Politicians must improve their behaviour 

I refer to the report ( Dec 10) that Speaker Somnath Chatterjee is worried why the judiciary interferes with the decisions of Parliament and state assemblies. 

The judiciary consists of legally educated people, who always consider delivering justice to the people and the country as their fundamental duty and are in no way worried about politics.  Besides judges’ job is not limited to any particular period. They may have to deliver justice even after retirement. That is why they pay more attention to honesty and reputation.  They even go to the extent of asking the government for a clarification if they find any bad action through media reports. 

As regards politicians, they have a limited period to rule and during this period their main interest appears to be to amass wealth and properties and help their kin to establish themselves in power.

Besides this, most of them are uneducated and uncultured law-makers. Politicians should improve their behaviour instead of blaming the judiciary.

B. S. GANESH, Bangalore 


Taxpayers’ money

Politicians, please have mercy on us. Don’t waste taxpayers’ money on ads and rallies. Spend it on the poor and the causes like female foeticide, illiteracy and inequality. Please don’t waste national wealth.

B.B GOYAL, Samrala


Global Goans

With Goa recovering from the IFFI hangover, we will soon have yet another State-sponsored fiesta. A three-day Global Goans Convention is scheduled from January 3 to 5. This, like the IFFI, seems to be another annual ritual, which the taxpayers have to bear.

Every one knows the issues of concern to the Goans overseas. There is no need to hold these annual conclaves, which anyway are not attended by many non-resident Goans.

There have been so many International Goan Conventions that have deliberated issues concerning Goa and related to non-resident Goans. What we need is some action on the part of the government to redress the concerns and demands of the Goans living abroad.

The current very high levels of corruption in Goa is something every non-resident Goan detests. So, a war on corruption by the Government of Goa could be the starting point in bringing Goa closer to every non-resident Goan.



Save the child

Unfortunately, even after 58 years of Independence over 1.5 million new born babies die within a month due to lack of proper health care. About 70 per cent deaths occur in rural areas.

Every year, 26 million infants are born in India, but 1-2 million babies die after developing minor health problems. These deaths could be prevented by simple measures. Doctors and nurses should be trained to develop skills to take adequate care of children at birth.

Corporate houses too should do the needful in this regard. They should supplement the government’s efforts to check the infant mortality rate.

Dr NARESH RAJ, Patiala


Manjunath Award

The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust (MST) has instituted the Manjunath Shanmugam Integrity Award to honor and encourage person(s) or institution(s) who are working to uphold the values of truth and honesty in Indian public life.

The MST is looking at deserving candidates who have worked to rectify corrupt practices in government, public or corporate life. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation.

Manjunath Shanmugam, an IIML alumnus and an IOCL Sales Manager, was murdered on Nov 19, 2005 at Lakhimpur Khiri (UP). He refused bribes and ignored threats to fight oil adulteration. A petrol pump owner and seven others are 
accused of the murder.

A distinguished panel from the corporate sector and public life will assess the nominations. For details and nomination, see www.manjunathshanmugamtrust.org or write to MST Awards, C/o Alumni Cell, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road, Lucknow – 226013 (Fax: 022-66459772). The last date for receiving nominations is January 7, 2007.

H. JAISHANKAR, Trustee, Manjunath Shanmugam Trust

Poverty alleviation

The Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)
is going to set up the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Rural Technology, aimed at serving as a national resource base on rural technologies.

It’s really an excellent move by CAPART and is definitely going to benefit the rural areas. Still around 60 per cent of the Indian population lives in the rural areas. Development has benefited only the cities and towns. The villages are still far away from development.

The institute will be a centre where one can network with all the institutions that are working individually or in research areas on rural technologies, and pool the information. It will have a digital library, provide networking, research and documentation services and have a knowledge portal.
The government must help the council and improve the condition in the rural areas. After all, the development of the country finally depends on the growth of its villages.




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