The Friday editorial has touched the right chord about the wisdom of re-erecting cultural silos in an age where national unity or rather human unity is so vital for the entire humanity.
Undoubtedly, the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh into two states is politically motivated for the realization of petty political gains. As far as the general public and businesses are concerned, it is not going to affect the people much as whoever has made Hyderabad his home will not move and should never be forced to move out. Every Indian has the equal right guaranteed by the constitution to live, work and own properties in any part of India and no one has the power to evict any person or create obstacles. The bureaucrats will be the one who could face disturbance in the wake of new political bosses in Telangana.
As the editorial has hinted, there is a greater risk of Telangana becoming one of the poorest states of India, for a variety reasons including loss of fertile lands, no direct access to ports and its inherent backwardness in the industrial and business sectors.
I wonder if the ruling party in the center be given the power to decide on such a matter of great national interest? I believe, there is a need to amend the Indian constitution to allow such a decision by at least two-thirds majority in the Parliament or even by means of a referendum involving all of the people who are likely to get affected.
The talk of Muslims getting benefited or getting a greater role in view of this decision also seems not very plausible. Again, it might only benefit the politicians claiming to be the representatives of Muslims in getting ministerial positions or having more members in the legislative assembly who will ultimately do nothing to improve the conditions of the masses as they did nothing in their constituencies in the last four decades except filling their own coffers by means of setting up businesses, professional colleges and hospitals to make money for themselves.
Safi H. Jannaty
Hats off to Uri!
I am a keen reader of Uri Avnery’s articles on Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite being an Israeli, he never hesitated in exposing the injustice meted out to the oppressed Palestinians by the Zionist regime. He has contributed equally or more to the Palestinian cause compared to any Palestinian leader, considering the risks he takes from the settlers. Uri’s efforts should be appreciated and commended. I always treasure his frequent e-mails to me in sharing his realistic views about the hardships facing those in the occupied areas. His article ‘Is two-state solution dead?’ (Aug. 3) is worth reading. I liked the part where he has quoted what Bill Clinton had to say about Jerusalem; ‘Leave them where they are. Redraw the map of Jerusalem in such a way that what is Jewish will become part of Israel, what is Arab will be part of Palestine’. What an easy solution!
Demise of an Indian journalist
The report that “Indian journalist Tahir Ansari dies at 64” (Aug. 4) is shocking. May Allah elevate the status of the departed soul in paradise and grant patience to the bereaved family in this sad time. Ansari’s association with the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Press Trust of India (PTI) and the All India Radio, indicates that he was a professional. Few friends of mine knew him personally and according to them, he was a God-fearing and well-cultured person. In this diplomatic era, to call a spade a spade is not easy, especially to a journalist, but Ansari was fearless in revealing the truth in a professional manner. As a matter of fact, this is the hallmark of a good journalist. The report says, “The whole Indian community in Riyadh and those who worked with him are shocked to hear the news of his sudden death.” This indicates that he was very popular among the masses. Owing to his selfless services in the field of journalism, Ansari will be remembered for a long time.
Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia