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india Updated: Dec 31, 2010 22:24 IST

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Like a true winner, Nitish Kumar does things differently
DN Sahaya's write-up He's changing the rules of the games (December 29) rightly states that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has ushered in an era of development in the state. Kumar's efforts towards reducing crime and corruption, promoting growth, ensuring women's safety and creating more jobs for the locals in Bihar deserve appreciation. He should be the role model for all politicians. By winning the assembly elections for the second time in a row, Kumar has proved that winners don't do different things but they do things differently.
Vishal Bhambhani, Ujjain

It's beyond rights and wrongs
With reference to Barkha Dutt's article Lost in the din (Third Eye, December 25), it's still not clear whether Binayak Sen is not guilty of sedition. But it's sad that while self-styled human rights activists and intellectuals stand up for terrorists, insurgents and separatists, they rarely support the common man and police personnel, who are at the receiving end of atrocities. They should remember that human rights are for the welfare of humans and not barbarians. There is no place for either violence or its supporters in India.
DC Pandey, Noida

The Raipur sessions court's decision to imprison Binayak Sen for life is wrong. His imprisonment is politically driven and the media should ensure that Sen's case is not politicised any further. Politicians are dividing the nation on the lines of caste, religion and region. They are neither doing their duty of helping the poor nor letting activists like Sen to do it. It's ironic that while the judiciary hasn't yet punished terrorists like Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab, who killed hundreds of people in broad daylight, it did not waste time in proving Sen guilty.
Ram A Sharma, Indore

Sketch and itch
Shreyas Navare's cartoon Big Deal (December 25) is in bad taste, as it not only hurts the religious sentiments of the Sikh community but also demeans the Prime Minister of India. It's true that the UPA government is weak. But we know that Manmohan Singh alone isn't responsible for the mess. The fans of RK Laxman's political cartoons know the importance of subtlety in expressing opinions. Of course, not all cartoonists can be as great as Laxman. The Sikh turban has a great historic and cultural significance. It is the responsibility of the newspaper to not allow people like Navare from misusing their freedom of expression.
Ranbir Singh Jakher, via email

Not looking deep enough
The sudden closure of the Aarushi murder case by the CBI is shocking to say the least (CBI hits dead end, closes Aarushi case, December 30). The fact that the CBI could not catch the culprits even after two years of investigation raises questions on its credibility. If solving a murder case proved to be an uphill task for the investigative agency, how will it crack various mega-scams? Its excuse, that the evidence in the Aarushi case were destroyed immediately after the murder, is unconvincing. It is high time the government revamped the CBI to make it more efficient.
JN Mahanty, Puri

Leave no room for terrorism
With reference to the editorial It's a work in progress (Our Take, December 30), the government should reconsider its present policy on tackling terror and implement in full force the counter-terrorism law. India has been a victim of terrorism for more than 20 years. The attack on Parliament, the 26/11 terror attack and the most recent Varanasi bomb blast point to the need for efficient laws that make India safe.
Kumar Akash, Chhapra