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More than logic

Sorabjee raises a pertinent question. Any purposeful indulgence or reconstruction by judges is always welcome if it secures or protects the rights of the ill-treated....

May 13, 2009 11:53:07 pm

•This refers to Soli J. Sorabjee’s ‘When the Supreme Court rules’ (IE,May 11). Sorabjee raises a pertinent question. Any purposeful indulgence or reconstruction by judges is always welcome if it secures or protects the rights of the ill-treated and vulnerable. Laws should not only be followed in their letter but also pragmatically interpreted and modified so that they can also be applied to social problems wherein conventional laws prove insufficient. The life of the law shouldn’t be only logic but also experience.

— Ravinandan Puri Baroda

Anybody listening?

•The PMO is finalising an action plan for whoever takes charge of the next government (‘Letter to posterity’,IE,May 12). The list contains the unfinished UPA agenda on infrastructure and development as well as key problem areas. However,one remains sceptical about how seriously the next government — even if the UPA returns to power — will regard the PMO’s action plan,given the compulsions of post-poll alliance-cum-government building. One also feels that such a mature transition cannot happen in India as long as our politics remains blatantly corrupt.

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— Prem K. Menon Mumbai

Realising a dream

•The economic downturn may have been bad for the corporate world as a whole,but it seems to be bringing good news to the common man (‘Suburb dreams’,IE,May 8). Soon after the launch of the Nano car,it’s now the turn of low-cost housing like Tata’s small suburban homes in Mumbai and Falcon Realty’s houses in Delhi and the NCR. Such low-cost housing projects are viable and will definitely enable common people to have their own roof over their head. Because of India’s growing urbanisation,more than 30 million affordable homes are needed to cater to the poor. Sadly,such homes haven’t been much in supply. Slowly but surely,these initiatives will likely revolutionise India’s real estate industry.

— Chhavi Golemi New Delhi

Blood and iron

•The Taliban needs to be eliminated not only for the security of life but also for the very survival of Pakistan (‘A new road?’,IE,May 11). The Taliban are culturally uprooted killers with no respect for others’ sensibilities or rights. They are bent on enforcing their obscurantist ideology on the Pakistani nation and,by extension,on the subcontinent. Nevertheless,the birth of the Taliban owes to the Western powers and the Pakistani feudal-military elite and the clergy. Helped once by Pakistan’s blinkered anti-India identity,the Taliban has now imperilled the Pakistani state itself.

— Asad Bin Saif Mumbai

Killing the goose

•The T-20 World cup is just next month. The IPL was thus ill-timed to say the least. Gary Kirsten is absolutely right when he says that our players would be fatigued and this would affect their performance. The IPL could have been scheduled better and later. At this rate,the board will kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

— S.N. Kabra Mumbai

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