This refers to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's statement that it is not possible to solve the Maoist problem without regaining the people's confidence. How can it be done? It will be possible only when the condition of the most backward improves. Suppression and oppression will only provoke the victims of under-development. Steps must be taken to ensure that the fruits of development reach all.

Abdul Nizar,

Kasaragod

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Many political parties are reluctant to act firmly against political extremists. There are also the so-called intellectuals who have a soft corner for the extremists. Everyone speaks of winning people's trust but some governments, particularly in naxal-affected States, are responsible for making their States a fertile ground for extremism. Their indifferent approach to the problems of the poor has left several schemes meant for the deprived half-implemented.

P.U. Krishnan,

Udhagamandalam

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The main cause for naxalism to thrive is the lack of a proper delivery system and inclusive growth. India lives in the villages but growth eludes villagers. Most of the funds allocated are not spent in the backward regions. The Centre has conveniently shifted the blame to the States where naxalism has been thriving. If this trend continues, Maoism cannot be rooted out in the near future.

K.M. Lakshmana Rao,

Visakhapatnam

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Notwithstanding the outbursts by our leaders for and against Operation Green Hunt and the fact that Maoists are not terrorists but misguided elements, it should be understood that the government has no alternative other than going all out to eliminate naxalism from our soil.

K. Nehru Patnaik,

Visakhapatnam