TAMIL NADU

Ban on naxals

It was a blunder on the part of the Rajasekhara Reddy Government to have entered into peace talks with naxals who do not have faith in constitutional methods. The Naxalbari movement fizzled out long ago even in West Bengal — where it was founded by tough revolutionaries in the late 1960s — because of its own ideological absurdities. What is needed most to combat naxalism is a tremendous political will backed by unrelenting administrative measures.

T.S. Pattabhi Raman, Coimbatore, T.N.

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The Andhra Pradesh Government's decision to re-impose the ban on the CPI (Maoist) and seven other organisations smacks of political considerations.

Ushadevi & S.B. Rao, Ruwi, Muscat

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Our political authorities always insist that naxals lay down arms. Naxalism is the result of oppression. Neglect of the poor, amassing of un-earned wealth by politicians and corruption in every sphere have resulted in discontent among the vast majority. If we can make the naxals lay down arms, what better alternative do we have to offer them?

P.R.V. Raja, Pandalam, Kerala

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The Maoists frittered away the golden opportunity with least concern for the problems of the poor. Their main aim, instead of being the uplift of the poor, was establishment of a Maoist raj in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country. It is now the duty of the democratically elected Government to ensure peace by allowing no room for naxal terrorism. At the same time, it should hasten the process of land distribution and create employment opportunities.

K.M. Lakshmana Rao, New York

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