Barkha Dutt rightly states that the government hasn’t taken concrete measures to tackle the Naxal problem (Call a spade a spade , Third Eye, May 29). It is easy for the home minister to condemn Naxal violence. But his inability to give a befitting reply to the insurgents is disappointing. The problem has got out of hand because the government has failed to address the issue of unequal distribution of resources and wealth. Now, if it really wants to resolve the Naxal crisis, the Centre has to first work towards rooting out inequality.
Manmohan Bhatia, Delhi
There is no difference between the policies of the Maoists and those of Islamicist terrorists. The insurgents are on a killing spree and must be stopped. It’s high time all political parties unite against the Naxal threat and unanimously decide in favour of military action against the enemies of the State. India should learn lessons from Sri Lanka, which did not hesitate to use force against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to wipe it out last year.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai
A real pill of goods
Pratik Kanjilal in his article It’s medical politics, not science (Speakeasy, May 29) makes an unsuccessful attempt at defending homeopathy. His abstract logic only weakens his argument. Homeopathy doesn’t take into consideration the science behind a remedy. It works on a case-by-case model. Lack of evidence, either scientific or statistic, makes it nothing short of quackery. The argument that the Queen of England has a personal homeopath only proves that the Queen is as ignorant as Kanjilal. The writer seems to have drawn conclusions without consulting medical practitioners.
Suman Kumar Sinha, Delhi
Kanjilal is right in deploring the British Medical Association’s (BMA) condescending attitude towards homeopathy, which it equates with witchcraft. Over the past few years, BMA has expressed concerns over various ancient branches of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani. In doing so, it has tried to make people believe that no therapy is as effective as allopathy. However, it’s failed to acknowledge the lethal side effects of painkillers, cough syrups and steroids — drugs that form an intrinsic part of allopathy.
B.M. Lall, via email
Patting itself on the back
Samar Halarnkar does a commendable job of bringing to light the stark realities of urban India (India’s blank spaces, Maha Bharat, June 3). The fact that ‘at least 10 homeless people are dying on the streets of the nation’s capital everyday’ contradicts the prime minister’s recent praise for his government’s performance over the past six years. If the condition of the city with the highest per capita income in the country is so bad, then one wonders about the state of affairs in other, lesser developed parts of India. These statistics blow the lid off the UPA’s claim of working for the welfare of the aam aadmi.
Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi
Pride pushed to the side
It is shocking that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided against sending our cricket team to the Asian Games. Cricket will make a debut at the Asian Games, which will take place in China later this year. The Indian cricket team is among the world’s top five teams. It’s a golden opportunity for our players to bring laurels to the nation. But the BCCI is playing spoilsport. The situation calls for intervention by the sports ministry, which should ask the BCCI to put national pride before its commercial interest.
Amit Bhandari, Delhi