State and land mafia?

Barun Mitra's article Ground Reality (March 24) has raised two important issues in the backdrop of the Singur and Nandigram land acquisition controversy.
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Barun Mitra's article Ground Reality (March 24) has raised two important issues in the backdrop of the Singur and Nandigram land acquisition controversy. The question is why corporate houses seek political patronage to procure land for their projects. If they cannot acquire land by legitimate means, then the need is to reform the land market. Instead, the government has become a middleman and assumed the land mafia’s role.

When laws like Misa, Tada etc. could be repealed, why not the Land Acquisition Act, 1978? This important issue should be debated in Parliament by all parties and a consensus evolved as a matter of national policy in the light of the recent developments as well as the changed international scenario.

DP Ganguly
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Though Barun Mitra’s article had many valid points, it cannot be denied that industrialisation is a must for the country’s economy. The real issue is proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation. The opinion of farmers should be sought. Let them decide what they really would like.

Md Omar Khan


The article on SEZs revealed a profound contrast between farmers’ helplessness and the investors backed by their political patrons. India is independent, not so rural India, which is a mere pawn in the hands of power brokers. Most political parties are merely trying to foster their party agenda. Who among them really care if farmers starve to death? We can’t exploit common people to portray ourselves as a developed nation with SEZs.

Litika Mehta
via e-mail

Quotas for Christians

If the Congress-led UPA government wants to give Muslims reservation in jobs in central and state government undertakings, why not for Christians? In fact, the government should abolish all reservations based on religion and caste and restrict them to handicapped and economically backward families, irrespective of the family’s religion or caste.

Michael Fernandes

Fight terrorism

Apropos of the editorial LTTE threat in the air (March 28), the LTTE’s attack on Sri Lanka’s civil and military airport highlights the dangerous capacity of terrorist organisations to inflict damage to life and property in the civilised world. It not only signifies the growing terror tactics of the LTTE but is a message to the international community regarding the terror menace it is likely to face in the coming years. If terrorists can procure aeroplanes and build airports, the future is dark. It is time the international community planned a long-term strategy to combat terrorism in any part of the world and in whichever form it raises its head.

Ved Guliani


The situation in the subcontinent is fraught since a large number of Tamils have recently moved to Indian shores as refugees. It has been reported that Tamil Tigers are retaliating against the Sri Lankan government’s attacks on its bases. This may lead to an exodus of civilians from the island. The fact is that the Sri Lankan government has never given the Tigers a chance to speak out their concerns. The government should give a patient hearing to their concerns by calling them for talks.

PS Saravana Durai

Traffic offenders

If traffic rules in the country are not followed properly and the offender offers a bribe to the policemen, then it is the police department and the concerned authorities who have to be blamed. If the authorities start working without regard to who is driving or how much is he willing to pay as bribe, the offenders will stop offering bribes.

Wasil Dhingra

The shine is off

This has reference to Sitaram Yechury’s article Land of the rising sum (March 29). Politicians have used economic development as a major issue in elections. They invented slogans like ‘Garibi hatao’ and ‘Shining India’, but there has been no success in tackling the nation’s poverty levels. We have a few billionaires and the highest number of millionaires in Asia, but that is no criteria of development. Dreams of becoming a developed nation are an illusion in front of our poverty graph.

Neeraj Benjwal
via e-mail

Gone all wrong

Apropos of the editorial Bring cricket back into cricket (March 28), the BCCI, the richest cricket body in the world, must open its functioning for public scrutiny apart from being headed by a professional with cricket background. The shameful exit of Team India at the World Cup calls for taking a holistic view of ‘what really went wrong’. Let it not go down the Indian hockey way.

SK Gupta

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