No organ must overstep its limits

The editorial “Go by Constitution: Legislature, judiciary must function in tandem” (April 30) examines the Constituent Assembly’s intentions through the doctrine of separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution.

No doubt, as Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee maintained in his address,“No single authority is supreme” (April 28), all the organs are equal because the Constitution does not confer overriding powers to anyone.

The editorial rightly opined that problems arise when one of the organs oversteps its limits. All are supreme within their respective constitutional parameters.

BALDEV SINGH KANG, Advocate, Bassi Pathana



The politician-bureaucrat-criminal nexus is playing havoc with the Constitution. Communalism, casteism, regionalism, black money and populism have vitiated all spheres of life. Justice is slow and expensive. Even some judges dance to the tune of some political leaders as they did during the Emergency in 1975-77. Bureaucrats behave as dictators and people are left in the lurch.

To make the three pillars of the Constitution work successfully, voters must be enlightened about their rights so that they exercise their franchise fearlessly in favour of the right candidates.

Prof HARI SINGH, Kheri Jat (Jhajjar)


India can boast of no convention worth the mention in the 60 years of the Republic. The country is lost in petty squabbles over trifles. Adulation is showered on individuals related to dynasties emerging in the wake of August, 1947.

The entire strength is dissipated to build up cult figures, revolving around individuals. Power and pelf resting on money and criminals work in elections. Every election degrades the politics proportionately.

To check further degeneration, the degraded politics’ prisms need to be abandoned. Politicians should say bye to depraved politics and the limits of power observed and honoured in word and deed.

V.I.K. SHARMA, IAS (retd), Jalandhar


No mercy for pensioners

Things have not yet improved in Ludhiana’s Railway Hospital. The typical attitude of the railway authorities is indeed sickening. The RELHS pensioners, by depositing two months of pension or the last pay drawn with the railways, can avail themselves of free medical treatment. But this is not the case in reality.

Strangely, the railway authorities do not consider investigation as part of treatment. As a result, if one opts for investigation, he will have to visit the railway hospitals at Ferozepur or New Delhi at his own expense. (This has happened to me and my fellow pensioners).

In principle, except during emergency, the authorities do not encourage such visits for investigation. Pensioners will have to get their lipid profile, ECG and other tests at their own cost and no reimbursement can be claimed.

We appeal to the Railway Ministry and the Railway Board to provide free medical investigation and treatment facilities to pensioners at the Ludhiana Railway Hospital itself so that we are not forced to go to Ferozepur or New Delhi hospitals for investigation at our cost.

It is time the Indian Railways provided social security to its pensioners who are also senior citizens. It should emulate the practice that obtains in the West.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana 


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