SC ruling a strong deterrent

In an era where money and muscle power are calling the shots, the Supreme Court’s timely ruling of a month’s imprisonment for Maharashtra Transport Minister Surupsinh Naik and Additional Chief Secretary Ashok Khote for contempt of court should act as a deterrent.

It is a warning to those politicians and officials who have the audacity to disregard the orders of the judiciary, an important and indispensable
pillar of our Constitution.
Politicians should realise that their position and social status does not give them the right to interfere with the administration of justice by willful
disobedience of the court directives.
In the current Pratapsinh Rane’s government in Goa, we have a
minister or two who are laws onto themselves. This does not augur well for Goa and needs to be checked.
The bureaucrats also have to act with caution. They must demonstrate their courage by upholding the rule of law. They have an obligation to the tax-payer and should not keep dancing to the fancies of their political bosses.


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Budhia: the issue in question

All our do-gooders in utter contempt of even the High Court ruling forbidding coercive tests on Budhia have gone so far and would go further if the media does not pen them down. It is a shame that CRPF boys having wonderfully bucked up the kid throughout the marathon are being harassed. The judo instructor’s philanthropy and humanity deserves to be rewarded.

Will these “holy souls” go around the country or at least Orissa and try to find out who bought Budhia for Rs 800? Was it legal, moral and ethical? Will they try to find out other Budhias being sold and bought freely? Budhia’s health and life seems to be well taken care of, let these hypocrites take care of all other kids like him or at least keep mum.

Thank God our press and democracy do not need Moray or Guru Greg’s permission to survive. I am reminded of an instance where a teacher asking for truth about the findings of a sexual harassment committee was accused of indiscipline. Why can Budhia not run and Sehwag praise Ganguly? India has the right to know.



Synthetic milk

This has reference to the news-item regarding unearthing of synthetic milk in a big factory in Sangrur district (May 9). It is strange that though poisonous milk was manufactured and supplied in tankers to the tune of 12,000 litres daily to the milk plant, neither the police nor the health officials could detect it.

Moreover, the fact that synthetic milk was accepted by the milk plant without any check gives credence to the connivance of various government agencies. Spurious medicines are being sold with the help of those who exercise control over it. The government must amend laws and give strictest punishment to these enemies of society.


Vadodara riots

Till the Centre intervened, Gujarat 2006 was not looking much different from Gujarat 2002. Apparently, mobs were allowed to cause mayhem. In 2002, the Godhra carnage and the riots that followed killed many people.

Now again people from both communities have become victims to mob violence in Vadodara. Mr Narendra Modi has proved to be an incompetent Chief Minister who cannot ensure law and order. He has divided Gujarat on religious lines. What a pity!


Helpful scheme

The ECHS is primarily intended to provide medical treatment to the ex-servicemen and their families. Initially, a nominal fee was to be deposited in cash for registration. The ECHS has contributed a lot since its introduction.

A commendable example is the experiment in the Yol Cantonment where hundreds of ex-servicemen and their families get treated everyday. As a retired soldier in late eighties, I appeal to brother soldiers to avail themselves of this facility to get rid of the undue harassment in government and private hospitals with hefty medical bills.

I thank the present Chief of Army Staff General J.J. Singh for having launched this scheme for the benefit of the ex-servicemen and their families.

Maj SARD SINGH PARMAR (retd), Yol Cantonment (Kangra)

Defective ATM

The SBI ATM machine at Dharamsala is not functioning properly. It takes a long time to process the card and is thus wasting our time. There is no one to rectify the machine. Though Dharamsala is an important place of Himachal Pradesh, there is only one SBI ATM in this district.

People holding SBI ATM cards have to rush in an emergency but there is no scope of withdrawing cash during off hours except through ATM. The authorities should look into the matter urgently.


Jat heroes’ torture

As the death anniversary of Lt. Saurabh Kalia of 4 Jat Regiment is fast approaching, I am reminded of the Kargil conflict and death of 4 Jat’s 
men in captivity. Pakistan violated international law by torturing the soldiers.

In 1982-83, my father took me to a mountain near the Poonch border. He showed me the water fountain from where he rescued a bullet-ridden Colonel of the Pakistan Army while my father was participating in the 1971 war (cactus lilly) as part of the HQ 33 Infantry Brigade.

He told me that they brought back the Pakistani officer to the unit base and treated him. After a few days, he even had dinner with the Indian General, but died of bullet wounds in his head. The Indian Army treated the officer well.

BALJIT SINGH GHUMAN, Brampton (Canada)

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