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The State and the Maoists are to be blamed for the current mess.

india Updated: May 04, 2012 20:47 IST

In her article From crisis to crisis (Third Eye, April 28), Barkha Dutt makes a cogent argument on red terror. Both the State and the Maoists share the blame for the mess. The Maoists should stop abducting public officials and the government should stop politicising the problem. While abduction as a form of protest must be condemned unequivocally, the State should accept that it has failed to give the tribals their rights. It’s extremely unfortunate that despite knowing the root cause of the menace, the government seems to be waiting for the next crisis to happen.

Medha Arya, via email

Don’t mix the private and public

This refers to Namita Bhandare’s article We are all losers here (Another Day, April 28). It’s true that we have no business poking our nose into the private lives of public figures. What they do in their personal space should not concern the common man or the media. If a politician’s private matters don’t interfere with his professional life or till he is proved guilty of misusing his power to grant special favours to certain individuals, we must respect his privacy.

MPS Chadha, Mohali

I disagree with Bhandare’s views. Our politicians don’t deserve to be called ‘leaders’ if they indulge in amoral and unethical activities. The media is not degrading the quality of our social discourse. On the contrary, it is spreading awareness and giving people an opportunity to speak their minds.

Parveen Kumar Goel, Chandigarh

First Published: May 04, 2012 20:46 IST