Riot for Vote

Muzaf­far­na­gar ri­ots in Uttar Pradesh un­der­line the dan­ger­ous pol­i­tics of com­mu­nal po­lar­i­sa­tion in the run- up to Gen­eral Elec­tions 2014

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Vic­tims of Pol­i­tics

The re­cent ri­ots in Muzaf­far­na­gar are an ex­am­ple of the dan­ger­ous lev­els to which po­lit­i­cal par­ties can stoop to and in­dulge in di­vi­sive pol­i­tics in or­der to se­cure vote banks (“Riot for Vote”, Septem­ber 23). As the ri­ot­ers ran amok, the ad­min­is­tra­tion was made to look the other way pur­port­edly by their po­lit­i­cal mas­ters. How­ever, Sa­ma­jwadi Party’s move in al­low­ing the sit­u­a­tion to spin out of con­trol ap­pears to have boomeranged, with the Mus­lim com­mu­nity jus­ti­fi­ably an­gry with the party for not en­sur­ing its safety. Mean­while, the Akhilesh Ya­dav gov­ern­ment, by round­ing off some Op­po­si­tion lead­ers for in­cit­ing the crowd, is again try­ing to project it­self as the saviour of Mus­lims, but the en­light­ened vot­ers of to­day can see through the ruse. VI­JAI PANT, via email Akhilesh Ya­dav has been a big let­down. Be­ing young and hav­ing been ex­posed to global cul­ture, thanks to

The great­est threat to the na­tion’s in­tegrity comes from politi­cians who re­sort to com­mu­nal po­lar­i­sa­tion and fuel com­mu­nal ten­sions just to be in power.


Nagchala Mandi, Hi­machal Pradesh

his ed­u­ca­tion abroad, vot­ers had ex­pected a lot from him. It was hoped that he will be rep­re­sent­ing the new gen­er­a­tion of the young MPs like Sachin Pi­lot, Deep­en­der Hooda, Priya Dutt and oth­ers. But he has been a fail­ure. He has not brought about any ma­jor re­forms in gov­er­nance nor has he man­aged to im­prove the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the state. He has also cre­ated com­mu­nal dishar­mony by his in­ept han­dling of the ri­ots in Muzaf­far­na­gar. By sus­pend­ing young IAS of­fi­cer Durga Shakti, he showed his ar­ro­gance and played into the hands of the mafia. Akhilesh should ei­ther take charge or re­sign. R. D. SINGH, Am­bala The Muzaf­far­na­gar ri­ots, that left many dead and scores in­jured, are not only shock­ing but a blot on democ­racy. The UP gov­ern­ment is fully re­spon­si­ble for the flare- up as it did not act on time to con­trol the orgy un­leashed by fren­zied mobs from both com­mu­ni­ties. The state gov­ern­ment

is largely to be blamed for keep­ing silent and de­lay­ing ac­tion to stop the car­nage which con­tin­ued un­prece­dented and with­out let- up for days, in­still­ing fear in both the com­mu­ni­ties. K. R. SRINI­VASAN, Se­cun­der­abad

Re­turn of Academics

The re­turn of smart In­dian pro­fes­sion­als set­tled abroad— in the form of a slow re­verse mi­gra­tion— is a healthy trend for the coun­try (“Brain Gain”, Septem­ber 23). Such bril­liant peo­ple can fas­ten the pace of de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. The Gov­ern­ment must frame a pol­icy to fa­cil­i­tate their re­turn and help them suc­ceed in their mis­sion. It must also see to it that aca­demi­cians are com­pen­sated ad­e­quately and have the best of re­search fa­cil­i­ties. VIRENDRA T., via email

Mu­sic and Har­mony

Amid a blaze of pub­lic­ity and tight se­cu­rity, the mu­sic con­cert of mae­stro Zu­bin Me­hta was suc­cess­fully con­ducted (“Leg­end by the Lake”, Septem­ber 23). Al­though the threat of a par­al­lel mu­sic con­cert by a civil rights ac­tivist in the vicin­ity along with the dis­ap­proval of sep­a­ratist leader SAS Gee­lani at­tempted to take some of the sheen off from the event, the mu­sic con­cert was ul­ti­mately able to charm the au­di­ence and trans­port them to a world of har­mony and beauty. But the real hap­pi­ness of peo­ple in Kash­mir can be en­sured only when ab­so­lute peace is re­stored in the Val­ley. The Army and para­mil­i­tary forces should help the civil­ian ad­min­is­tra­tion in achiev­ing this. KE­SHAV P., via email Zu­bin Me­hta’s de­ci­sion to go ahead with the mu­sic con­cert in Sri­na­gar de­spite the threats of vi­o­lence was praise­wor­thy. He de­serves ku­dos for his in­ten­tion of bring­ing peace to the Val­ley. He took the au­di­ences by storm and won their hearts with his per­for­mance. Hats off to the liv­ing leg­end. V. K. TAN­GRI, Dehradun

De­liv­er­ing Jus­tice

Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Judge Yo­gesh Khanna has done the right thing by send­ing the four gang- rapists to the gal­lows (“By Trial and Er­ror”, Septem­ber 23). His ef­forts are even more praise­wor­thy con­sid­er­ing the fact that this has be­come a high- pro­file case and is be­ing closely fol­lowed by the me­dia and the peo­ple of the coun­try. But jus­tice would be truly done only if the verdict is up­held by the higher courts and the Pres­i­dent. More im­por­tantly, this needs to be ex­pe­di­tiously set­tled at ev­ery stage of ap­peal. The en­tire world would be watch­ing the pace of the wheels of our ju­di­cial sys­tem. AN­JUM M. SAMEL, Mum­bai

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