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There is no reason to be ecstatic over the guilty verdict being pronounced on Ajmal Kasab. Even if he is finally sentenced to death by the apex court — after a long-drawn series of appeals....

Written by The Indian Express |
May 5, 2010 2:55:15 am

There is no reason to be ecstatic over the guilty verdict being pronounced on Ajmal Kasab. Even if he is finally sentenced to death by the apex court — after a long-drawn series of appeals — he can still approach India’s highest constitutional authority with a mercy petition. The home ministry can take up his case for consideration only after clearing the waiting list of 87 noble souls who are awaiting their fate for nearly a decade. The terrorist in question can,therefore,rest assured that he will survive at taxpayer expense for at least 10 to 12 years hereafter.

— Arun Malankar Mumbai

Justice for India

At last the verdict is out for the 26/11 terror attack,and Ajmal Kasab has been sentenced. The government should respect universal opinion in the country,and act immediately,projecting Kasab before the international community as proof that the terror plot against India was planned by masterminds in Pakistan. It is now for the international community to take Kasab’s proven guilt into consideration against Pakistan,fix the liability to dismantle terror camps on their heads,and deliver justice to India.

— Syed Khaja New Delhi

Certified good

I agree fully with Sanjay Dhande (‘Digital degrees’,IE,May 1),that there should be a repository of digital degrees,certificates and other academic records. I’ve had a harrowing time arranging loads of marksheets and certificates from the 10th standard to my graduate degree. The practice of attesting each one of them dates back to the pre-Independence era,and is very time consuming. What is horrific is that this exercise has to be repeated for each institute or job that I apply to! A digital repository of records can make it easier not only for students,but also institutes,which could easily access all academic records at the click of a button,instead of sifting through reams of papers. It even has environmental benefit,as it can save millions of sheets of paper annually,given that our country churns out millions of graduates each year.

— Abhishek Dwivedi


Scrap laws

NEHA Sinha is right (‘A radioactive risk society’,IE,May 3). In the first place,we do not have definite laws,rules and norms regarding even the safe disposal of garbage,let alone radioactive,uranium or biomedical waste. What happened at Mayapuri could have been prevented if the Delhi University staff had been a little cautious and alert. Legally,the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) is responsible for disposal — but what about procurement? AERB certifies that the ground monitoring is non-existent. Scrap workers,ragpickers,and many more handling biomedical waste are not even trained. We have no provisions or place to dispose of infected blood,organs,or tissue,let alone radioactive waste material. Nor are ordinary batteries disposed of carefully: if they melt,acid can leak out that is harmful to ragpickers or scrap dealers.

— Jayashree M. Baxi


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