Apropos of Harsh Mander’s article Braving every day (January 9), it was heartening to read the story of a roadside boy Ratul. There are thousands of such children who fight poverty, hunger, ill-health, abuse and the harsh winter in the open. Every child has a dark story that tells what prompted them to follow this path. The government should frame some policies to pull some of these children back from the brink and provide them humane living conditions.
The biographic account of Ratul detailing his (mis)adventures made for poignant reading on the coldest day of the season. There may be many Ratuls who are forced to lead such a life. Let us try to ameliorate the life of at least one Ratul.
Sanjoy Hazarika in Terrorise to the table (January 11), has underlined the reasons and consequences of ULFA’s recent massacre of poor migrant workers in Assam. This shows that ULFA is desperate to show its presence by attacking soft targets. ULFA is devoid of ideology and does not bother about public opinion in Assam. It must be tackled militarily rather than engaged in dialogue.
The butchery of innocent Hindi-speaking people in various Assam towns by members of the Ulfa must be condemned. Democracy allows disgruntled elements many other ways to raise their voice. The governments should track down the criminals responsible. The Bihar government should not let the situation to deteriorate into a fratricidal war.
Guilty by law
Apropos of the editorial Stay out, damned spots (January 11), it is welcome news that the 12 MPs involved in the cash-for-questions scandal have at last been proved guilty of parliamentary norms and propriety.
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