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Letters to the editor: Strange laws

Why can’t these dignitaries cooperate in probing the controversy around the chopper deal? Of what use is the RTI if such immunity is available to chosen dignitaries?

Published: May 26, 2014 12:04:20 am

This refers to the report, ‘SG says Governors can’t be questioned, CBI differs’ (IE, May 23). That the solicitor general cautioned the CBI against questioning the governors of Goa and West Bengal reveals much about our legal system, which affords protection to those in high places. Why can’t these dignitaries cooperate in probing the controversy around the chopper deal? Of what use is the RTI if such immunity is available to chosen dignitaries? It only gives credence to the common belief that some are more equal than others and the law does not treat everyone the same way.
Ashok K. Ashu
Patiala                               

Say the word
This refers to ‘Speaking like Modi’ by Charulata Ravi Kumar( IE, May 23). Narendra Modi’s oratorical skills have come in handy when reaching out to supporters. A lot of budding politicians and management professionals could take lessons from Modi on how to say the right thing at the right time. Apart from Modi the leader, Modi the public speaker
will be remembered in years to come.
Ganapathi Bhat
Akola

Be my guest
The editorial, ‘A promising gesture’ (IE, May 23) rightly points out that the Narendra Modi government, having secured an absolute majority, has the self-assurance to engage with neighbouring countries. It is not bound by protocol or precedent when it invites the leaders of these countries to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. This is the first welcome step to mend ties with neighbours, who have been cynical about India’s motives. In spite of being a newbie in external affairs, Modi seems to be deft at diplomacy. The next step should be to promote better relations through a free exchange of ideas on contentious issues. India must not play the part of big brother in the region.
Parthasarathy Sen
New Delhi

The blame game
The Congress seems to be caught in a downward spiral (‘The morning after’, IE, May 21). It is with dismay that one sees the same old script unfolding at the CWC: Sonia and Rahul Gandhi offer to resign, the party rejects the offer and the duo acquiesce. There is talk of “revamping” the party and “accountability”. Then the blame game starts — blame it on party functionaries, blame it on Congress-led state governments, blame it on the “communication” strategy, blame it on your failure to project your “achievements”, blame it on the dust and din created by the BJP. At all costs, do not blame it on blame on the Gandhis. Meanwhile, former prime minister Manmohan Singh takes the blame one last time. All of the above constitute “clear headed and fresh thinking” by the Congress.
Zenobia Panthaki
Virginia, US

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