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50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Governor is an asset, not a liability

Apropos of the controversy over the peremptory dismissal of four Governors, there is no valid reason for doing away with the post. When the Constitution was drafted, this post was created with a purpose. The Governor is the constitutional head of the state just as the President at the Centre. So if the Governor is to be done away with, then soon the demand to remove the President's office will also arise.

The Governor exercises immense executive, legislative, financial, and judicial powers. He sends reports to the President regarding the political situation as also the breakdown of constitutional machinery in his state. Being the man on the spot, he takes over the reins of administration when President's rule is imposed. He has the power to withhold bills, or return them for reconsideration. He exercises his discretion in the event of a conflict between the Centre and the State. He is a vital link between the Centre and the state. He is also a great balancing factor.

However, over the years, the office has been grossly misused and politicised for which both the Congress and the BJP are to blame. But should this make the office redundant? A knife is used to cut vegetables. It can also be used to slit a person's throat. Hence the disease is not in the post but the way it is used.

If only eminent and apolitical people known for their integrity, acumen and wisdom and those who have made a positive contribution to the country in any field, are appointed as Governors, then the controversy enmeshing this dignified office will not be there. Political parties must display a sense of political maturity and fairness to prevent the politicisation of this post. A Governor is an asset, not a liability.

Anusha Singh, Student, BA (Hons), Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi

 

 

II

The peremptory dismissal of the Governors of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa came as a rude shock to every law-abiding citizen of the country. As a matter of rule, none of them had completed their five-year term. The four Governors had done no wrong warranting their removal.

Even an ordinary government employee, before termination, is charge-sheeted to prove his innocence. This drastic action of the President is quite undesirable, undemocratic, unwanted, and illegal. It shows that the President danced to the tune of the Congress government.

This should not have happened during the premiership of Dr Manmohan Singh, who is considered a shrewd politician and a man of great wisdom. He is also a staunch nationalist and generally avoids confrontation with the Opposition. Why did he allow this to happen?

GURPARGAT SINGH AULAKH, Kohala (Amritsar)

III

There were many to advise the Governors to resign. But there is none in the ruling United Progressive Alliance to advise the tainted Union Ministers to quit. Not even Mr Clean, our Prime Minister.

RAM SARAN BHATIA, Faridabad

Lessons to learn

The fire in the Kumbakonam school in which 90 students were killed has shocked the whole country. The state governments must realise that spending of 6 per cent GDP an education is quite enough to ensure the safety of children. A school can manage if there is lack of infrastructure, but one cannot compromise lack of safety. The issue in question is not limited to private schools in Tamil Nadu but every such school in the country. Teachers most be trained in anti-fire safety measures. Fire extinguishers should be provided in every school.

V K HEER, Chakmoh, (Hamirpur)

II

We can protect our children at home but what should we do when they study in schools which are so ill-equipped to handle fire incidents? Surprisingly, in the accident in Tamil Nadu, none of the teachers or the office staff perished as they escaped. And those children who did escape had scrambled for safety through a narrow stairway, which incidentally led to a stampede resulting in additional deaths.

Who is at fault here? The school management which did not follow any guidelines while setting up the school. The municipal corporation and the education department too are to be blamed for their failure to enforce the fire safety measures in the school.

RAJEEV KHULLAR, Chandigarh

III

The Kumbakonam tragedy which claimed the lives of 90 innocent school children has brought to light the twin factors of corruption and unaccountability in educational administration. Nothing shall happen to those responsible for sanctioning such building plans and running the school. A commission of inquiry shall be formed to probe the fire. But it would soon be business as usual and no action shall be taken on the report by the corrupt and inefficient officials. This has revived the memories of the Dhabwali fire tragedy and its aftermath.

OM DATT SHARMA, Chandigarh

This road cries for justice

The road between Dera Bassi and Ramgarh (specially near Mubarikpur) has been neglected for the past 10 years. This area falls in the home district of the Punjab Chief Minister. The condition of the road is so bad that anyone using this route to go to Ambala (or to Panchkula from Ambala via Ramgarh), will never do so again.

The condition of the single-lane bridge on the Ghaggar on this route is no different. Keeping in view the length of the bridge, the lane must be doubled. As this is an important road link, the authorities should give special attention to it.

G. S. MANN, Panchkula

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