With reference to the article ‘Salwa Judum Redux’ (IE, June 4), the reporter has left out a key fact. The Supreme Court has categorically banned Salwa Judum under any name: “The state of Chhattisgarh shall take all appropriate measures to prevent the operation of any group, including but not limited to Salwa Judum and Koya Commandos, that in any manner or form seek to take law into private hands, act unconstitutionally or otherwise violate the human rights of any person. The measures to be taken by the state of Chhattisgarh shall include, but not be limited to, investigation of all previously inappropriately or incompletely investigated instances of alleged criminal activities of Salwa Judum, or those popularly known as Koya Commandos, filing of appropriate FIRs and diligent prosecution.” This is the judgment of Justices B. Sudershan Reddy and S.S. Nijjar, Supreme Court of India, July 5, 2011, in WP (Civil) 250/2007 and WP (Cr) 119/2007. The onus is on Chhattisgarh to prosecute Judum leaders, not support them in their future activities.
– Nandini Sundar, New Delhi
The IMD’s grim monsoon forecast does not augur well for the economy (‘Face the spectre’, IE, June 4). Even though Skymet differs with the IMD and contends that the monsoon will be normal, we cannot afford to take chances. It would be prudent to diversify from rice/ wheat crops and plant less water-intensive crops like pulses, oilseeds, etc. It would be possible to reduce the import bill for these items and also conserve soil moisture. By consuming the surplus rice and wheat, we can find a practical solution to warehousing problems.
– V. Chandramohan, Mumbai
The IMD had earlier forecast deficient rains at 93 per cent of normal. It has now revised it to 88 per cent. The Centre and state governments must take the forecast as a wake-up call to chalk out an action plan to tackle drought. Besides taking steps to avert rural distress, all means of irrigation, including canals and tubewells, must be made fully functional and electricity made available to private tubewells in rural areas.
– M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
The decision taken by some state governments to ban Maggi noodles is welcome (‘Two-minute bans’, IE, June 4). But is this the only food product that has failed tests? So many of the fruits and vegetables in the market will be found to be contaminated with harmful chemicals, if tested. Are state governments afraid that taking action on this would tag them as anti-poor?
– Himanshu Goyal, Sardulgarh