Valued judgment

These days,a proactive media highlights sensitive issues,pressing for their resolution.

Written by The Indian Express | Published: August 29, 2012 3:41:27 am

Valued judgment

The chief justice of India,S.H. Kapadia,was right to stress that judges should give their verdicts carefully(‘Weighing words’,IE,August 28). These days,a proactive media highlights sensitive issues,pressing for their resolution. Judges ruling on such matters should not bend to popular pressure. The judiciary should aim to live up to the people’s faith in it.— Ganapathi Bhat,Akola

Caste afresh

APROPOS ‘The quicksand of caste’ by Pratap Bhanu Mehta (IE,August 28),the writer’s hope of finding new ways to negotiate divisions based on caste is commendable. I hope this debate inspires people to revisit the sensitive matter of reservations.

— B. Sajjanar


Wrong questions

THIS refers to Manish Tewari’s ‘Why the CAG is wrong’ (IE,August 28). Choosing a policy from the available alternatives and implementing the policy are two different things. While the CAG cannot decide the former,it can examine how policies are implemented,since it has the mandate to “audit all transactions”. The CAG is duty-bound to point out delays in or faulty implementation of government policies. This is precisely what the CAG has done in its report on coal block allocations. Further,the CAG finalises its audit reports only after preparing allowing the government to clarify,explain and question its findings. If questionable findings still

figure in the final report,it is because they were not effectively rebutted by

the government. Tewari’s calling the CAG “quixotic”,is unwarranted.

— Srinivasan Anand G.

New Delhi

The memory remains

IN HIS article,‘Why Modi cannot shake off 2002’ (IE,August 8) Javed Anand seems to indicate that India’s Muslims cannot forget the 2002 Gujarat riots. However,almost all communities have faced violence in post-Independence India. Perhaps the only way to move on is to overcome the traumatic memories. Unfortunately,our politicians and a section of the intelligentsia do not let this happen.

— M.M. Pendse


Known quantities

ACTIVIST and leader of India Against Corruption,Arvind Kejriwal,is probably right when he says that the BJP is as corrupt as the Congress (‘Kiran Bedi sees compulsions of “vote politics” in Arvind Kejriwal stand on BJP’,IE,August 28). But what does the poor Indian voter do? There is no viable third option. Regional parties may try to get together to form one but it is doubtful they will manage to muster the necessary cohesion,especially if each party’s leader covets the post of prime minister. Such a coalition would almost certainly lead to a hung Parliament. Voters are better off choosing from the known players,even if they are corrupt.

— A.M. Limaye


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