Buddhadeb must protect people

The bloody orgy in Nandigram was horrendous. It reminds one of the siege of Leningrad in the early 40s of the last century. Seemingly, the CPM found it hard to bear with the conscience of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. In mental distress, Gandhi couldn’t resist heaving a sigh in public.

The tragedy also reminds one of the fury let loose by the Turks in Turkey on the Armenians in 1916. The CPM’s double face like that of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde stands fully exposed. The red terror was so brutal that even the leftist allies in the government felt seared, belching in agony.

The Centre, interested in the prolongation of life of the UPA regime, acquiesced ignobly, principles and prudence suppressed, in their mindset. Such a bloodbath cannot but leave a black stain on the face of the UPA government.

V.I.K. SHARMA, Jalandhar



The armed entry of the CPM cadres into Nandigram is comparable to the Congress leaders letting their goons free post Indira Gandhi assassination and Mr Narendra Modi letting his thugs out during the Godhra riots. By endorsing his cadres who have actually looted the villagers and molested and raped women, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has shown that he is in favour of all-out hooliganism to silence his opponents.

What a pity that he is a Chief Minister in a democratic country like India. With persons like him and Mr Modi at the helm, India’s dream of becoming a super power will remain a pipe dream.

A Chief Minister who cannot protect his citizens and justifies atrocities against them for obnoxious political ambitions has no right to continue in office.

DEEPAK JOSHI, Bhandup, Mumbai


State-sponsored terrorism in Nandigram, engineered by the CPM cadres, is not only shocking but makes people voiceless. To get benefit of a social problem, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani is trying to gain cheap political advantage after the NDA team’s visit to ground zero.

West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has also overstepped his constitutional boundaries in airing his views in public, instead of
discussing the matter with his Chief Minister. He has proved that he is a Governor with a conscience. But he has forgotten that he can guide a state government and can send a report to the Centre, if required, but cannot air his views in public.

Why did Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee align with Muslim fanatics and Maoists instead of choosing the peaceful way of protest for her political benefits? The state government should have taken steps to maintain law and order in the disturbed area and help the innocent victims.



When  a state government fails to control and protect the interests and rights of its people, the Centre has to intervene and restore law and order. Clearly, the West Bengal government has failed in its duty.

The Lok Sabha took up discussion on the issue after considerable delay. When the Governor says that there is a war-like situation in Nandigram, it becomes a national issue and the Left should not have objected to a debate in Parliament.

Parliament should discuss the issue threadbare and it cannot remain a mute spectator to the Nandigram killings. This is, in fact, the flip side of coalition politics. The Centre is keeping mum because it does not want to antagonise the Left, the UPA government’s key ally.



The sudden conflagration in Central Kolkata on Wednesday proves that the law and order situation is going out of control in West Bengal. The Nandigram episode is worse. Instead of resolving the issue and saving the lives of innocent people, political parties are playing politics on the issue.

These parties are worried about their vote banks. No one has any concern about the future of innocent kids and youth. Even the media has been stopped from entering Nandigram. As a result, we are not getting a proper picture of the problem.


English for kids

In village primary schools, English cannot be taught through the direct method or even through the structural approach for obvious reasons. We have to follow the translation method, which is possible only when children have acquired a reasonable mastery over reading and writing their mother tongue.

We may thus start teaching English from Class V or VI only. If we introduce English in Class I, we will burden the child with rote memory. Simply including English as a subject of study in the primary school syllabus won’t help. When our teachers have failed to teach the mother tongue properly, how will they teach English is anybody’s guess.

Our experience of teaching English in primary schools since 1998-99 is not happy. Children passing out of our primary schools have not mastered even the alphabet; they can neither understand nor read/speak English correctly. Our approach must be genuine and we should follow the principles of pedagogy with the needed infrastructure.

Dr T. R. SHARMA, Patiala

Of criminals and politicians

Politicians in Himachal Pradesh are no different from those in other states. Recently I saw a criminal travelling with a senior politician known to me. I casually asked him the reason for allowing a criminal to accompany him. He replied, “Colonel Sahib, this man has been helping me for the last 15 years. He gets me lots of votes, hence I keep him with me”.

All political parties have tainted personalities. These parties have debased society by giving them tickets to contest elections. As people don’t find any worth in the politician, they vote for the party. A small segment of society which wants the election of capable candidates is unable to change the scene. Hence tainted candidates are always winning the elections.

It is time our political parties stopped giving tickets to tainted persons. The Tribune has played a major role in highlighting this problem, but no political party is ready to listen. The Election Commission and the Supreme Court should come down heavily on tainted politicians.

Voters should also understand the value of their votes. They should not vote for a tainted person. Instead, they should find out the worth of a candidate before exercising their franchise.

Col. JASWANT SINGH CHANDEL (retd), Kalol (Bilaspur)



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