LETTERS: Terrorist attacks

Shakespeare had said, “All the world’s a stage.” An unforgettable human drama was unfolding on the world - stage two years ago. Let us take a time - machine and go back to 13 November 2015 in Paris. It has just witnessed a terrible terrorist attack. But now it has become a stage to manifest hatred versus compassion.

While terrorists have showed supreme hatred for human values, marked by an almost cannibalistic pleasure in killing as many people as possible, the taxi drivers in Paris personify compassion in the backdrop of hatred as they are now silently rescuing the victims from the danger area to a safer zone or to a hospital without charge. The stage looks like a battlefield.

However, it is not a battle between nations or religions but between cultures, specifically between the progressive, secular, liberal variety on the one hand and the dogmatic, fanatical, and medieval on the other. It is a battle, so to speak, between Malala Yousufzai and the Taliban. Society cannot advance without cooperation and tolerance. It is a key for existence of everything. Our body could not have functioned had there been quarrel and mutual disrespect among its parts. Simple common sense tells us that coordination among all of its parts is a must for the smooth running of a machine. Unfortunately, inhumanity is not a Taliban monopoly. Cut throat competition is integral to modern society.

Sujit De, Kolkata

Mindless 

The Egypt mosque attack should be strongly condemned. No doubt such mindless attacks and terror threats have long been posing immediate danger to the world community. In the past the countries had encountered many terror attacks that had then conveyed the real intention of the attacks.

Now-a-days the terrorist attacks often happen uninterrupted. All kinds of media, like print and digital, put the death toll figures like never before. These things really confuse the people and they will send the wrong signals. Furthermore, no country will easily forget the September 11 attacks and their gigantic aftermath. What is the use or the purpose of such terror attacks? This is a big question to be seriously posed to the so-called radicalized elements. The innocent, the disabled and the diseased are often becoming victims to the menace of terrorism. These menaces should be stopped forthwith, anywhere in the world. Interestingly, the media should highlight the news of terror attacks in a way that will have an impact on the people and the countries. Such serious reactions will attract the attention of the people and the governments. Way back in 2000 and 2001, the Internet activities had started picking up and taking shape enormously in India. The economic conundrums caused by the weather vagaries and  terrorism are two big threats the international community is facing now.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai, Mumbai