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Madly in love with war

Sir — War is the pet obsession of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad general secretary, Praveen Togadia. So much so that Haren Pandya’s murder reminded him only of Abhimanyu’s death in the Mahabharata. The demand for a war against Pakistan came to him almost as naturally (“Togadia calls for war on Pakistan ”, March 27). But his imagination must have been working overtime to make him prescribe that every Hindu youth be armed with an AK-47 to fight the jihadis. Every man is entitled to his obsessions, but in Togadia’s case, it has taken a rather heavy toll of his rationality and responsibility.

Yours faithfully,
Brinda Ghosh, Patna

Hope in uniform

Sir — The police chief of Hooghly district has suspended five policemen for allegedly beating up the son of the school education minister of the state. The young man in question was reportedly riding a motorcycle, along with a friend, without valid pollution control papers (“Bribe bite on minister’s son”, March 27). This is a cognizable offence. On the other hand, taking bribe is common among policemen in the city. Of course, asking for bribe from a minister’s son is a different matter altogether.

In the communist state of West Bengal, all men are equal, but some, like ministers and politicians and their kith and kin are more equal than the others. Everyday, there are reports of crimes against women, custodial deaths, human rights violations — all of them mostly by ruling party hoodlums. Action is hardly ever taken, first information reports are ignored and politicians defend the criminals.

And now, the young men of West Bengal have been asked to follow the example of the minister’s son. Does this mean that they are advised to ride motorcycles without the required papers'

Yours faithfully,
Sankar Das Gupta, Calcutta

Sir — On the morning of March 27, while on my way to work on a motorbike, I had a minor accident on Ballygunge Circular Road.

Initially, I was in a state of shock and found myself unable to get up. Then two gentlemen on motorbikes, one cyclist and one traffic constable came forward and helped me get back on my feet.

This goes to show that in spite of the reams of bad press received by Calcutta and its police, the real picture is not so bad after all.

Yours faithfully,
Anirban Sen, Calcutta

Sir — The commitment of the men in uniform in the city is not always as questionable as it is made out to be. I remember the way in which the officers at the Lake Police Station answered our late night call on New Year’s Eve and took action against the severe sound pollution in our locality.

Yours faithfully,
Subhashis Ghosh and Srabani Das Gupta, Calcutta

A job well done

Sir — The Telegraph deserves praise and thanks for its front-page headline “Thank you boys for the entertainment” (March 24). After the World Cup finals, when the whole nation was in a state of shock, such positive headlines certainly played a part in soothing the passions of the volatile Indian cricket fans. This is what I would call responsible journalism.

Yours faithfully,
Tomojit Bhattacharjee, Silchar

Sir — At least one Calcutta daily praised the men in blue for reaching the finals of the World Cup, accepting that losing to a superior team is not a matter of shame at all.

Others made a mountain out of India’s loss to Australia and chose to forget all the entertainment provide by the Zaheer Khans and the Sachin Tendulkars throughout the past month.

Yours faithfully,
Sattwick Barman, Calcutta

Sir — It was wonderful to wake up to the beautiful picture of Sourav Ganguly and his men in a huddle, with the caption, “Thank you boys for the entertainment.” Thanks are in order for the Indian team which lifted the country out of the depths of despair after the New Zealand debacle, by reaching the World Cup final.

Yours faithfully,
Mustafa L., Calcutta

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