October 17, 2015 12:14:16 am
Apropos the article ‘Muslim can live in this country but they will have to give up eating beef, says Haryana CM’ (October 16), such mindless assertions by Manohar Lal Khattar, who also happens to be very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaks volume about the ongoing rat-race among various top leaders of the BJP to speak out of turn and, in the process, repeatedly commit self-goals for their own party’s government at the Centre. One really wonders as to why the PM does not bother to keep all his open mouthed horses inside the party’s stable. This statement of Haryana CM may provide yet another god-gifted opportunity to the united opposition to once again put the government in the dock.
Kumar Gupt, Panchkula
While the battle for Bihar continues, the fate of Mulayam Singh Yadav is becoming worse as he falls off the secular radar. The grand alliance of parties (in Bihar) consider him hand-in-glove with Narendra Modi. This charge further buttresses the allegations that Mulayam had walked out of the grand alliance ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections with the objective of making things easy for the BJP in a tight contest. The battle lines are clearly drawn.
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Stick to basics
The executive, the judiciary and Parliament are the three pillars of democracy. Each wing is created to be free, fair and transparent to deliver good governance to the people at large. But politicians desire control over the judiciary. The National Judicial Appointments Commission would have been likely to curb the independence of the judiciary with regard to the appointment of judges. Two decades ago the judges were appointed by the collegium method. This worked well. The new system is likely to demoralise the judiciary. Hence the judgement of the Supreme Court, striking down the creation of NJAC as unconstitutional, is a welcome one. Politicians are elected only to govern, not to appoint judges. Also, the other independent institutions, like the Election Commission and the CBI, should be made independent. Independence of the judiciary is part of the basic structure of the Constitution.
N. R. Ramachandran, Chennai
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