Updated: August 31, 2015 12:16:36 am
Let The Light In
The UPA government’s best gift to the nation was the Right to Information Act, thanks to which government has become less opaque. It is the strongest weapon in the hands of the people. Now the people are amused that the “na khaunga na khane dunga” government is shunning transparency. It has declared that political parties must not come under the ambit of the RTI as political rivals could misuse it to settle scores. But what about people’s right to know the source of the crores of rupees spent during election campaigns? If political parties enjoy tax benefits and other concessions — like offices in Lutyens’s Delhi — should they not come under the RTI?
B.K. Chatterjee, Faridabad
Next Stop: Jail
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I found many interesting points in Manish Sabharwal’s ‘Because elites opt out’ (August 28). The judgment by Justice Sudhir Agarwal seems to be borne of his frustration about the conditions of government schools. If this judgment is implemented, the condition of schools may improve over the next 10 to 15 years. However, the prospects of the poor children who study in these schools in the interim won’t be great. Also, what if Justice Agarwal’s logic for improving schools is applied to slums and jails? Should the people responsible for their neglect be put there?
Mukhtar Ahmad, Aligarh
I was shocked to read that such a judgment has been passed. Is India a democracy or a dictatorship? Where parents send their child to study is a personal decision. What moral right does a judge have to dictate where I should send my child to school? If this judgment isn’t revised, one would have no choice but to resign and move to the private sector.
Soumyakanti Chakraborty, Visakhapatnam
All About Land
Apropos ‘Gujarat violence result of Modi’s politics of hatred, says Rahul’ (August 28), during Narendra Modi’s term as Gujarat CM, the affluent Patel community was systematically sidelined and alienated. Now, after taking over as PM, his anti-kisan and anti-jawan policies have become clear. He has forgotten his promise of one rank one pension for army men. Many small farmers are Patels and perhaps the Modi government’s attempts to dilute the UPA’s land acquisition law has caused discontent.
S.R. Purandare, Pune
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