* This refers to SC attacks govt on acid attack cases (IE,July 10). The SCs directive to the government to regulate the sale of acid is interesting. We would all welcome a reduction in crimes against women,and any policy that facilitates that. However,regulating the sale of acid is not going to be a simple matter; we need to look at the cost of regulation,and also seriously evaluate whether regulation will be effective in lowering the number of acid attacks. Acids are used for legitimate purposes by lakhs of people. For example,sulphuric acid is an essential input for making and maintaining batteries. To insist on complicated procedures to get this acid will make the lives of several persons,including small-scale businessmen,quite miserable.
Fooling no one
* This refers to Net worth (IE,July 11). The hullabaloo created by Ashok Gehlot purchasing Facebook likes is highly amusing. In a country where votes are bought with hard cash,buying likes is a minor issue. Frankly,I cant understand what Gehlot wishes to prove. His party colleagues may say that likes can be from any part of the world and that his large number of Turkish fans is just a coincidence; but they arent fooling anyone. Apparently,Gehlots fan base is significantly reduced ever since this controversy broke.
The flip side
* This refers to No easy fixes (IE,July 12). The Supreme Courts efforts to cleanse the political system and reduce the criminalising of politics are appreciated. But there is a flip side too. In an era of frivolous and vexatious litigation,the judgments desirability is doubtful. Filing false cases against political,and other,adversaries is a regular feature of our society. When these facts are combined with the knowledge that there is rampant corruption and ineptitude in our lower judiciary,the unintended consequences of this judgment sink in. The lower judiciarys lack of credibility is also evident from the number of judgments that are overruled by higher courts. The sheer amount of time that cases take to be resolved indicates that this decision needs to be debated before being implemented.
* This refers to By setting unreasonable limits by Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma (IE,July 11). I appreciate the writers analysis of how much the Election Commission spends,comparing it to the prescribed limit and the actual expenditure incurred by candidates. In fact,we should applaud Gopinath Munde for being honest about how much he had to spend,which has led to a much-needed debate on electoral reforms.