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Bangladesh at­tack de­mands thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion

I write in ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle Bangladeshi fac­tory work­ers at Dutch sweet maker at­tacked af­ter open­ing union (April 13): Shafi Mu­sad­dique’s piece ex­plain­ing the re­cent at­tack on work­ers in a Dutch Per­fetti van Melle fac­tory in Bangladesh was a good, if dispir­it­ing, read.

Em­ploy­ees wanted to pro­tect their work­ing rights and im­prove se­cu­rity while work­ing by form­ing a union. That is not an of­fence as per lo­cal law in Bangladesh, to which Per­fetti van Melle ad­heres. A thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be car­ried out to get to the bot­tom of this dread­ful at­tack. K Ra­ga­van, Ben­galuru

Lead­ers like Al Bashir are in great trou­ble when they fall

I write in ref­er­ence to your rolling cov­er­age of the Sudan coup and the de­par­ture of for­mer pres­i­dent Omar Al Bashir. Mr Al Bashir drove his coun­try into the ground. Many age­ing lead­ers like him know that they are rid­ing a hun­gry tiger, so they do not wish to come down and will use any and all means to re­main on its back.

Those who do fall are likely to be mauled, metaphor­i­cally speak­ing, by those de­mand­ing change in their mil­lions.

Name with­held by re­quest

Rahul Gandhi is un­able to present a vi­sion for In­dia

I re­fer to the bril­liant ar­ti­cle by Salil Tri­pathi In­dia’s elec­tion presents vot­ers with a choice about the soul of their na­tion (March 11). He has summed up the dilem­mas con­fronting the In­dian voter very el­e­gantly.

The world’s largest democ­racy, In­dia, com­pris­ing around 900 mil­lion vot­ers, will elect a new govern­ment in the next few weeks. In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s im­age and fol­low­ing is strong, prin­ci­pally be­cause no op­po­si­tion leader, in­clud­ing Rahul Gandhi, has been able to project him­self as a leader ca­pa­ble of gov­ern­ing the world’s largest democ­racy.

Many In­di­ans feel that de­mon­eti­sa­tion was harm­ful, that the coun­try’s in­fras­truc­ture is de­crepit and that un­em­ploy­ment is grow­ing. The 100 smart cities Mr Modi promised in 2014 have not been built. How­ever, Mr Modi re­mains the best op­tion for many peo­ple in In­dia.

Too of­ten in In­dia we find that we have highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als but too few ca­pa­ble lead­ers. The op­po­si­tion leader and Congress pres­i­dent, Rahul Gandhi, in my view, is sim­ply un­able to present a co­her­ent vi­sion of the In­dia he would like to build. Mr Tri­pathi has rightly un­der­scored the de­clin­ing fortunes of the Congress, in re­cent gen­eral elec­tions. Ra­jen­dra Aneja, Dubai

Far-right ex­trem­ists seem to be grow­ing louder to­day

I re­fer to Jack Dutton’s ar­ti­cle UK govern­ment ad­viser sacked over Is­lam­o­pho­bia com­ments

(April 12). Is­lam­o­pho­bia is a grow­ing threat in so­ci­eties across the world. What does it achieve, apart from fa­cil­i­tat­ing big­otry and sec­tar­ian ha­tred?

There are al­ways ex­trem­ists who seek to cor­rupt the an­gry and dis­en­fran­chised. But their voices seem to be grow­ing louder to­day. Name with­held by re­quest

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