Need to educate people about their rights

HK Dua’s article, 9th Schedule route plugged: SC saves the Constitution from politicians (Jan 15) is an eye-opener. According to the Constitution, people are sovereign and supreme. They should not be passive and indifferent to their rights and allow petty politicians and bureaucrats to exploit their sentiments. There are disparities and biases because our people tolerate all constitutional monstrosities because of their ignorance and cynicism. The real remedy is to educate the voters.

In addition to the Supreme Court’s pro-active role, people can safeguard their fundamental rights only if they raise their voice against oppression and exploitation of all kinds. The Tribune is indeed dedicated to this cause of people’s awareness of their rights.

Prof HARI SINGH, Kheri Jhat (Jhajjar)



Unfortunately, every adverse verdict of the Supreme Court is perceived as an act of confrontation with Parliament. The present one is no exception. This misconceived perception of MPs needs to be removed. Presiding officers should play a positive role in this regard. No presiding officer should be seen doing otherwise.

The proposed discussion in the Lok Sabha over the so-called “over-activism” of judiciary will generate avoidable disharmony and should be called off. The judiciary knows its limits and it knows better than any other organ of the state.

Wg-Cdr C.L. SEHGAL (retd),Jalandhar


The Supreme Court has saved the Constitution from the politicians by plugging the Ninth Schedule route through its landmark judgement. Clearly, politicians, cutting across party lines, want the right to protect their vote banks with no questions asked by the judiciary.

Mr Dua has very rightly observed in his article that now the reservation question will turn out to be a test whether there should be a confrontation between Parliament and the judiciary. It is hoped that wiser counsel will prevail among leaders of all political parties.



One wonders what kind of democracy we are living in. We boast of India as the world’s largest democracy. But here everything is on sale. You should be able to know the price. The voter does not know why he votes and the elected representative does not know what he/she should do.

Democracy that does not safeguard the basic interests of an individual is no democracy. People suffer due to poverty, disease, unemployment etc., but people’s representatives are busy collecting money and sending it to foreign banks. The Supreme Court has done well to tell us where do we stand, what are our duties and what we need to do.

KHAZAN SINGH, Kapurthala


The politicians must understand that they don’t have the license to play havoc with the basic tenets of equality and secularism enshrined in our Constitution. The latest ruling will serve as a check in the ongoing tussle between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.

By asserting its power of judicial review, the Supreme Court has done a signal service to the nation. In fact, all the 284 laws placed in the Ninth Schedule must be reviewed for their conformity with fundamental rights and core values of the Constitution.

Brig H.S. SANDHU (retd), Panchkula


The power wielders, if left to exercise untrammeled power without any scrutiny, as is evident from the plethora of laws included in the Ninth Schedule, are likely to encroach upon the citizens’ fundamental rights.

This reminds me of an ancient play in which the heroine Antigone is pitted against the powerful. She, against the King’s orders, tries to give proper burial to her brother. The King, by order, denies burial rites to the dead man because the latter had revolted against the former.

By stealthily trying to bury the dead body, Antigone, in a way, challenges the King on the issue of the citizen’s fundamental rights. The issue is paramount in a democracy.



The judiciary has made it clear that the government and Parliament cannot tinker with the Constitution according to their whim. However, the apex court’s ruling on the Ninth Schedule should not be viewed as a confrontation with the legislature. The court has only done its duty in protecting the Constitution.

I endorse Mr Dua’s views that wiser counsel will prevail among all political parties so that the constitutional scheme is not rocked.



Teaching universal brotherhood

Guru Granth Sahib is the fifth Ved brought to light by Guru Nanak Dev. One must read the story Sach Khand, Janam Sakhi Guru Nanak Dev Jee for a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru incarnate of Guru Nanak Dev, compiled Bani. Initially called pothi, it was kept in Harmandar Sahib. Baba Budha Jee was the first granthi who used to recite Bani. Thus, pothi was called Adhi Granth and, then, Guru Granth Sahib by the tenth Guru Gobind Singh. This should be worshipped by all with reverence at it teaches universal brotherhood.

The SGPC should lay special focus on popularising the life history of Guru Nanak Dev. The life history should be published in all languages and given wide publicity. The present practice of giving a saropa and a piece of cloth to people should be substituted with a copy of Janam Sakhi, wrapped in cloth as a mark of respect.

Lt-Col P.S. SARANG (retd), Chandigarh



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