The article India's Achilles Heel (October 7) by Prem Shankar Jha on the terrorist attack on the Akshardham temple is puerile academics. Jha seems to subscribe to the infamous misquote the Times of India (March 3, 2001) wrongly attributed to Narendra Modi, "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Jha plays down the action at Godhra, exaggerates the reaction in Gujarat and justifies the counter-reaction at Akshardham.
Why were the aftermaths to Godhra and Akshardham so different though the victims in both cases were innocent Hindus? A muted reaction to Akshardham is not a matter of the bjp's political contrivance, it is a matter of political probity by the "secularist" fraternity—which was at its vicious worst after the Godhra carnage.