Sycophancy Harming Our Gains
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan has given godmen official designation as Minister of State with attendant perks and it is reported that every house built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yogana scheme for 2.86 lakh people in that state will have ceramic tiles with a picture of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. Elections in Karnataka have opened our eyes to the utter lack of morality in winning elections, with criminals and tainted people in election mode with moneybags and ‘goonda’ elements; winnable candidates are being chosen and nothing else matters. There is scant regard for morality and dignity of the nation, with religious and caste polarisation in full swing. All parties, not only the BJP, are guilty of helping destroy institutions of checks and balances in the country; even the Supreme Court has not been spared. Is there any doubt that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely? Dynasty and sycophancy, both should be condemned.
JOHN ERIC GOMES, Porvorim
Lethal Blow To Naxal Movement
The killing of 37 Naxals on April 22 in Kasnasur jungle near Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli in a twin strike has been hailed as the biggest success that the anti-Naxal operations have achieved till now in the country. Fighting all odds, including incessant rains in a dense jungle the previous night, the anti-Naxal forces displayed patience and aggression in equal measure to deal a lethal blow to the Naxal movement. Death of so many personnel in a single operation is a serious body blow to the fledgling Naxals in the area from which they may not recover anytime soon. As much as eighty C-60 commandos and the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) Battalion 9 are credited with the deadly operation considered a big morale booster for the dedicated police force countering the Naxals in the area despite facing a barrage of allegations from ‘human rights activists.’ But going by past examples and knowing the Maoists, the forces can hardly allow complacency to creep into their day-to-day operations especially when a known Naxal den, Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, is in close proximity to Gadchiroli. Smugness on past achievements has always been the cause of hardship for the otherwise brave and focused anti-Naxal commandos. The sheer number of Naxals killed and the ultra-sophisticated weapons recovered point to the need for more police hands and state-of-the-art ammunition. The CRPF is said to be planning an overhaul of its battalions. Accordingly, the CRPF’s plan to induct 12,000 young men to replace their elder colleagues in the 31 battalions fighting the Naxals in central India could not have come at a better time. However, as the Centre and different state governments have said, the aim of the police and the anti-Naxal forces is not to finish off the Naxals. The governments believe the Naxals have to shun violence and join the mainstream society.
GANAPATHI BHAT, Akola