian Uchila, Karnataka Savarkar

WITH reference to the article Savarkar and Gandhis Murder (October 5), I have some questions. Why did Morarji Desai not show the same diligence in the prevention of the Mahatmas murder as he did in its investigation afterwards? Indeed, why did Vallabhbhai Patel not appoint anyone to conduct an investigation prior to Gandhis murder? Why was Nehru silent?

Why did Morarji Desai not take any action when Dr Jain informed him of the conspiracy to murder Gandhi? Dr Jain claimed that he gave Morarji the names of those involved, but even if he had not, could he not have been imprisoned (like the 20,000 others who rotted there after Gandhis murder) and perhaps tortured to give that information, just like so many were tortured to cough up evidence against Savarkar?

Why was Jamshed Nagarwala struggling ineffectually with mere instincts, when the Delhi police had concrete knowledge (just like Morarji did) that the editors of Hindurashtra were involved in the conspiracy? A simple phone call would have revealed the names Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte.

And over and above all this, even if nothing was known, a simple search of the people entering the prayer grounds on that fateful day would have prevented the gun from being carried in. Why was this simple preventive action not taken? Why was the murder of the Mahatma not prevented? Why was no government official, Minister, or policeman held responsible for this incredible, hard-to-swallow, utter incompetence?

Anurupa Cinar Watertown, Massachusetts, U.S. Frontline

THE results of the efforts to make the magazine better and more readable are evident in the relaunched issue (October 5). The magazine entices one with its eye-catching photographs and design. But no explanation was given for the hike in the cover price.

Duppala Ravikumar Tekkali, Andhra Pradesh

WITH superb font size and a new style, the new letters page looks great. Well done, Frontline!

P. Senthil Saravana Durai Vazhavallan, Tamil Nadu

I AM a regular reader of Frontline and find all the columns worth reading and the photographs impressive. However, I feel the magazine should also focus on cinema and music.

Keep up the great work. Abhijeet D. More Nashik, Maharashtra

I WAS pleased to see the relaunched issue and am happy with the growth of my favourite magazine.

But the sudden hike in its price without any addition to its content does not make sense. I request you to increase the number of pages and cover some more burning issues and add some more columns from eminent writers from India and abroad.

Pratim Kumar Ranchi, Jharkhand ANNOUNCEMENT

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