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Call of conscience
THIS refers to the editorial ‘Misstep, your honour’ (IE, September 4). The decision of recently retired chief justice of India P. Sathasivam to accept the government’s offer to become the governor of Kerala has invited criticism from several quarters, including his judicial fraternity. The vocal opposition parties are even alleging quid pro quo. It is pertinent to note that Justice Sathasivam’s gubernatorial appointment is well within the norms prescribed by the Constitution. But the apprehensions that the independence of the judiciary may be endangered are also not misplaced. Justice Sathasivam must listen to his conscience and decide what he must do.
— S.K. Gupta
THE editorial argues that in the interests of preserving the “dignity of the office he once held” Justice Sathasivam should reconsider his decision to accept governorship. Alas, this is a knee-jerk reaction to the opposition’s despicable and baseless suggestion that this governorship is a “reward being doled out for past service”. Indeed, both the UPA and NDA have shamelessly politicised and degraded the office of governor, and there is a strong case to abolish governorships entirely. But till that is done, we will have governors — and if a retired chief justice of India is not seen fit for appointment to such an “apolitical” post, we might as well sell our copies of the Constitution to the kabadiwala and declare ourselves a nation united by cynicism and corruption.
— R.P. Subramanian
The king’s speech
THIS refers to ‘Will take stock of who viewed PM’s Teachers’ Day address: HRD to states’ (IE, September 4). The budgets of ill-funded Indian schools are being stressed by the HRD ministry. Funds are sought to be diverted to the procurement of inverters and TV sets for the PM’s Teachers’ Day speech. It would have been better had the PM promised that every school would have 24X7 electricity and TV sets by next Teachers’ Day.
— Prashant Chandra
Heads must roll
EVEN three months after voters decisively rejected the party in the general election, Congressmen’s public displays of angst over A.K. Antony’s inner-party probe have not stopped. Though Antony’s report is not public, it is understood that the Gandhi family has been absolved of any responsibility for the poll disaster. The family may well be the glue that holds the party together, but that is no reason to ignore the need for closure and for responsibility to be apportioned.
— C. Koshy John