Updated: July 3, 2015 12:00:32 am
Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention, The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to The Indian Express, B-1/B, Sector 10, Noida-UP 201301. Letter writers should mention their postal address and phone number. The winner receives books worth `1,000.
PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative is a laudable endeavour. However, much more needs to be done for it to be a success. Thousands of villages across the country continue to be deprived of internet connectivity — the widening digital gap between country’s urban and rural parts needs to be bridged (‘Need tech push to bridge divide: PM’, IE, July 2). For this, the government needs to pool in resources with private players. The Centre and states should collaborate, as arguing over “rights of way” is a waste of public time and money.
M. Jeyaram, Sholavandan
The prime minister’s silence on the allegations of the Congress about the BJP ministers may be strategic (‘In a corner’, IE, Telescope, July 2). A PM cannot speak about daily accusations when most of them are sourced from the tweets of a disgruntled businessman. Perhaps he is waiting and collecting evidence to silence the Congress once and for all. However, timing is of the essence in politics and a “silent too long” PM could cost the BJP.
Y.G. Chouksey, Pune
The SC has ruled out any kind of mediation in rape cases by stating that the dignity of women is sacrosanct. This would give relief to victims and their families. The culprits, using muscle or money, would often force victims to reach a compromise, and thus escape the law. Instead of giving relief to the culprits, law officers ought to ensure they are adequately punished, because no one has the right to encroach upon the dignity of others.
Arun Goyal, Patiala
This refers to the article ‘Because of the 44th amendment’ (IE, July 2). Every Indian will be relieved by the emphatic assertion of lawyer Shanti Bhushan that the 44th Amendment to the Constitution has practically plugged the possibility of another suspension of important fundamental rights under Articles 19 and 21. Of course, nothing can prevent a despot from annulling the Constitution itself.
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The most shocking detail of Bhushan’s narrative, however, is the fact that four of the five judges on the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court went to the extent of saying that “even if a person was illegally deprived of his life for no reason, there was no legal remedy”.
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