Right reproach

The Srikrishna committee’s report on the Chennai lawyers’ agitation is at once gratifying in its candid incisiveness,as it is disturbing in its underscoring the evident deterioration.....

Published: March 11, 2009 10:58 pm

•The Srikrishna committee’s report on the Chennai lawyers’ agitation is at once gratifying in its candid incisiveness,as it is disturbing in its underscoring the evident deterioration in the standards of the profession (‘Men in Black’,IE,March 7). More than the remarks on the Bench,the observations on the functioning of the Bar Councils are relevant. Professional bodies,of any calling,are conscience keepers of society and are meant to inculcate and promote ethics within the profession. Thus they need self-correcting mechanisms. Otherwise,they become mere self-serving interest groups.

— R. Narayanan Ghaziabad

Their agenda

•You have argued that the BJP’s problems stem from the absence of a national agenda made up of federal specifics (‘Vanishing allies’,IE,March 10). But they do have a national agenda — of cultural revanchism. Their party president is on record for stating that if the BJP came to power on its own,it would prioritise building the Ayodhya temple. While Naveen Patnaik is certainly keeping his options open by parting with the BJP it might be worth considering why he ultimately chose to do so. Perhaps he felt the burden of the BJP’s agenda?

— Rufus D’Souza Pune

Rough ride

•Contesting the 2009 general elections will be an uphill task for most parties. The electronic media and its outsized reach have increased the awareness of the electorate manifold. From deprivation to corruption,from poor policy implementation to misappropriation of funds,the media has exposed every problem within the republic before the electorate. That’s why it is becoming harder for political leaders to take voters for a ride as consistently and successfully as they used to. To make a distinction though,the so-called regional parties are more opportunistic than the two national ones. It’s unfortunate that both the major national parties are likely to be more dependent than ever on their regional allies after the polls.

— Bichu Muttathara Pune

Failing neighbour

•Irrespective of who was ultimately responsible for the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore and regardless of their ultimate motives,it is interesting and frightening to watch the growing chaos across the border. Pakistan has arrested some people and kept some others still in custody,but there’s no doubt that the country’s systems and institutions are failing. Zardari has further imperilled his country by the Swat capitulation and the avoidable turmoil over the Sharif brothers. — D.S. Prasad Bangalore

Still not out

•A quality one must admire in Sachin Tendulkar is his tendency to let his bat speak for him. That’s what happened in the third ODI in New Zealand when Tendulkar silenced his critics,proving in the process why he’s the world’s best. His 43rd one-day century will be remembered both as a personal milestone for Tendulkar as well as what sealed India’s victory. It also revealed that he still has the hunger for runs.

— Ratan Sharga Delhi

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