Letters to the editor – October 20, 2021


A country with a great democratic structure is now suffering from immense pressure to restore peace and harmony in the Kashmir Valley. India is a safe place to stay for people from a myriad of regional, religious, and linguistic backgrounds. Unfortunately, with the gradual emergence of fundamentalists, this is dwindling. We can’t give up. We must fight with all our strengths against religious fundamentalism and terror. The central government should go the extra mile to drive militants out of the valley and prevent the massive exodus of the Kashmiri pandits.

Vatakara, Kozhikode, Kerala

The government claimed that if Article 370 was watered down, terrorism in Kashmir would end. Unfortunately, the terror in Kashmir has once again raised its ugly head. The political leadership in Kashmir must be involved in the peace process. The center has previously treated them as accomplices of hostile elements. While there are no easy solutions to the problem, the government must trust everyone involved.


Shashi Tharoor’s article on Bollywood and Hindutva (editorial page, October 16) made a reader wonder what his message was. If there is any connection at all in the matters he is discussing, it is probably in the area that Mr. Tharoor alone understands. There is a pure and simple case of drug seizure aboard a luxury cruise ship that is being investigated. Some well-known people are involved and Mr. Tharoor would have been right if he had said that one should not rush to judge people before knowing the truth. But he appears to have gone overboard, hinting that the episode is a smear campaign against Bollywood. Bollywood is not about individuals and families. Linking a drug case (at least until a clear verdict) with a smear campaign is strange.

Salem, Tamil Nadu

God’s own land is now haunted by the anger of nature. Long-term measures such as monitoring the Western Ghats for deforestation and enabling reforestation, as well as keeping the state’s river banks free from interference, may be required.


The report of the plight of a blind, destitute man in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, who dismantled 65,000 yen worth of banknotes is sad. Demonetization has ruined the lives of many, especially the poor and the elderly, who were ignorant of the effects of the sudden introduction of demonetization. The last line, “… that the money exchange was unlikely,” sounds cold. The authorities must try to help him live in peace. There are certainly corporations, banks or the wealthy who can see this as a CSR gesture.



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