This refers to the article Overruling the judiciary (IE,March 20). The writer has justifiably questioned the governments move to circumvent adverse judicial pronouncements by introducing retrospective amendments. He has very explained the hapless position of citizens by aptly quoting: heads I win,tails you lose. Its time to take a holistic view of the power of Parliament and state legislatures to retrospectively amend inconvenient laws,which,in all fairness,might have been rightly interpreted by the judiciary. Ironically,the Finance Bill 2012 proposed retrospective amendments dating as far back as 1962. Such steps will harm Indian democracy.
I agree with Overruling the judiciary. I would like to add that the overruling is unacceptable not only in tax matters but also in other fields. The government has always been eager to overrule decisions adverse to its interests,but has failed to introduce laws recommended by the Supreme Court. This is hypocrisy.
Power to the people
ENDING the impasse over the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project,the Tamil Nadu cabinet is reported to have resolved to take steps for its early commissioning (Jaya says yes,IE,March 20). This is welcome. The project has been long overdue since the state is suffering from power shortage. At the same time,the concern of the locals should be addressed.
Down the road
APROPOS On Lanka,DMK relents after UPA climbs down (IE,March 20),its shocking to learn the UPA government has pandered to the DMK and decided to vote in favour of the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN. This can jeopardise our relations with Sri Lanka and help Beijing come closer to Colombo.
THE recent controversy over the army chiefs age indicates an institutional breakdown in settling contentious issues in the armed forces. Theres a disconnect between the civilian government and the armed forces on the issue of appointing army chiefs because the government has not so far put in place a credible system for appointment to this office. Instituting a military advisory body at the highest level may be of use.
C. Koshy John
Not very long ago,Virat Kohli led India to a meticulous win in the under-19 World Cup in 2008. He has already triggered paranoia in international bowlers with some splendid performances,including his recent knock against a mortified Pakistan.
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