OPINION

General strike

When the country is reeling under the impact of a recession, the 12-hour strike called by the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu was unnecessary. It only showed that politicians can take the people for a ride to fulfil their political ends.

K.L. Bhaskaran,

Coimbatore



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With over one lakh civilians fleeing the no-fire zone despite the LTTE’s efforts to halt the exodus, the scenario in Sri Lanka has undergone a complete change.

The conflict is likely to end in a few days. It was, therefore, meaningless to call for a general strike at this point of time.

R. Ramakrishnan,

Chennai



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The plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils is heart-rending. The politicians of Tamil Nadu are unable to do anything to mitigate their sufferings. They can at least stop fishing in troubled waters.

K. Raghuraman,

Chennai



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The unwanted hype over the LTTE in Tamil Nadu smacks of political opportunism. Over the years, the LTTE has proved that it is the most sophisticated and advanced terrorist outfit in the world. Apart from spreading its tentacles in India, it has only helped chauvinism grow like a monster. Concern for the lives of the people cannot imply defending a menacing terrorist group.

N. Divakar,

Mysore



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It is quite surprising that some people in India treat those fighting for an independent Kashmir as terrorists but claim that the LTTE is not a terrorist organisation. Why don’t our political leaders ask the LTTE to surrender? All the noise being generated on the issue is with an eye on the election. Only god can protect the thousands of Tamils brutalised by the LTTE earlier and at the mercy of the army now.

D. Lakshmanan,

Chennai



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Only in India can an elected Chief Minister call for a general strike. It exposes a seriously flawed work culture that equates not working to sacrifice. If we were to conduct a survey of what people did during the strike, we will find that they watched television, the IPL cricket match, lazed around, or visited friends and relatives.

How much more fitting it would be if our leaders could ask the people to donate a day’s wage to a worthy cause!

K. Balakesari,

Chennai

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