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Munnabhai goes to jail

Apropos of your editorial "Munnabhai goes to jail" (Aug 1) you are right in commending Justice P D Kode for neither coming under political pressure nor succumbing to any temptation. He has conveyed to everyone that no one is above the law.

The trial, which saw over 100 people getting convicted, including the death sentence to 10 and life imprisonment to over a dozen, also proved that there is delay, but no injustice in our judicial system.

That is why I feel the judiciary is one of the three pillars of our country, the other two being the armed forces and the CBI.

However, the judiciary has to be revamped and adequately staffed to ensure timely disposal of cases. The common man still dreads going to a court as repeated postponement and a prolonged hearing of the case drains him physically, emotionally and financially.

Col R D Singh, Commandant, 213 Transit Camp, Jammu


 

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Hats off to Justice Kode for not letting any political or social pressure on him while deciding the Sanjay Dutt case. He has been absolutely fair to all the accused and no one can question his sincerity.

The hype created by the media before and after the judgement and round-the-clock live TV coverage was not required.

Sanjay Dutt's fans were hoping against hope that he would go scot-free after the judgement.

The Maharashtra government should take the Srikrishna Commission findings to their logical culmination. The commission's report on the Mumbai riots has been gathering dust for more than a decade. The report has indicted police officials and Shiv Sena leaders.

V K Gupta, Kurukshetra

Badal in a binge

Congratulations on the brilliant editorial on Parkash Singh Badal's reckless extravaganza. It is shameful to indulge in such wasteful expenditure at the cost of a state growing poor by the day, where schools don't even have blackboards, the jobless are on the increase and farmers' suicides are a routine occurrence.

Harwant Singh, New York

II

The tongue-in-cheek editorial “Badal on a binge” made an interesting reading. After going through its contents the only reaction that one can think of is: shame, shame! The editorial ends with an excellent punchline: “Free country, no?”

BALVINDER, Chandigarh

Clean up cities

Lt.-Gen. (retd) Baljit Singh in his article "Innovative thinking can clean up our cities"(July 28) has given an account of innovative ideas applied for cleaning up cities like Sao Polo(Brazil) , Brussels (Belgium) and Paris (France).

Such ideas are replicable anywhere in the world. China has banned the entry of vehicles in cities like Beijing to control carbon emissions and noise pollution as well to decongest the city.

This is the right time that our political leaders show the will to support such ideas, prepare rules and enforce them to clean up our cities.

The general public should also extend support to such ideas. The Sao Polo model can be replicated anywhere.

Alternatively, a new tax called "environment tax" should be introduced and imposed on the users of vehicles within select areas in big cities to dissuade the use of vehicles.

Puran Singh, Nilokheri

Limited options

The article "Limited options" (Aug 1) sagaciously analyses the Pakistani conundrum after the Lal Masjid episode. The article suggests three possible emerging scenarios. One, elections and withdrawal of the Army from politics. Two, imposition of the Emergency. Three, "in-house" replacement of Musharraf by a new Army Chief with fresh promises of restoration of democracy.

While the first course will not work because of its non-acceptance by the Army, the second solution is unlikely to find favour with the international community. Hence, it is the third option which is most likely to materialise.

It has come as a rude shock to Musharraf and the US administration that, despite a heavy loss of life, their combined fight against al Qaida and Taliban has suffered a severe jolt. As confirmed by the National Intelligence Estimate of the US, Pakistan's border with Afghanistan has now turned into a safe haven for al Qaida. This has resulted in an unprecedented uproar against Musharraf.

Peace in the region has been threatened. Musharraf has alienated his people, strengthened Islamic extremists and for all purposes lost his relevance for Pakistan. Nevertheless, it may be curtains for him but not for his legacy!

Brig GOVIND SINGH KHIMTA (Retd), Shimla

Internal assessment

This refers to the news item “Panjab University panel to review the system of internal assessment” (July 28). The decision to constitute a committee by the Panjab University Senate to review internal assessment is a welcome step.

In view of complaints of bias and partiality in assessment, the system needs to be examined. There are cases where marks on account of internal assessment are doled out to the students irrespective of what they deserve, thus defeating its very purpose. Assessment is an exercise in futility if it is unduly inflated.

In the absence of any checks, internal assessment tends to be based on whims of teachers. But then it should not be difficult for the university to stop the abuse of the system .A random inspection by the university of the result registers and the records of internal assessment sent by the colleges would be sufficient to give the right signal to everyone concerned, thus minimising flaws in the implementation of the system.   

R. KASHYAP, Chandigarh


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