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A Left turn

india Updated: Nov 19, 2007 23:57 IST

Unseemly conduct
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s statement, whether in the capacity of a CM or leader of a political party, that “we have paid back in the same coin” does not absolve him of misconduct and provocation. So long he is CM, he is expected to observe the cannons of propriety. He is an educated and respected man in the country despite his affiliation with an unpopular political set-up. He should tender an apology to the nation.
OP Tandon, via e-mail

The Nandigram violence that led many people to the graveyard was due to the negligence of the Chief Minister. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s first responsibility is to protect people from peril. The situation in Nandigram is too grim to tolerate. His statement that the Centre did not deploy forces on time and that the CPI(M) activists went on a rampage is shocking. It was not a terrorist attack that required central forces to curb the situation. It seems Buddhadeb is a second Modi.
Md Tanweer Alam, Delhi

A Left turn
Prakash Karat’s statement that the IAEA would be bought before the UPA-Left committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal is a welcome step. The PM’s speech about the importance of nuclear energy for the country’s development during the AICC session shows the government’s commitment to the 123 deal. The government should get on with talks with the IAEA secretariat and get positive results from this. The Congress should make the Left bend for the country’s sake.
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad

Future shock
Apropos of the report Doomsday not far, predicts climate panel (November 17), the time has come to join hands to fight the threat of global warming. The tussle between the first world and the third world over the emission issue is the major cause for the disastrous situation we are facing today. We have to figure out ways to tackle the situation.
Somi Das, via e-mail