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Apropos of Our Selective Archive (Oct 17), a nation perseveres by standing together in tragedy and moments of jubilation alike. In India, however, for every World Cup win, we have a chapter of communal rioting. For every breakthrough in science, we have shameful episodes of atrocities committed on Dalits. For every technological revolution, we have red-tapism and corruption. Political prejudice, uneven development and scant regard for indigenous heritage are dealing a death blow to our democratic legacy. We need to revisit unpleasant chapters time and again to remind ourselves for what should not be done while practising democracy. National integration cannot come by attempting to wipe out the failures of the state.
Sunil Kumar, Delhi
As a soldier who has served in counter-insurgency ops in different theatres, both as a civilian (on MEA deputation with the Nagaland Village Guards) and as battalion commander there, I wish you had included the soldiers’ versions, the circumstances under which civilian political bosses hand over the situation to the armed forces after thoroughly mishandling it. We are then expected to sort out the mess with our hands tied behind our back.
M.M. Walia, on e-mail
Words fail me. Not one word about the ethnic cleansing in the Valley? The way the Pandits were identified, and the mobs let loose on them? Outlook editors should be ashamed for avoiding all mention of the Kashmir genocide.
D. Anjaneyulu, Chennai
Our country has been left behind in the race for proper development because of all the drama in religion and politics. If innocents have been killed in riots, it’s because of the callousness of the state.
Prerna Priyakshi, Bangalore
“How is the suffering of those who died in the Godhra train fire different from those killed in the riots following it?” you ask. Your question itself shows how you in the media and the crooks in the Congress have been biased. Shame on you.
Vikk Pandit, Delhi
We have to learn to avoid playing victim to the point of wanting revenge for all real and perceived enemies. Otherwise, we’ll never be secure.
Arun M., Bangalore
The storm of sentiment seems to rob us of all sense, which fact our politicians exploit. The politics of revenge pays them rich dividends, never mind the suffering of the common man. As long as the neta has a target votebank, he will not hesitate in inciting communal passions.
Uttam Kumar Bhowmik, Chandramerh, West Bengal
The violence unleashed by our policemen at times should not surprise us. They too are part of society and as such infected by the same prejudices.
B.V. Gopal Rao, Warangal