A Land They Can Call Their Own

Tehelka - - 20 - SI­MON MORROW,

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your ar­ti­cle about the Jan Satya­graha march. Land rights is­sues nor­mally re­ceive very lit­tle news cov­er­age. It was good to see an in-depth ar­ti­cle that high­lighted case stud­ies and brought the his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive of the Vi­nobha move­ment, some­thing that is oen not men­tioned.

Re­fer to ‘We walk. For the Good Earth that is Ours’ by Bri­jesh Pandey, 20 Oc­to­ber.

LAND RIGHTS

It is ex­tremely re­as­sur­ing to know that there are jour­nal­ists and pub­li­ca­tions that would give such cov­er­age to a non-glam­orous event like this. It would have been a trav­esty if such an event were not recorded. Good job.

MANISH KAUSHA, ON EMAIL The 1962 de­ba­cle was a re­sult of VK Kr­ishna Menon’s fail­ure as the de­fence min­is­ter. He was un­der wrong no­tions. The Chi­nese adopted a new strat­egy of send­ing waves of men and they achieved their tar­get of teach­ing In­dia a les­son. But we should be able to learn be­yond it, know­ing our friends, trust our army, build up our de­fence, de­vice our strate­gies and have the best diplo­matic tal­ents to play the game.

JA­COB SAHAYAM, ON EMAIL

DE­BAT­ING DEMOC­RACY

Re­fer to ‘Ed­i­tor’s Cut’ by Shoma Chaud­hury, 20 Oc­to­ber. De­vel­op­ment and democ­racy can co­ex­ist. How­ever, in the name of democ­racy, de­vel­op­ment should not have to wait for eter­nity. All one is ask­ing is to spell out a time frame to give an an­swer, ei­ther yes or no. In most cases our en­vi­ron­ment min­istry does not give any an­swer, or looks for a po­lit­i­cal an­swer to a busi­ness ques­tion. For any de­vel­op­ment to take place, there will be a few peo­ple who will be af­fected. Com­pen­sate af­fected peo­ple and help them set­tle into a new life, but do not stall in­vest­ment and de­vel­op­ment in­def­i­nitely. Ul­ti­mately, devel-

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