A wake-up call
Apropos of the report Crush Naxals, PM tells states (December 21), it’s good the Prime Minister is interested in fighting Naxalites across India.india Updated: Dec 23, 2007 20:45 IST
Apropos of the report Crush Naxals, PM tells states (December 21), it’s good the Prime Minister is interested in fighting Naxalites across India. But he should know that the root cause of Naxal terrorism is unemployment and this is hidden in India’s population explosion. Unless and until these are brought under control, domestic terrorism will never end.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s suggestion to crush Naxalism is timely. His speech is a pointer to the recent incidents of jail-break and is a wake-up call to all states facing Naxal threats. It is the lack of strong will that allows the growth of insurgencies. Andhra Pradesh has done a good job by establishing special task forces to tackle Naxalites. Other states should take a cue from this.
P Sarvana Durai
Believing is seeing
Sagarika Ghose in Seeing is believing (December 21), writes that we have not seen the 1984 riots against Sikhs and the subsequent riots in 1987, 1989 and 1993, and saw only the 2002 Gujarat riots. It shows the real face of the media with their so-called secular credentials. Those obsessed with pseudo-secularism cannot see anything wrong like Dhritarashtra. They don’t see the plight of Kashmiri Pandits, deluding themselves that if they do not see, it means it has not happened.
Govind Pandey via e-mail
Under the gavel
With reference to the editorial Bending backward (December 20), reservation-related discords threaten the country’s socio-economic fabric. The Justice Chopra Committee’s proposal for an area-specific approach can help the situation if strategically implemented. Since the judiciary has decided to step in, the state government is liable to take steps irrespective of vote-bank politics.
Cops as robbers
The editorial Seeing red all around (December 18), rightly says that the Naxal attack at Dantewada is a blot in the name of our intelligence and security agencies. It is shameful that a part of the state police are either criminals or their supporters in uniform. The judiciary must introspect this nexus in the country’s interest.