The editorial `Lessons from Nandigram' (March 16) comprehensively deals with the issues involved. Just when the CPI(M) is redeeming itself vis-à-vis West Bengal's industrialisation, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is stepping into the space vacated by it. She seems to be bent on opposing any government move. For decades we have been used to slow growth, and now we are unable to meet the demands of accelerated growth!
M.K.D. Prasada Rao,
I entirely agree with your assessment that land acquisition may not have been the real cause of the ugly situation in Nandigram. The statement of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the State Assembly on March 15 vindicates this position. When all anti-Left forces are hell bent on challenging the police by violent means ,is it fair to put the blame, even partially, on political slowness and administrative mishandling'?
The opportunistic plea for dismissal of the West Bengal Government over the Nandigram incidents does not merit consideration. The Singur incident should have been an eye-opener for the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government. While making plans to acquire farm land for non-agricultural purposes, the authorities should have shown greater understanding.
C.P. Velayudhan Nair,
A national policy laying down clear guidelines for acquiring land from farmers for special economic zones and industries is of paramount importance.
K.M. Lakshmana Rao,
As you have rightly said, the administration's mishandling of the issue and failure to foresee an imminent danger in the area are the major reasons for the situation developing into what it did. But, from the point of view of the State government, no administration can silently watch lawlessness and virtual blockade of an area by troublemakers.
I am, however, disappointed with your criticism of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. I think the Governor only expressed his sadness at the loss of lives and the violence and did not criticise the State Government.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan,
The violence in Nandigram is testimony to the complete lack of communication between the administration and the local people. Mr. Bhattacharjee has every right to take steps for the State's economic development but let him do so by convincing his people about its benefits, especially in the long run.
The need is for Chief Minister Bhattacharjee to take a cool, objective, and just stand on all matters arising out of the situation and learn lessons from a mishandled crisis. It is his duty to bring the situation under control and restore normality.
As the main protagonist of the SEZs drama, the Centre has the moral duty to adjudicate on the matter and cannot seek to underplay this issue as a State law and order problem and adopt a wait and watch policy. Time is running out. Some thing needs to be done fast.