The Naxals have a strategy, the government does not
The editorial Theirs to give & take away? (Our Take, September 7) presents an accurate account of how the Maoists are acting as arbiters of people’s lives — abducting and releasing, or killing, them at will. It’s true that they are far more organised in their rebellion against the authorities, who are dancing to the Maoists’ tune. This must end. The government realises that it has to deal with the Maoists firmly. Sadly, there is still no clarity over its policies to tackle the Naxal problem.
Ram Lal, via email
With reference to the report 9-day nightmare ends, Maoists free cops (September 7) though the release of the abducted policemen is good news for their families, it will be foolish to interpret this as defeat of the Maoists. The episode should make both the Centre and state governments realise that a lack of unity among various political parties is strengthening the insurgents. They must reach a consensus to fight Naxalism at the earliest.
Danendra Jain, via email
Don’t go down Pak’s path
The editorial Hunting with the hounds (Our Take, September 6) rightly points out that Pakistan is neck-deep in trouble. The recent floods have wreaked havoc on the nation and the periodic bomb blasts are killing several innocents. Also, Pakistan’s domestic problems are growing by the day. This should be an eye-opener for the separatists in Kashmir. They should realise that approving and promoting ethnic violence is a bad strategy. The Muslims, like believers of any other religion, want to lead a peaceful life. This is the true meaning of azadi. We should refrain from repeating the mistakes that Pakistan has been making, and which have been destroying it, for decades.
Haleem Farooqui, Bhopal
Not a world-class apart
The editorial Strut along Delusional St (Our Take, September 4) made for interesting reading and touched upon various aspects of life in modern India. A lot still needs to be done to turn the government’s claim of India being a world-class nation into reality. Our habit of finding ‘jugads’ to all problems big or small might give temporary solutions, but it hampers national development in the long run.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Mutual dependence society
Pankaj Vohra in Is YSR’s son safe bet for Congress? (Between Us, September 6) rightly states that the Congress can’t afford to sideline Jaganmohan Reddy if it wants to return to power in Andhra Pradesh. Jagan is not a good administrator. He lacks his father’s charisma. But he can get thousands of sympathy votes for the Congress. The truth is that Jagan also needs the Congress to realise his dream of becoming the chief minister.
Bal Govind, Noida
Covering up a cover-up?
With reference to the report Bigger fix: Pak player dishes out more dirt (September 6), neither the Pakistani government nor the cricketers are trustworthy. The urgency in the reactions of every Pakistani, including the prime minister and the country’s high commissioner to Britain, to the spot-fixing scandal is surprising. It seems that they are either trying to cover up some other ‘mistakes’ or the various internal problems of the country have been resolved overnight.
S. Kamat, Goa