Posted On Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 08:57:22 AM
This is with reference to the news article ‘Precious little boy who grew up to be a mass murderer’, (PM, August 8). It was shocking to read about the indiscriminate firing by neo-Nazi Wade Michael Page killing six people at a Wisconsin gurudwara. Page was sacked from the army for drunkenness and holding racist views. Therefore it is hard to believe his mother’s claim that Wade was a loving and a soft spoken person.
If at all he was humble, then what instigated him to take six innocent lives? Was he jealous of Indians doing well in the US and other countries? Nevertheless I salute the gurudwara president Satwant Singh Kaleka who laid down his life trying to save others from Wade’s rampage. US President Barack Obama has rightly called on Americans, who conform to white supremacist views, to do some soul searching. Lastly, the US should now review its right to bear arms policy.
- C B Vastrad
First the Joker and now a neo-Nazi, within the span of a month there have been two massacres in the US. The American constitution has to be blamed for both the recent incidents as well as those which have takne place over the years. If the US boasts of being a peace loving nation then what’s the need for it to arm its citizens?
Such laws only lead to trouble for the people and the US must realise it at least now. Meanwhile, India must lodge a strong protest with the US and ask it to ensure safety of Indians.
- Sushil Kumar
US President Barack Obama while condoling the victims of the Gurudwara massacre stated that the people of America need to do some soul searching. But I feel he needs to review his country’s legislation which has given every citizen the right to posses firearms.
The craze for owning arms was evident from the cache of arms recovered from the Aurora accused. And I think further investigation may reveal that Wade Page too has an arsenal in his parking bay.
- Raj Deshmukh
Post poll scenario Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani’s prediction that there can be a government led by a non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister after the general election in 2014 lacks credibility. Such a scenario is only possible if we have strong regional parties, which is not the case right now.
The regional players lack ideological uniformity and seem to have no specific political direction at the national level. It is also unlikely that a regional party will give assent for a prime ministerial candidate from another regional outfit. While incumbency handicap may strike the Congress, the main opposition party, BJP, is so internally vulnerable that it cannot seize the moment from the ruling dispensation.
To read between the lines of Advani's blog, both UPA and NDA would do well. But if a coalition is formed by regional parties with the backing of either Congress or BJP, then it will lack stability .
- C Koshy John