THE OTHER SIDE

There is a saying: “There is no point in sheep passing resolutions about vegetarianism as long as wolves don’t subscribe to the same.” You are ready to forget but what about the other side? (Editorial “Old Wounds,” IC, February 2005). Do you know that Muslims as much as possible buy only from Muslim stores? I am ready to forget if the “enemy” is ready to drop the sword against kafirs. Muslims cannot stop because it is Islam vs. humanity (and sanity). For a Muslim everything is secondary to Islam.

Rashmi Seth, via the Internet

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SMELL THE COFFEE

Ashok, it is high time you wake up and smell the coffee (Editorial “Old Wounds,” IC, February 2005). As an American I have seen the horror caused by fanatical Muslims, just as they torched innocent Hindu women and children in the Godhra carnage. Imagine, if Hindus did the same thing in your beloved Pakistan, how Muslims would respond. It is high time all Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, and Zoroastrians combine forces against all Islamic evil, and put an end to it.

Pete Johnson, via the Internet

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HATRED BEGETS HATRED

I agree that you cannot become a prisoner of the past (Editorial “Old Wounds,” IC, February 2005). Hatred begets hatred. I cannot imagine that we as Indians belonging to a secular society, and living in another secular nation, can think in such narrow terms. Do a handful of fanatics destroy an entire faith? There are extremists in every religion and they need to be universally denounced by all. Yes, we can’t forget but surely we can forgive. I hail from the city of Hyderabad, where Hindus and Muslims have lived in harmony and peace. It is politics that whips up violence, not necessarily people.

Nirmala, via the Internet

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PARSIS DON’T GET SPECIAL BENEFITS

I enjoy the pro and con commentaries on topical issues in the Forum column of India Currents. However, I was surprised to see Rajeev Srinivasan wrongly classifying Zoroastrians together with Jews in the racial category of “paleo-Semites” (IC, February 2005).

Zoroastrians, popularly known as Parsis in India because of their Persian (Parsi) ancestry, belong to the Aryan group of people. The ancestors of many Hindus also belonged to the Aryan people of ancient times. They follow the monotheistic religion founded by Prophet Zarathushtra (known as Zoroaster by ancient Greek philosophers who studied his teachings) over 4,500 years ago in the land of Aryana Vaeja (Iran). Vedic Sanskrit and Avesta (ancient Iranian language of Zarathushtra’s time) are sister languages. Many Hindu and Zoroastrian religious concepts and rituals are also similar.

Secondly, Srinivasan’s statement, “The Semites have managed to write into the constitution various clauses that provide them with benefits that do not accrue to Hindus,” does not apply to Zoroastrians, who have actually donated hospitals, educational institutions, and money for the Indian public, and set up charities to take care of their own poor people. Zoroastrian industrialists like the Tatas, Godrej, and others have created employment for all Indians based on merit. Moreover, Zoroastrians like Dadabhoy Naoroji, Madame Cama, Phirozeshah Mehta, Vir Nariman, and Feroze Gandhi (late husband of Indira Gandhi) were pioneers in India’s struggle for independence from British rule.

Maneck N. Bhujwala, Huntington Beach, Calif.

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A MARK OF MODESTY

I commend Ragini Srinivasan’s writing (“Rethinking the Veil,” IC, February 2005). The veil is a mark of modesty and dignity in many cultures. Followers of all the major faiths observe it in some form or another. Even today Jewish women cover their heads with wigs instead of scarves. Particularly in the traditional culture of Bharat ladies cover their heads with their sari’s open end. Fashionable ladies don fancy scarves on their heads to enhance their beauty.

Mohiuddin Biyabani, Sunnyvale, Calif.

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BUSH HAD THE GUTS TO TAKE ACTION

Sarita Sarvate writes her commentaries (“Deconstructing Bush’s America,” IC, November 2004; and “My Brush with Evangelists,” IC, December 2004-January 2005) from an intellect full of disdain and a sneering, hateful attitude of her own in how she perceives President Bush. “… a bumbling idiot who had stumbled into office with the backing of oil lobbyists … carrying out his agenda of militarism and world domination …”

The United States does not have an agenda of world domination. Example: World Wars I and II. Anyone can dislike the man who is president but the office of the President needs to be respected. Each president succeeds a president, inheriting existing problems, and continuity of government goes on through checks and balances of the House of Representatives and Senate.

Sarvate declares, “… the Supreme Court gave the presidency wrongfully to Bush” while the Clintons and Daschles stood by. Yes, they understand that the U.S. Supreme Court is an independent branch of government.

Thank God, George W. Bush had the guts to take action after 9/11—an attack like Pearl Harbor, WWII. There was piecemeal whittling away of the United States for years: terrorists bombing the NYC World Trade Center before, the USS Cole ship, the Beirut Marine barracks, the Pan Am 103 flight, the American barracks in Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.

Trouble spots around the world—Pakistan, Kashmir, Palestine—have one thing in common: Islamic fundamentalists persisting to kill non-Islamists to be the majority in separate states because they cannot get along with others or with themselves.

Lucille Toland, San Pedro, Calif.

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