Refer to ‘Theatre of Hate’ (We Indica)’; unity in diversity is the maxim with which we Indians proudly identify. But is it so? Religion is used as a tool to divide communities. We have divided God and resolved to “protect” him. The question we must ask ourselves is: does something so wonderful and pious need our protection, or do we need salvation?
Rewan Sharma, by mail
The heart of the “theatre of hate” that the right to offend and be offended is not acceptable public behavior is easier said than done. Over the centuries, the solution has remained elusive. Hatred, synonymous with intolerance, manifests itself in violence and virulence, fear and fanaticism contrary to social and community harmony. But the politics of the vote banks feeds on the exploitation of religion. We need a common civil code that will not only prohibit the mixing of religion with politics, but will also insulate the rule of law from religious codes. The state’s tolerance of any violation of the law is a curse.
Lalit Bhardwaj, Panchkula
No more “bangs”
About the ‘Theatre of Hate’, most people in society are neither scientists nor philosophers. To expect them to be logical and reasonable where their foundation of life and faith is involved is to expect too much. We have ignored the perpetrators of the venomous spirit of hatred as fringe elements. Now they are threatening to take up space in the mainstream. The eradication of this menace is possible if religious leaders take the lead in matters of faith. Politicians can toe the line, but they cannot lead in matters of social and religious importance.
DV Sharma, Mukerien
India has lost a friend
With the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the world has lost a statesman. He had long been Japan’s most well-known leader in the world and the main driving force behind Quad’s resurrection, realizing that Japan had to play an important security role in Asia to counterbalance China. He laid the foundation for what a vibrant Japan should be. This dynamism was visible in the New Delhi-Tokyo relationship, which deepened with a Mutual Logistics Support Agreement and a 2+2 Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministerial Dialogue. Abe believed in the rise of India and its ability to deliver for Asia. New Delhi and Tokyo must continue to work on its vision. Prime Minister Modi paid a rich tribute to his close friend as he announced a one-day national mourning in the country.
SANJAY CHOPRA, MOHALI
Reference to “The Growth of the Fanatic”; religious fanaticism is on the rise everywhere. One single hateful statement, perceived or intentional blasphemous photo or media posting, and there is a swarm of zealots/zealots who are willing to kill and maim in the name of their religious beliefs and teachings. Unfailingly, all religions preach mutual love, compassion, tolerance and respect. If religious enthusiasts are full of hatred and violence, they can be misled and brainwashed by their religious teachers/leaders because of their vested interests.
Ravi Rana, Kapurthala
Mark diseased trees
Reference the tragic death of a promising schoolgirl; the 250 year old tree has been marked as heirloom, if so, has the horticulture department done a periodic inspection (“Schoolgirl dies when tree falls during recess”)? The tree was infested with termites and was not treated by the service concerned. The lifespan of a peepal tree varies between 900 and 1,500 years. The administration should mark trees that are likely to fall due to age, waterlogging or a storm; and take appropriate measures to prevent any future tragedy.
VK Anand, Chandigarh
Permission to cut now?
A decaying heritage tree has been allowed to grow precariously on the premises of a school. This caused a preventable tragedy, in which one child lost his life and many others were seriously injured. It takes months to get permission to even prune such a tree, let alone cut it down. We must “thank” the administration of UT for having authorized the felling of the tree after this tragedy. If it could be cut now without permission, why couldn’t it have been deleted sooner? It would have avoided the tragedy. It must now allow the felling of these trees which threaten life and property.
BALVINDER, by mail
Book UT Officials
A heritage tree has collapsed on a large number of female students, killing one of them, at a prestigious school in Chandigarh. A student’s hand had to be amputated. Why was there no maintenance of the heritage tree? The tree was eaten by moths and had to be pruned immediately. An FIR must be registered against the appropriate officials of the UT administration and the Department of Forestry and Wildlife.
RAMESH GUPTA, NARWANA
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