John Pil­ger

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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

ARANMULA, KER­ALA

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

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