THE words of John Pilger echo what he lives for and believes in: “We support the underdog” (Cover Story, December 21). He recounted how the U.S. made a distinction between good terrorism and bad terrorism to suit its nefarious interests. His views on Barack Obama, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are convincingly substantiated.
He identified the march of Indian farmers from Haridwar to New Delhi (September 23 to October 2) as the most profound political promise of revolutionary fervour in the world in recent times. AYYASSERI RAVEENDRANATH
FROM independence no politician has ever attempted to give the police the freedom to function independently (“The police & the Constitution”, December 21). Various committee reports on police reforms are gathering dust. During investigations, evidence is manufactured and/or collected as per the convenience of vested interests, with scant regard for justice. The judiciary has no alternative but to decide cases on the basis of such evidence. Laws get mangled by the police at the initial stage of the investigation.
Politicians use the police to protect goons and send their opponents to jail. The chaos in society starts at this point. Innocent people who become victims of such a corrupt system are left with no alternative but to secure justice by taking the law into their own hands, resorting to violence if necessary.
M.N. BHARTIYA ALTOPORVORIM, GOA