December 2003 - January 2004
Letters To The Editor
From: Vasudev K Patel, Chartered Accountant
Star News Programme: Focus On South Asia
Star News has produced the above-mentioned programme covering Pakistan occupied
Kashmir, their people, impact of Indian aggression and socio economic and psychological
effect on local Kashmiri people reported by Mr Kainz from their Asia Pacific
team. The programme is absolutely one sided (and repeatedly shown three times
in a week) and shows the Government of India to be responsible for the whole
episode. I, as a person of Indian Origin, feel that it has raised questions
in our minds as to who is right. It has put us on the defensive when they question
the legal status of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Star News has consistently
defamed people of Gujarat and those of the Hindu Faith.
From: Mr. B.B. Patel
Congratulations On A Great Magazine
Thank you for sending the Diwali Issue of the Magazine, India Link InternationalIt
presented interesting articles ranging from 'Lions of Gir' to 'Global Peace'
including a report on the vibrant visit of Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister
of Gujarat. The Issue also covered the fascinating topics including Business,
Politics, Travel, Sports, etc thus catering for different types of readers.
The artwork and printing is very neat and attractive. I sincerely wish you
and India Link International best of luck in the New Year.
B B Patel
From: Rami Ranger
General Secratary Of The British Asian Conservative Link
Removal Of Iain Duncan Smith
The manner in which the Tory leader was removed from office gave rise to
a few important questions. He was given the mammoth task of rejuvenating the
Party and making it electable after suffering two defeats in a row. In turn,
he had to endure the unacceptable behaviour of his colleagues on a daily basis.
He was stabbed in the back, his authority undermined as a leader, not to mention
the humiliation and insults that he suffered constantly at the hands of some
colleagues whose favoured candidate he helped defeat.
Having witnessed how the Tory leader was treated, I am not surprised that not
many MPs dated to stand in the Tory Party leadership contest. This cannot be
good for our democracy and the country. I believe if we are to avoid another
fiasco, only the parliamentary colleagues should be the ones to elect their
leaders. It is morally wrong that the people who did not elect the leader entirely
in the first place can instigate his or her removal alone from office. In addition,
how can a leader who was already unpopular among his colleagues be imposed
upon them by the help of local constituents and then expect loyalty from his
If a member is not popular amongst his Parliamentary colleagues in the first
place, he will have no chance of becoming an effective leader to lead the party
to victory as events have just shown. Finally, some financial donors also have
shown their ugly faces by getting involved in a democratic process with the
help of their purses. For the sake of our democracy, no donor should be allowed
to exert financial blackmail on our democratic institutions.
From Thomas G Walsh,
Sec. Gen. IIFWP
Tarrytown, New York State, USA
IIFWP Conference, Seoul
On behalf of the Interreligion and international Federation for World Peace I thank Krishan Dutt for attending the IIFWP Conference convened recently in
His participation added a great deal to the success of our meeting. With his
help we can continue to be active all over the world, carrying forward the
IIFWP vision of living for the sake of others, and promoting practices that
empower all people and help overcome the barriers that block the path to peace.
Thomas G. Walsh
From Ursula Mclackland, Sec. Gen. (India Chapter)
New Delhi, India
IIFWP Seminar In Seoul
I was delighted to see the excellent press report by Krishan Dutt about the
IIFWP conference held in Seoul, South Korea, in August, as well as the beautiful
photographs in the Oct/Nov 2003 issue of India Link magazine.
I was especially pleased with the photos of the Indian religious leaders representing
the various religions of this great country.
Meeting Krishan Dutt at the Seoul conference was also a pleasure, and when
he comes to Delhi, it would be very nice if he were to visit us at our office
in Kailash colony.
From: Vikram Sharma
13 Dorset Way, Heston TW5 0NF
International Peace Seminar In Soul
As one keenly interested in all matters relating to India, I found
India Link magazine to be informative and entertaining, and enjoyed reading
the various topics covered therein.
I also found the special report by Krishan Dutt on the international peace
seminar held in August in Seoul to be of particular interest. This well-written
and informative article with good presentation style and excellent photographs
has, for me, created a greater awareness of the issues debated at the said
It is reassuring that in these troubled and unpredictable times when the international
community is so divided, there are individuals, and organisations like the
International & Interreligious
Federation for World peace who care so passionately about universal peace and
the welfare of the human race, and ardently advocate the development of harmonious
relations between all the peoples of the world.
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