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Letters to the Editor: Landmark treaty

The LBA is crucial for India and Bangladesh. Passing the bill unanimously in the Rajya Sabha was no small feat, given the opposition’s attitude to the Modi government.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: May 11, 2015 12:10:54 am

Apropos the editorial ‘Sushma’s way’ (IE, May 8), the clearance of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) by both Houses of Parliament was a landmark event in recent parliamentary history. The opposition’s praise for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi crossing the floor to greet and thank Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other opposition leaders for passing the bill demonstrated political maturity on both sides.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

The LBA is crucial for India and Bangladesh. Passing the bill unanimously in the Rajya Sabha was no small feat, given the opposition’s attitude to the Modi government. Sushma Swaraj rewrote Dale Carnegie’s How to win friends and influence enemies in a way that rekindles hope for other bills awaiting approval in the Upper House. The government must stoop to conquer, as its performance will not be gauged by what it wanted to do, but by what it did. Walking the middle path may win the day for the government, while unnecessary provocation of the opposition about its failures may create problems for pending bills. To sprint ahead, Modi may have to take a step back.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

Unequal Law?
The suspension of Salman Khan’s sentence by the Bombay High Court, just a couple of days after the sessions court had convicted and sentenced him to five years in prison certainly raises questions about if there is, indeed, equality before the law. Our jails continue to be overcrowded with poor undertrials, a majority of whom are accused of petty offences. Unfortunately, they are not released, pending trial, since they cannot arrange for the requisite money for bail. Courts seldom release such accused on personal bonds. Also, the legal services provided to them are belated and inadequate. Only celebrities, business bigwigs and politicians who can afford top legal aides seem to be the beneficiaries of the benevolent provisions of penal laws.
Hemant Kumar, Ambala

Cleaning Up
In a society plagued by social stigma and discrimination based on caste, BJP MP Tarun Vijay’s attempt to free people from the burden of caste is a step in the right direction (‘A push for the Valmiki, from scavenger to priest’, IE, May 8). All of us, as inhabitants of this society, must respect and treat each other equally. It is also the responsibility of each and every one of us to keep our surroundings clean and not clutter it, thinking of cleaning as only a scavenger’s job.
Anmol Sharma, Navi Mumbai

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