Don’t outsource security
Dilip Simeon in No quick fixes, please (April 29) rightly states that the people of Chhattisgarh should denounce the impudence of the government that called the Salwa Judum a ‘Gandhian campaign’.Updated: May 01, 2008, 22:33 IST
Dilip Simeon in No quick fixes, please (April 29) rightly states that the people of Chhattisgarh should denounce the impudence of the government that called the Salwa Judum a ‘Gandhian campaign’. This state-backed ‘Gandhian militia’ has many fake encounters and rapes to its credit. It’s sad that the government is yet to realise that Naxalism is a socio-economic problem, not a security issue.
State support to groups like Salwa Judum is tantamount to outsourcing security, something that the government is supposed to guarantee its citizens. The government should take the blame for what is happening in Chhattisgarh today. No matter how difficult it is to control Naxalism, protecting life and property is the prime responsibility of the State.
With reference to the report Sonia, Yechury spar over Nandigram (April 29), if the Congress was so hurt by what happened in Nandigram last year, why is it still with the Left at the Centre? The Congress has lost the confidence of the common man because of its non-performance.
Veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu has rightly pointed out that Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s knowledge on matters related to Nandigram is half-baked. It is time that her basic information about the country, which she virtually rules, is questioned by the people.
No diktats, please
Approps of Energise the relations (April 30), Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to India will improve the relations between the two countries. And the US must be condemned for trying to dictate our policy vis-a-vis Iran.