The WikiLeaks disclosure that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had told American Ambassador Timothy Roemer last year that Hindu radical groups are a bigger threat to India’s security than Islamic militants should not be allowed to create unnecessary panic and chaos in the country.
Whether the WikiLeaks revelation can be justified or not is a different matter. However, Mr Gandhi’s alleged portrayal of Hindu radical groups as a threat is going to make him look like a tenderfoot in politics.
All politicians should endorse the fact that terrorism has no religion. Linking terror acts or terrorists to a community will definitely hurt religious sentiments. Political parties should desist from playing the communal card while dealing with the terror menace. A rational and scientific approach is the need of the hour in terrorism-related issues.
It may be recalled that Parliament had unanimously condemned the Mumbai terror attacks. This togetherness emphasised the need for being united and resolute against terrorism.
It is time the country’s political class stopped playing petty politics over terrorism.
Unity holds the key to tackling terrorism. Therefore, the political parties should bury their differences and stand united against terrorism.
P Senthil Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
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