Tuesday, November 3, 2009

those who live by the sword die by the sword

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Dear Friends,
I would urge you to read this mind blowing article by Arundhati Roy. It is on the so called Naxalite "menace" and has appeared in the latest issue of the Outlook.
The short point is this. If we are to survive as a republic, we must pay heed to the dignity of the poorest of the poor.The issue needs to be widely discussed and debated as it concerns the dignity and the livelihoods of the poorest and the most marginalized of our countrymen.
No algorithm has yet been written for human greed. And observing the history of capitalist "development" of the last 300 years, it is very difficult to be satisfied that expropriating the tribals from their land will indeed lead to their development rather than lining the pockets of the super rich and their ill gotten Swiss bank accounts.
The situation is very grim and it'll be a gross folly not to protest in the circumstances.

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