Low-key  response  to  butchery
SIR, This is with reference to the report “5 Indian soldiers killed in attack by Pak troops” (6 August). Whenever our soldiers get killed along the Line of Control, the government soft-pedals its reaction, hoping against hope that our neighbour, Pakistan, will soon behave like a peace-loving nation. That hope is unlikely to materialise.
 The Pakistan Army or for that matter the people of that country ought not to be taken for granted. The Indian jawans, whether they are from the BSF or the Army, should be alert round-the-clock. On the Bangladesh border, the rifles of their soldiers are always pointed towards Indians. Pakistan has always indulged in provocative attacks. Its troops enter Indian territory along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector throughout the year.  Five innocent lives were lost without any confrontation. It is extremely shocking  that the mayhem occurred 450 metres from the LOC on the Indian side.
The peace-process was put on hold following the beheading of an Indian soldier. The mutilated body of another soldier was also found in the Poonch sector. Pakistani troops have often killed Indian soldiers along the LOC, but its ministers continue to visit India on purported “peace missions”.  Shaking of hands with the attendant photo-opportunities are meaningless. It must stop the killing of Indian soldiers.
Yours, etc., Gokul Burman,
Chakdaha, 6 August.
DISCOURSE ON IDENTITY
SIR, Why should there be a discourse on the identity of the Pakistani intruders who killed five Indian jawans ~ soldiers of the Pakistan army or terrorists? Are the two entities different from each other? Every Tom, Dick and Harry in the world (except the White House and South Block) knows that the theocratic regime in Islamabad is the nerve centre of state-sponsored terrorism. Or for that matter, the terror outfits across the world, such as Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, JeM, LeT, PFLP, IM, JKLF, etc. These are different units of the same international network of Islamic terrorists. They are all financed by petro-dollars from the Gulf countries to spread the reign of terror across the non-Muslim world.
Yours, etc., Jorhat Singh, 
Mumbai, 9 August.
A SINISTER GAME
SIR, The attack on jawans on the LOC is not the first of its kind; nor will it be the last. But India never sends a strong message to Pakistan, let alone retaliate. Both China and Pakistan are engaged in a sinister game against India. Peace talks are a sham. Perhaps it is time for India to consider snapping ties with Pakistan.
Yours, etc., Mahesh Kumar,
New Delhi, 7 August.
MODI’S PROSPECTS
SIR, Apropos Rajinder Puri&’s article, “Mr Modi as PM” (4 August), the people of Gujarat are generally happy with his leadership because at the end of the day, it is development that counts. Economic progress is vital for the country. Every state in India ought to be as developed as Gujarat. It is unfortunate, however, that the BJP does not have a powerful and generally acceptable leader, indeed a potential Prime Minister. Nevertheless, the party can derive a measure of strength from Narendra Modi.  He will succeed as PM only if he can handle the diverse communities, religions and castes ~ factors that tend to vitiate Indian politics.
Yours, etc., M Kumar,
New Delhi, 8 August.
ELUSIVE  DEMOCRACY
SIR, This is with reference to your thought-provoking editorial, “Chill over Tunisia” (6 August). It is quite clear that the Jasmine Revolution has failed to usher in a new dawn. Not a single country that had experienced the Arab Spring of 2011 has witnessed the emergence of  democracy. Either the army or the Islamist parties have grabbed power.
   Democracy is the outcome of a collective effort; the commoners, Islamists and the army should come forward to establish democracy. Genuine democracy can be possible only if the army and Islamist parties abjure  their sinister designs and allow the people to establish a government “of the people, for the people and by the people”. Otherwise, democracy in the truest sense of the term will be ever so elusive.
Yours, etc., Aranya Sanyal, Siliguri, 5 August.
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
SIR,  This is with reference to your recent report, “Remembering Marlowe”. Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) became the leading Elizabethan playwright who had pioneered the use of the blank verse in English plays. His translation from classics, including the works of Ovid, was phenomenal, indeed the hallmark of a genius. Tamburlaine the Great was Marlowe’s first play performed on the London stage in 1587. It was presented by the Lord Admiral’s Company. Its sequel on stage was Tamburlaine II,  which was followed by other plays ~ Doctor Faustus, Jew of Malta, The Queen of Carthage, Edward II, The Massacre at Paris. Marlowe’s plays ranged from tragedy to historical drama. Hero and Leander and The Passionate Shepherd were among his major poems. Marlowe was a contemporary of the Bard of Avon.
Yours, etc., Biswanath Bhattacharjee,
Bhadreswar, 8 August.