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A lawyer appointed to defend Ajmal Amir Kasab shouldn’t have his or her patriotism,etc called into question. S/he is only discharging a professional duty.....

April 6, 2009 12:47:41 am

The Shiv Sena should know that defending a criminal or terrorist in court is not tantamount to acquitting him (‘Sena attack…’,IE,March 31). A lawyer appointed to defend Ajmal Amir Kasab shouldn’t have his or her patriotism,etc called into question. S/he is only discharging a professional duty. Besides,under the rule of law,an accused is presumed innocent (no matter how absurd that sounds in Kasab’s case) till proved guilty. A case has to be argued and won one way or the other,and only in court. What’s more,Kasab’s trial is only likely to expose Pakistan all the more. As a liberal democracy,with constitutionally guaranteed rights,we have the right to punish Kasab if the court decides,but we can’t deny him a trial.

— Bidyut K. Chatterjee


Sharp rise

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Varun Gandhi must be congratulated for attaining such publicity in such a short span of time. His 28 years didn’t have much to catapult him to fame (or infamy) till the Pilibhit hate speech. But one feels nevertheless that the media needn’t have given him so much space and played down the arrest saga that began after the speech episode. The BJP would

be making a mistake if it projects Varun as a prominent party face.

— Neha Paul Patiala

US,sans choice

Shakespeare’s “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” eloquently describes the G-20 summit (‘Global gloom gets…’,IE,April 3). It was truly a turning point in history when developed and developing nations sat across the table. However,US President Barack Obama set the tone wrong when he said that the US does not intend to act alone and will not. It can’t. Given the liquidity crunch and its debt to China,the US has no choice.

— Ashwani Sharma


External assessment

Is there a need to question the Centre and the RBI’s decision over the Financial Sector Assessment Programme (‘By and for the RBI’,IE,April 1)? Since there has been no issue over the regulation,monitoring and executing of fiscal and monetary policies in India,there is no need for international regulation. But,given the economic crisis,it would have been in better taste if a third party conducted assessments. 

— Bellur S. Dattatri


Shooting ideas

This refers to ‘I shot the skipper’ (IE,April 2). Australian coaches like Greg Chappell and John Buchanan can’t stay off bizarre experiments. Was Buchanan being serious when he talked about multiple skippers for the Kolkata Knight Riders? I agree with the writer that Buchanan meant it as an insult to Sourav Ganguly. After all,several cricket experts have dismissed the idea of multiple skippers fro the same squad. As for Ganguly,he should have resigned on moral grounds and let Buchanan persist in his experiments.

— Deepak Chikramane


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