With reference to the report Naxals attack police, kill 55 (March 16), it is inconceivable that armed Naxal groups could inflict such a deadly attack on our security apparatus. We have intelligence agencies but they still seem to be unable to get information about such things on time. The government seems unclear on whether to treat such insurgents as criminals or frustrated youth who need rehabilitation.
Shame of Nandigram
This refers to Sitaram Yechury’s The struggling billion (March 15). Yechury talks of economic empowerment and exhorts the UPA to implement its promises. But one wonders whether the police firing on protesting farmers in Nandigram after uprooting thousands of poor people amounts to their empowerment?
Democracy in India is not for poor people. West Bengal government’s action on the issue of land acquisition proves this. If such incidents continue, poor people’s faith in democracy and government will be eroded.
Instead of working for the common man’s welfare, West Bengal CM seems to be running a government founded on policies antithetical to socialism. It is time the CPI(M) politburo takes serious note of the incident and takes appropriate action against the chief minister.
Ramani P Easwaran
Just not cricket
The death of Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer is unfortunate and a loss to the world of cricket. But is this what cricket has come to? Did losing a match against Ireland cost him his life? We have to understand that cricket is just a game and victories and defeats a part of it.