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The death of a teenager in the capital, after police fired at a group of stunt bikers, is tragic.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2013 12:06 AM IST

Such use of extreme force against bikers is totally unjustified
The death of a teenager in the capital, after police fired at a group of stunt bikers, is tragic. A thorough investigation is required to ascertain why the police resorted to such an extreme step. The police version that the bikers were pelting stones at the police patrol is not enough cause to open fire at them. The police are trained and are supposed to use other measures to caution and even arrest people who break the law. The police resorting to such brutal means smacks of their own disregard for the law.
Sravana Ramachandran, Ooty

In the name of poverty
With reference to the editorial A bad taste in the mouth (Our Take, July 29), it’s not that our leaders of the ruling alliance are not aware of the problems the poor face, but, there seems to be a competition among leaders to make statements that will please the party leadership. If six decades were not enough to eradicate poverty from the country, one wonders how long will it take. What has happened instead is that leaders and businessmen, in the name of eradicating poverty, have amassed wealth through illegal means. The poor are left to fend for themselves.
SC Vaid, via email

Not in the spirit of real debate
It is wrong on the part of Jagdish Bhagwati to label Nobel laureate Amartya Sen an ‘anti-growth economist’ because Sen has always stressed the importance of economic growth as a means of expanding human capabilities. By saying that Sen’s offer to return the Bharat Ratna is a ‘hollow gesture’, Bhagwati has shown that what he is indulging in cannot be termed as a healthy intellectual rivalry.
Kazuki Minato, via email

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