Time to counter the North Korean ‘peace mon­gers’

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‘Sink Ja­pan, Burn USA’ seems to be the new slo­gan, iron­i­cally of a ‘peace’ com­mit­tee of North Korea. What the world needs to­day is a strong fo­rum to counter such ‘peace mon­gers’ and show them what real peace is all about. El­iz­a­beth Koshy, Pathanamthitta

Death of a LeT ter­ror­ist

The killing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba ter­ror­ist Abu Is­mail re­minds one of the proverb “You will reap what you sow.” Mur­der­ing the Amar­nath Ya­tris and guid­ing youth to ter­ror has re­sulted in his death. The killing of Abu Is­mail is teach­ing the world that ter­ror­ism will re­sult in noth­ing. R J San­thosh Ku­mar, Coim­bat­ore

Sushma and priest’s re­lease

Fa­ther Tom Uzhun­nalil’s re­lease is be­ing at­trib­uted to For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj’s states­man­ship. In many pre­vi­ous in­stances she had proved her met­tle as an out­stand­ing and ef­fi­cient ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter. But in this case, she could not wield her magic wand. So there is no need to claim the pa­ter­nity of this one. It was the ex­press in­ter­ven­tion of the Vat­i­can and the re­sul­tant me­di­a­tion of Oman gov­ern­ment which led to the re­lease. And a ran­som would cer­tainly have been paid, but not by the In­dian gov­ern­ment. Frank Ra­jan, Changanacherry

A mar­itime link to Rus­sia

Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj vis­ited Rus­sia last week and there are plans to es­tab­lish a mar­itime link between Chennai and Vladi­vos­tok. Thanks to this new project, In­dia can boost trade with the Rus­sian Far East. With this move, we can also counter China’s One Belt One Road Ini­tia­tive. T Bharath Bharad­waj, Hy­der­abad

Why are my sec­u­lar friends silent?

Where are our ‘sec­u­lar’ and ‘lib­eral’ friends? (As­sam teacher ac­cuses col­leagues of rape threats, Sept. 14). Why are they not shout­ing hoarse against the com­mu­nal col­leagues of Usha Das who al­legedly tried to con­vert her to Is­lam? The an­swer is sim­ple. These ac­tivists re­serve their ire only against Hin­dus, even if the in­stances are imag­i­nary. Srid­hara V, Bengaluru

Ro­hingyas a se­cu­rity threat

Ro­hingyas are now get­ting sup­port from al-Qaeda. Some of them are al­ready part of mil­i­tant groups. Wher­ever these groups go, they want to es­tab­lish shariah, by mi­gra­tion, in­va­sion or some other form. There are over 40,000 il­le­gal mi­grants in In­dia. It is a strong se­cu­rity threat to the coun­try. It is strongly rec­om­mended that the gov­ern­ment iden­tify the il­le­gal mi­grants from Bangladesh and Myan­mar and de­port them. M V Ja­gan­nad­ham, Hy­der­abad

In­dia shouldn’t de­port them

Al­though In­dia is not a sig­na­tory to 1951 In­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion on Refugees, con­sid­er­ing the mag­ni­tude of atroc­i­ties per­pe­trated on Ro­hingyas by the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment, In­dia’s de­ci­sion to de­port around 40,000 hap­less refugees is deeply dis­turb­ing and should be re­con­sid­ered. N C Sreed­ha­ran, Kan­nur

Stalin spreads San­skrit scare

DMK leader M K Stalin is un­nec­es­sar­ily spread­ing the scare of Hindi and San­skrit im­po­si­tion if Navo­daya Schools are opened in Tamil Nadu. It is purely the de­ci­sion and pre­rog­a­tive of the par­ents to de­cide the kind of school where their chil­dren should re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion. Ja­yara­man B S, Coim­bat­ore

Why so many un­safe abor­tions?

Though the 1971 Med­i­cal Ter­mi­na­tion of Preg­nancy Act has lib­er­alised abor­tions, it is sad that pa­tients fail to have safe abor­tions in ex­pe­ri­enced hands. One fac­tor is the so­cial stigma at­tached to abor­tion, a rea­son for the late re­port­ing by a pa­tient. A gy­nae­col­o­gist who con­ducts abor­tions is also looked down upon as in­fe­rior by some of his own col­leagues. Some refuse abor­tion on re­li­gious grounds. Emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion is use­ful in pre­vent­ing an un­wanted preg­nancy but its is very much un­der­utilised. Dr Sree Kr­ishna Rao, Ot­ta­palam

‘Soul­mate’ an­gry with Pak­istan

Kara­mat­ul­lah K Ghori has writ­ten an hon­est but guarded opin­ion af­ter the BRICS dec­la­ra­tion of where China has called Pak­istan to rein in the ter­ror­ist groups work­ing from its soil. Kara­mat­ul­lah has rightly asked his coun­try if it is Feel­ing the heat from a soul­mate (Sept. 14). K Nehru Pat­naik, Vizag

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