March 5, 2014 12:46:44 am
This refers to ‘Whose Lokpal’ (IE, March 4). If any evidence is needed that the Lokpal act passed by Parliament is a “jokepal” — a phrase coined by Arvind Kejriwal — then one need look no further than the fact that both the former Supreme Court judge, Justice K.T. Thomas, and eminent lawyer Fali Nariman have declined to be part of the Lokpal search committee. The glaring weakness of the legislation and the potential for the government to bulldoze its chosen candidate through has been exposed. Even after candidates are shortlisted by the search committee, the selection committee is under no obligation to restrict itself to that shortlist and can cast aside that list to choose anyone else. How futile.
— H. Satyanarayana
Since the 1960s, several attempts had been made to pass an act of Parliament that would give force to an anti-corruption ombudsman — the Lokpal. Finally in 2013, the Lokpal act was passed by Parliament. But now, after pointing out the futility of the Lokpal search committee, the former Supreme Court judge, Justice K.T. Thomas, has quit as the head of the search panel. This came as a shock to ordinary people. The Lokpal was people’s last hope that corruption could be rooted out. But now its effectiveness has been called into serious question.
— Pravin D. Ingawale
This refers to ‘Outside the patent monopolies’ by Ritu Kamal (IE, March 4). India is certainly a world leader when it comes to manufacturing affordable drugs. This not only benefits people who live in India, but also those around the globe who cannot pay for expensive patented drugs. The anti-retroviral drugs required for the treatment of HIV are good examples of this. On the other hand, it is important that research for new drugs is conducted. The writer presented a good solution to this problem — research and science can be encouraged through attractive prizes.
— Vijay Nirgude
Finally, the truth
This refers to ‘With a hug, Tiwari accepts son Rohit’ (IE, march 4). At a press conference, N.D. Tiwari admitted to being the father of Rohit Shekhar, who for years had been fighting a paternity suit against him in the courts. It turns out that Tiwari, a former governor and chief minister, had been lying for years, wasting the court’s time. His behaviour does not behove a former constitutional functionary.
— R.K. Kaushal
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