* The directive given by the Supreme Court to the government to act fast on sanctioning or rejecting action on applications for prosecuting allegedly corrupt public servants was overdue (Pulling up PMO for sitting on Raja plea,Supreme Court calls for faster sanction,IE,February 1). A similar ruling in the case of mercy applications made to the president will also be welcome. If the SC cannot make a recommendation to that effect to the president,it may advise the government to do the same within a short time-frame.
Sadashiv S. Apte Pune
Lacking the sting
* The SC judgment is a landmark one but asking Parliament to amend the existing law to ensure that the sanction to prosecute a public servant is given within four months is naive. Any such bill will meet with the same fate as the Lokpal bill. Besides,even if the permission for prosecution is given fast,what prevents the investigating agencies from delaying the filing of charges to save those in power? Unless the investigating agencies are free of government interference and there is no inordinate delay in the judicial process,corrupt public servants will never be punished in this country.
S. Venkataraman Mumbai
Research in motion
* This refers to IIT JEE to go… (IE,January 31). The engineering entrance benchmarks are being reset by replacing the entrance tests with well-designed aptitude tests. In addition,IITs also need to be reinvented,with a bent towards research. Technological advancement fuels economic growth. We need premier institutions to help us march towards new horizons. For the IITs,the path must veer from the lures of global business into research,to seek exciting frontiers of the future.
R. Narayanan Ghaziabad
* It is an innovative step by the HRD ministry to have a common test for all Central engineering institutes. But giving 40 per cent weightage to Class XII marks will not create a level-playing field. It will put a lot of pressure on students like those who are in state boards where 90 per cent marks are a rarity. A re-think is required in this latest decision.
Bal Govind Noida
* It is time Indian cricket answered some tough questions. What kind of world champions fail to win a single match outside their home pitches? They lost to the English team in all three formats of the game. Now,the Aussies are beating them. How shameful that India have not been able to even draw a single Test match in Australia. A nightmare for every team under the guidance of Gary Kirsten,India fell like nine pins under Duncan Fletchers watch. Cricket lovers are not so forgiving. Losing is part of the game,but not explaining the loss is not cricket.
Sajan Gupta Jammu
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