Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Dear Mr. Editor,

As you are very well aware yourself as an editor you have a big responsibility to be fair in all situations; however, it appears that you have stooped so low to earn your livelihood that you write an editorial completely against common sense and fairness. In UP there is a saying that even dogs fill up their belly somehow; but you have killed all your conscience for getting a few pieces of bread and maybe meat into your belly to please your masters. Please wake up in this life and if there is justice in this world, you will be amply 'rewarded' by the law of nature for this aggression against the Hindus, against your motherland India and against fairplay.

May God bless you and give you sadbuddhi to carry out your responsibilities in these black days for India more even handedly and have the courage to publish my comments in your paper in anticipation of which I would thank you,

Yours truly,


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From: Alok P. S. Chauhan
Date: Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 10:29 AM
Subject: [prohindu] Letter to Editor Indian Express: Amarnath issue must be defused..............
To: prohindu , prohindu@egroups.com

Dear Mr. Editor:

This is one of the worst editorial I have been reading in this column. You have to stoop too low to do all this. Always showing Hindus negative is a big disgrace. Why is it that Hindus are always wrong and Muslims and Christians are always right? Can you please explain? Please refrain from pseudo-intellectual capabilities and stop misleading our innocent Hindus as well as India/Bharat. I don't think you have courage to say spade a spade. Criticizing Mr. Sinha, just because he tries to protect Hindu interests is considered communal. Shame on you Mr. Editorial. If you are converted Christian/ Muslim; please don't forget that at one point of time you were Hindu. You have Hindu blood too. I can't expect so much dirt from you. Shame on your credentials to be an Editor in the first place. Please stop this negativism about Hindus in the name of Jesus/Allah.

Good luck with your future.



Identity crisis

Posted online: Monday, June 30, 2008 at 2344 hrs Print Email
Amarnath issue must be defused, and the role of Kashmir's governor redefined

The Indian Express

: Forty hectares of forest land. A hundred acre wood. Anywhere else in India, unfortunately, transfer of such land at an official's whim would hardly be a problem of national proportions. Kashmir, however, is not anywhere else in India. As the Constitution recognises, land ownership and demography are central to the possibility of permanent peace; and there, as elsewhere in the world, any impression that those are being used as weapons in a civil conflict is deeply provocatory.

The nature of the Amarnath Shrine Board, set up when the National Conference was in power in the state, is the first mistake. The restriction that a governor must be Hindu in order to be part of it dramatically undercuts the message that the government must send to the people of Kashmir; indeed, it runs in direct opposition to the unique syncretic heritage of Kashmir and the history of the yatra itself. The People's Democratic Party had an opportunity to reform this in 2003. Instead, they chose to set up a state Waqf Board as a sort of Muslim counterpart. The local Congress leadership in Jammu is guilty of leading the politicisation of the Amarnath issue: if not for sensible intervention from Akbar Road, this problem might well have blown up four years ago.
However, short-sighted as the local political leadership has been, the central responsibility rests with the outgoing governor, S.K. Sinha, and those who sent him to Kashmir in the first place after he had amply proved in Assam that he was capable of making sensitive situations worse through irresponsible and ill-informed public assertions as well as partisan political interference. His military background made inevitable the perception — perhaps justified — that he backed the security forces over the elected leadership, just when Kashmir needed reassurance that power was in civilian hands. Raj Bhavan's use of the Shrine Board to try and impose his singular vision of Kashmir's future direction, in a state which is particularly alert to meddling by Central organisations, is the primary reason for today's looming crisis. Here, as in Assam, he demonstrated both lack of vision and lack of ability: if, even after five years in Kashmir, he is capable of statements that reduce the entire complex of resentments and identities fuelling separatism into a religious problem alone, it is not surprising that he has been unable to do anything but communalise state machinery. New Delhi has chosen well in Governor Vohra and it must work quickly to defuse the issue.




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