A Land They Can Call Their Own
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 oen not mentioned.
Refer to ‘We walk. For the Good Earth that is Ours’ by Brijesh Pandey, 20 October.
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
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-