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Tackle the menace of Naxalites

The editorial “Offensive against Naxalites” (Feb 19) has rightly stressed that this is the right time to take on the Naxalites in all the affected states.

It is really unfortunate that political leadership of the country, irrespective of political affiliations along with media has failed to grasp the real reason behind the growth of Naxalites.

It has exposed a serious political bankruptcy of thought, by considering it as a purely law and order problem. I strongly feel that Naxalites are the product of inefficient and corrupt socio-economic system.

Any measure to contain Naxalites from spreading their tentacles to other states has to focus on providing good, efficient and corruption-free governance, focusing on economic security, equitable land distribution, and decentralisation of powers.

The poor have to be made stakeholders in economic development and have to be provided employment, self-respect and oppression-free existence.

Until, the state takes care of its poor and the oppressed, Naxalites will be able to exploit the anger and desperation of the deprived people.



The problem of Naxalites is spreading like wildfire. This is a dangerous trend. If not checked, it will soon engulf the entire country. The government needs to tackle this problem on a war footing.

The police should be adequately armed with sophisticated and modern weapons to fight the Naxalites. It is the duty of the state governments to tackle such problems.

The Central Government has to deal with the terror threat from across the border. The Naxal movement should be crushed with an iron hand.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

True compassion for dogs

The editorial “Right to live” (Jan 26) and subsequent letters to the editor may have emphasised compassion for stray dogs. But these were conspicuous by the absence of any practical suggestions to alleviate the suffering of stray dogs. Without providing food and shelter, it is meaningless to preach compassion.

The stray dogs are a neglected lot roaming aimlessly and earning the wrath of the public. The only way to save these stray dogs is by adopting them. They should be rehabilitated in houses, factories and police stations and used as watchdogs.

As things exist, the NGO’s are defunct and local authorities are callous towards the need of the dogs. The stray dogs ordinarily do not leave their territory and as such it is not difficult for the inmates of a colony or a village to get these dogs sterilised and immunised with the help of local authorities. This will be a true gesture of compassion towards stray dogs.


Pub culture

The debate about the pub culture concerns only the middle class. It is the vast emerging middle class which is in a flux and concerned about social morals and culture.

Women activists argue about gender equality. There is nothing wrong with equal opportunities for employment and work.

But, laws alone cannot ensure a good civil society. Votaries of adult choice have already created a debate. There is also a case for moral policing, which too needs to be debated.


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, neatly hand-written or typed in double space, should not exceed the 150-word limit. These can be sent by post to the Letters Editor, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh-160030. Letters can also be sent by e-mail to: Letters@tribuneindia.com.

— Editor-in-Chief

BJP’s Ram mandir

The BJP has once again raked up the Ram mandir issue and proved that it has not learnt any lesson from the debacle in the previous Lok Sabha polls. The Indian masses were fed up with the so-called Hindutava propagated by the saffron brigade and did not endorse the Ram mandir issue.

The electorate is finally mature enough to comprehend that Ram mandir would not lead them out of the vicious cycle of malnutrition, poverty and illiteracy. Thus the BJP’s electoral downfall was waiting to happen.

If the party wants to return to power, it should shed its brand of Hindutava and be sympathetic to the woes of the people. Only then can it win the hearts of the electorate.




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