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The prime minister should enact the police bill drafted by the Soli Sorabjee committee for the Union territories at least.

December 1, 2014 12:03:51 am

This refers to Maja Daruwala’s ‘Force to service’ (IE, November 26). The writer has made some critical but correct and appropriate observations about the functioning of the Indian police. She has rightly emphasised the need for reforms. Many problems bedevil the Indian police and alienate it from the public. There is a near total absence of human rights awareness in the police. Its failure to treat common people with elementary courtesy is compounded by inefficiency and corruption. Poor representation of women (except in Tamil Nadu) is another serious deficiency. Police leaders must not be worried about the establishment, as enjoined by the Supreme Court, of a “police complaints authority”, which will establish civilian oversight over the police and enhance its credibility. However, no meaningful change can take place unless the police is insulated from extraneous pressure and influence. Constant interference by political bosses in transfers, postings and investigations has made it impossible for upright officers to function impartially and effectively. At present, their political masters are trying to scuttle the reforms directed by the Supreme Court. The prime minister should enact the police bill drafted by the Soli Sorabjee committee for the Union territories at least. This would be a leap forward.
— Sankar Sen

Disband SAARC

SAARC must be disbanded. It is a waste of money and time. It is just another way for our leaders and bureaucrats to enjoy themselves in foreign locations. It is a forum for India-Pakistan one-upmanship. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clearly does not want the development of his country or his people. Otherwise, he would have been more cooperative, signed more agreements.
— S.M. Veranani

The 18th Saarc summit was a mixed bag for South Asia. But despite the headline-grabbing posturing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the summit was salvaged by a few positive and progressive steps — the signing of agreements and the assurance that pending ones would be completed soon. All told, the summit should be viewed as part of the new government’s journey towards reshaping and enhancing the potential of South Asia.
— Aatish Sharma

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Sanskrit all the way
Hindi and Sanskrit are nowhere to be found in the curriculum of German schools. Mandarin rules the roost in the foreign-language category. Spanish is also becoming increasingly popular there. Anyway, it may not be of much use in later life, but Sanskrit is quite popular among Indian students — mainly because it is a subject in which pupils can score well.
— J.S. Acharya

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