Coal for action
*The editorial Admit it,and act (IE,May 1) rightly advises the government to sack the law minister and probe the law officers and the civil servants who had read the CBI report before it was submitted to court. But,judging by the combative and unrepentant mood of the UPA government,this advice is not likely to be heeded. If the protective shield is removed,the prime minister himself might be in the direct line of fire,as he was coal minister from 2006 to 2009.
M. Ratan Delhi
* THE editorial Admit it,and act rightly calls for action on the controversy surrounding the CBIs status report on the coal allocations probe. The personal probity of the prime minister is under question. If the law minister,law officers and civil servants acted of their own accord when they asked to be allowed to see and amend the report,then it is for the PM to sack the law minister and the attorney general,as well as suspend the concerned bureaucrats in the PMO and the coal ministry. He should set up an inquiry without waiting for further indictment from the Supreme Court. The PM recently said that the world was laughing at us because of our parliamentary disruptions. The world might laugh more at a government making desperate attempts to cover up its own wrongdoings.
M.C. Joshi Lucknow
Problem with policing
*THIS refers to The problem with porn by Mrinal Pande (IE,May 1). Instead of blaming pornography for the continuous rise in crimes against women and seeking a ban on it,the Central government would do well to instruct the police to be alert and act swiftly on complaints. Fast-track courts should be set up to deal with rape cases.
Ketan R. Meher Thane
Debate and democracy
* LEADER of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj has had a long-running rivalry with Congress chief,Sonia Gandhi. She even contested against Gandhi in Bellary in 1999,and lost. After the 2004 general elections,Swaraj had threatened to tonsure her head,wear white and sleep on the floor if Gandhi became prime minister. But over the years,the relationship between the two leaders seemed to have become more cordial. So Swarajs sudden attack on Gandhi,calling her undemocratic,came as a surprise (Sushma says Sonia undemocratic,BJP to boycott meetings,IE,May 1). Swarajs remark was probably meant to undermine UPA 2 as a whole. In the run-up to the general elections,the opposition is unlikely to cooperate with the government on any issue,including the passing of pending bills. I have had great regard for the opposition in a parliamentary democracy. But the way the BJP and regional parties have habitually stalled Parliament,and Swarajs allegation of a complete breakdown in relations between the BJP and UPA 2,are a slap in the face of democracy.
Bidyut K. Chatterjee Faridabad