Monday, December 20, 2010

Letters To The Editor

Media Irresponsible In Reporting!

Respected Sir, It is unfortunate that sensationalization has become a necessary part of our media. The media does it only for increasing TRP. I agree that sensationalization helps the terrorists accomplish their goal of frightening people “Sensationalization Helps Terrorists” (Media Scan, November). The sometimes’ buzz in the media about any feared terror attack turns out to be based on shaky ground of media’s trick to provide the audience with any story of interest. Media must be careful in reporting of any untoward incident or it will keep people in unnecessary fear. Muhammad Taqi, A.P.

Haj Subsidy Must Be Scrapped

Sir, This is with reference to the article “Muslims Need No Haj Subsidy” (Media Scan, November). To me, Haj Subsidy is yet another means misused by the government for garnering Muslim vote bank. In practical, this subsidy does not reduce the financial burden form the pilgrims to Makkah. The Hajis going through Haj Committee Of India, the beneficiaries of Haj subsidy, and those going from private tour operators have to spend almost the same amount for their pilgrimage. Haj is obligatory only on Muslims who have the ability to make a travel to Makkah on their own hence they do not need any assistance from any agency. Merajul Qamar, Mumbai

Muslims Should Avail Of Haj Subsidy

Respected Editor,
I am surprised why some Muslims are talking about scrapping the Haj subsidy. It is a fare concession the government provides to Muslim Hajis. As per the Shri’ah it is allowed. So, there is no reason that Muslims do not benefit from what the Indian government is giving them from subsidy and which is also permissible islamically. I strongly oppose the communal elements who demand from the government for stopping the subsidy. Haj subsidy is not the only one that the government offers in the name of religion rather there are many religious tours of Hindus being subsidized by the government of cosmopolitan India.
Sanjeeda Khatoon, Ghazipur, UP

Babri Masjid Verdict

Sir, I am thankful to Media Scan for publishing a special report pertaining to the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Babri Masjid title suit case. The report brings forth different aspects of the decision. I think the verdict is historic one. It must be acceptable to each of the three parties in the case. What is the wrong if there exist both a Masjid and a Temple side by side? Instead of wasting our time in religious disputes we should strive for going ahead in education and technology. We are living in the 21st century. It does not suit us to dwell upon the practices of the medieval ages. Mahesh Kumar, via email

Minorities Had Trust In Judiciary

Respected Sir, It was not expected from the judiciary of India. The minorities in India had already lost faith in the government. They saw the judiciary as the last hope for justice. Alas! The court, too, failed to provide them with justice “Babri Masjid Verdict: Demolition Of People’s Faith In Judiciary” (Media Scan, November Issue). It was not an astha rather it was reality that the Babri Masjid site was of Muslims; the largest minority of India. But, the Allahabad High Court ignored this fact and decreed that Masjid should be allotted to Hindus. The reason the court gave is ridiculous: so is the faith of Hindus. Muslims also believe that the whole earth is Masjid. Will the court give all the Hindu temples to Muslims? Muhammad Azhar Qasmi, Malegaon

Injustice Breeds Terrorism

Sir, This is with reference to the Editorial of Media Scan November issue. The feeling of being deprived of justice created among Muslims in the wake of the Babri Masjid title suit verdict is dangerous. The reports reveal that the demolition of Babri Masjid led to the formation of many terrorist organizations that aim at avenging of the desecration the Hindu fundamentalists did by demolishing the centuries old Masjid in Ayodhya. “Injustice” features among the main reasons behind emanation of terrorism. The government must ensure justice for Muslims in the Babri Masjid case, or the possibility of them being lured in terror activities by destructive elements cannot be negated. Waseeq Ahmad, Bihar

Government Always Ignores Poor

Sir, The prospective decision of the government to allow FDI in the multi-brand retail should not come as surprise “FDI In Retail Sector: A Bane For The Poor” (MS, November). In the guise of development the government has been formulating pro-rich schemes on the cost of the poor. The organized retail itself has put the sustenance of the small town and village based shop keepers on stake. At a time when the government plans to make access to quality products an easy process it should not forget that the same is making the life of millions of villagers difficult to live. Abdullah, Gujarat

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