Foul play was suspected in Sunanda Pushkar’s untimely death and now the Delhi Police has registered a case of murder (‘Sunanda death: To send viscera abroad for tests, murder FIR filed’, IE, January 7). However, it’s almost an year since Pushkar died and months since there was a change of government. The circumstances are suspicious. They must be investigated carefully and professionally. The law should be allowed to take its course.
— S.N. Kabra
This refers to the editorial, ‘Don’t get excited’, (IE, January 7). Although the selectors have chosen the best possible players for the World Cup, the team is largely short on experience. Team India, the defending champions, will have to make a determined effort if it hopes to retain trophy. Before the 2007 World Cup, there were high expectations of the Indian team, but they were knocked out in the early rounds. Going by recent performances, things don’t look rosy for this team.
— Devendra Khurana
Reform, not punish
The Punjab and Haryana High Court must be lauded for taking the first step in the direction of prison reform by allowing inmates the right to conjugal visits (‘Prisoners have right to conjugal visits: HC’, IE, January 7). The Indian judicial system is grappling with a huge pendency of cases, which means a large number of undertrials are languishing in prison. Some of them spend more time in prison than a formal sentence would have required them to, if they were convicted at all. Prisons should be treated as reform institutions, not dumping grounds for humanity with abysmal living conditions. The government should realise this and initiate reforms.
— Nivedita Dwivedi
Out of sight
Apropos the editorial, ‘The unseeing gaze’ (IE, January 7), it is a matter of concern that the NDA government will hold the dubious record of having appointed six functionaries as governor of Mizoram in six months. None of our Northeastern states deserves such stepmotherly treatment. The Narendra Modi government had spoken of paying special attention to the Northeast. Is this the way to honour its commitments? Will such mindless action not hurt the sentiments of the people of Mizoram?
— S. Kumar
While the signal sent out by transferring governors to Mizoram is not a healthy one, why read into it the NDA government’s apathy towards the Northeast? It is well known that the governor is a decorative element in the administrative system. How do these transfers affect the development of Mizoram? In fact, it is the apathy of common people, of the electronic media and of popular culture, including Bollywood, that alienates the Northeast the most.
— Makarand Hiralikar