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Sir, The article "Banning the headscarf" ( Dec. 25 ) says the French Government wants to bring in the law to uphold the principle of `laicity', the strict separation of religion and state. Though the notion that public institutional life in France should be devoid of religious representations is non-contentious, it should be understood that insignias such as headscarves for Muslims, and turbans for Sikhs are not ostentatious objects but a part of their religious practices.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin,
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Sir, Such a law will be detrimental to the unity and integrity of France. In an epoch marred by terrorism and religious fundamentalism, each and every measure needs to be taken to prevent the subjugation of religious sentiments of the minorities. It is for the people who belong to a particular religion to decide whether or not a particular custom or insignia is necessary.
Mahesh Kumar D.,
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