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From: B. Sharma
I have been receiving India Link International regularly and I take this opportunity to congratulate the Editorial staff for the very interesting and informative articles. It is really very pleasant and gratifying to read the Editorials, some of which are so interesting and full of reality that I read them again and again, articles like ‘Manmohan Singh Playing Robin Hood’, ‘Despicable distortion of Democratic Norms’, ‘Will they Ever Learn’. and others. These editorials indicate a bold, fearless and honest journalism. Heartiest congratulations and God bless you all.
From: Ronen Dam
Your bold and brave editorial of June/July is simply brilliant. It is apparent that our leaders have scant and very shallow knowledge of our history otherwise they wouldn’t have ventured to adopt a discarded and second hand policy of divide and rule of the British Raj to cling to power to the detriment of national unity with their dubious and obscured vision.
As you have very aptly said that this policy is utterly divisive and will certainly damage the very fabric of our cohesive society and destroy our educational institutions of excellence wich are now recognised worldwide. If our leaders are serious enough to uplift the standard of the backward, socially underprivileged and disadvantaged classes of people they should better be advised to make the primary and secondary education compulsory and free and also provision of financial assistance for higher education for meritorious students. Let Dr Manmohan Singh and Arjun Singh try to do that.
Having also read avidly two thought-provoking articles by Sashanka Banerjee in your much-esteemed magazine of June/July issue with keen interest, I am inclined to make a few comments:
With regard to the billion dollar question of whether democracy is good for Pakistan, Mr Banerjee has, with his vast and varied diplomatic experience and knowledge of that region, has given us an insight into the multifarious problems of the jihadi-oriented mindset of the people of Pakistan. He also threw more light on the in-fighting, sectarian violence and political rivalries between different power-struggling tribal groups seeking and trying to dominae each other and this is the crux of the problem faced by Pakistan. Unless the jihadi perception and militant attitude of the people changed and until they are prepared and ready to accept and adhere to the international norms of democracy, whether they choose to have democracy or prefer to have military rule, I am afraid, Pakistan will remain a problem and pose a constant threat to India’s security and democratic stability.
So far as the people-power of Nepal is concerned, Mr Banerjee has again meticulously chronicled the sheer incompetence and pathetic lack of judgement of the king who miserably failed to read the writing on the wall and was unable to grasp the anger and frustration of his subjects and countrymen/women. Consequently the massive force of the rebellious wave of the people-power swept aside his throne.
Now that democracy is restored and the rebel groups have agreed to join the newly formed government, the group’s insistence on turning Nepal into a secular country would appear to have diabolical, dangerous, disturbing and devastating effect on the cultural homogeneity hitherto enjoyed by the Nepalese people.
By providing massive financial aid to Nepal, Dr Manmohan Singh’s preposterous and disgraceful pressure in twisting the arms of the Nepalese prime minister (GP Koirala) to agree to pursue the path of secularism is utterly ill-advised and irresponsible and as such deserves only condemnation.
From: K. Metzer
Debates & Misconceptions
A Somali neighbour of mine put his finger on it when we talked about Israel/Palestine. He said: “Just like Ethiopia/Somalia, the quarrel is really about Land, but it is disguised as a religious conflict!” Religion is one thing to the illiterate or indoctrinated, and quite another (particularly in the West) to the university graduate, in the sciences or medicine. There is one set of debates about historical facts, e.g. Was Moses an Egyptian? (Sigmund Freud) -Did Jesus die on the Cross? Was Mary the Mother of Jesus a virgin when he was born, or was she the mother of seven children, and was Jesus conceived naturally? there is another set of debates on science. Was the world created in 4004 BC or is it billions of years old? Was Darwin right about evolution? There is a third set of debates about ethics. Is suicide bombing ethically correct?
A lot depends on how the scriptures are regarded. Were the Ten commandments revealed by the Deity on Mount Sinai? Was Jesus literally the son of God? Is the Quran in total a divine revelation i.e. not even three verses (the so-called satanic verses) were inspired by the devil. Are the descendants of Ali the only true Caliphs?
Much bloodshed can be caused by these matters.
To even attempt to analyse these problems requires a series of lectures in comparative religion. What about the questions of the role of women or of men in today’s society. Conflicts in every society are caused by questions. These questions can be explored and understood by debate and not by suicide bombings or killing human beings.
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