Much as The Post's increased interest in Ethiopia these days has aroused curiosity and concern, its lack of objectivity has also become disquieting.

Blaine Harden's Jan. 4 article titled "From Under Thumb to Finger on the Trigger" is just one example. He goes as far as characterizing the women in Eritrea as unique in their experience, distinct in their cultural upbringing and alone in the oppression they suffered under the feudal system. Because Mr. Harden fails to acknowledge the common identity of the women of Eritrea, culturally and historically, with their compatriots in the rest of Ethiopia, the article seems to capitalize more on differences by way of sowing discord in no different a design from the historically discredited objective of Italian colonialism.

Whether one likes it or not, the irrefutable fact is that the injustices of the ancient regime were pervasive and common to all, thus subjecting all the toiling classes in Ethiopia, women in particular because of their status, to the same kind of oppression. Indeed, it is against this ignominy that the people of Ethiopia in 1974 rose in unison to topple the old order and confront the challenges of building a new system. In the light of this, Mr. Harden's association with those who wish to distort reality or rewrite history is, at best, futile.

"Food Aid Plays a Pivotal Role in Civil War" {Dec. 24} is another pathetic example where the author's pen flagrantly tips the scale of objectivity to serve his apparent political goals. Here he speaks of government use of food as a weapon and the government's "refusal to negotiate with either rebel organization."

The fact, however, is that since 1975 numerous efforts have been made by the government to persuade "the rebels" to refrain from bleeding their own motherland and to join hands with the rest of their compatriots, becoming a part of the national endeavor to uplift the country from the throes of underdevelopment -- the culprit responsible for most of Ethiopia's intricate problems, including the killer drought. Contrary to Mr. Harden's claim, however, it is only the choice of violence and terrorism by "the rebels," as demonstrated by the recent ignominious burnings of relief food convoys, that continues to cause destruction and disturb peace in some parts of northern Ethiopia.

As regards the allegation of food being used "as a weapon of war" by the government, diplomats posted in Ethiopia, international journalists, parliamentarians from different countries and, most important, representatives and workers of humanitarian organizations on the spot in northern Ethiopia have on several occasions witnessed to the contrary -- there is no need to repeat their position here. However, I would only add that food is being distributed in Ethiopia today on the basis of one impartial criterion -- need. The extensive network of food distribution facilities, including the air-lifting operations organized by the government, is a part of such a genuine effort to reach all the affected areas.

It is also important to remember that at no time in its history has Ethiopia ever been as open to such a huge number of expatriate personnel, foreign organizations and their scrutiny as it has been in the past three years. They all monitor food distribution, and no move to use food as a weapon has ever been made, as Mr. Harden has alleged.

Even at the height of relief distribution during 1984 and 1985, the share of government food distribution was less than 50 percent, as most of it was done by foreign voluntary organizations, and that percentage was always made under the vigil and careful monitoring of donor governments and the representatives of the voluntary agencies. Under the circumstances, therefore, such an allegation seems to be more the product of a biased mind than a reporting of the reality. KEFFYALLEW GEBRE-MEDHIN New York The writer is counselor of the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations.