Don’t do anything that hurts judiciary

The article, Disrespect to courts: the trend can harm the judiciary (Aug 21) is timely. Such acts will not only be harmful to the judiciary but will shake the citadel of democracy.

Courts are entrusted with the noble and arduous task of doing justice between the warring parties. Both parties can never be happy with the decision given by the court, implying that one of the parties (the losing side) is bitter and angry. Should such party show disrespect, that too, by hurling abuses etc? Unfortunately, such extreme cases are rare and whenever they occur, need to be condemned.

While rulings cannot please both parties, giving a decision is a vital part of judicial function. There is another and important reason that causes heartburn and anger. Tarikh pe tarikh aptly describes the serious situation. Courts can certainly take concrete steps in this direction and authorities concerned with administration of justice should ensure that justice, if not speedy, should not be tardy. The sanctioned strength of judicial officers should be made available to the courts.

I fully agree with the writer that showing disrespect to courts can never be justified. In fact, it should not been encouraged by anyone.

B. S. BHATIA, Advocate, Chandigarh


Regulate parties

In his article, Polity under strain: Making political parties accountable (Sept 14), V. Eshwar Anand has given a factual position of electoral reforms in the country. Surprisingly, there are 909 political parties and none is bothered to maintain discipline and follow the Election Commission’s guidelines regarding organisational elections and auditing of party funds, donations and contributions received during the year.

In the absence of a comprehensive legislation, those with criminal antecedents continue to contest elections, become MLAs, MPs and ministers. When criminals hold the levers of power at the Centre and in the states, one can imagine their deleterious effect on the system and the polity.

Unfortunately, the Centre, too, is sleeping on the recommendations of the Election Commission, the Law Commission and the National Commission to Review the Working of Constitution. The Manmohan Singh government has had its share of worries about its stability. It cannot afford to take bold decisions and displease its allies. The Supreme Court and the Election Commission should find a way out to improve and regulate the working of the political parties and, above all, the electoral system.

O. P. GARG, Patiala


The writer exposed the hollowness of our political system in his article. He has cited many lucanae in the electorate system which are required to be set right.

Every party would welcome a criminal as a candidate to win a seat by terrorising the voters. Though such persons became ministers at the Centre and in the states, it does not stir the conscience of the prime minister or the chief ministers as their survival hinges on their support.

The Representation of People Act says that if a person is found to be a voter at two places, he can be jailed for one year. But lakhs of such people flout the rule with impunity. We have not heard of anyone being jailed on this ground.

Our political system has completely failed and there is functioning anarchy. The Supreme Court and the Election Commission can do something if they act bold. Otherwise, nothing better can be expected from our so-called leaders.

Major NARINDER SINGH JALLO, Mohali (retd)

Of Ahluwalia and Walia

I read the editorial, Caste matters (Sept 19). I would like to touch upon another matter regarding caste. A peculiar phenomenon has come into being regarding ‘Ahluwalias’. Many of them have started writing ‘Walia’ instead of ‘Ahluwalia’. This is absurd.

Either one should not write the caste or write it in full form. After all, caste is not like a loaf of bread which can be sliced off. Give it the respect it deserves. Ahluwalias especially!




No end to octroi

Octroi has been abolished in Punjab long back. The Punjab government has stated this umpteen times. The then Congress government has tom-tomed about it as a major achievement. The Akali-BJP government has not re-introduced it.

However, consumers of the PSEB continue to be charged octroi cess in their electricity bills. This implies that either the PSEB authorities are not bothered about the government’s pronouncements or the notification on octroi abolition is lost in transit. The government or the PSEB should please clarify the actual position.


Onus on parents

Punjab is progressing well in the management of macro economy, infrastructure development in agriculture sector, and the like. But in academics, it is not progressing much.

Consider the results of Eight and Tenth class examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board. While students from educated families are doing well, those of small towns and villages did not perform well.

Educational institutions, teachers and principals should work hard to improve the standards of poor and weak students through coaching and extra classes. Parents should also co-operate with teachers for better results of their wards.

M. L. SINHA, Banga (Nawanshahr)

Taken for a ride

The India Today Group may have adjudged Goa as the best amongst India’s small states as regards health care facilities, but the ground reality is different. The Goa Medical College Hospital is in doldrums. It has no bed-sheets and other essential things and the Trauma ward itself in a traumatising state.

The Ribandar Health Centre on the outskirts of Panaji, Goa’s capital, has no basic health care facilities. It doesn’t have even a thermometer! There is no water supply and no toilet. The only medical equipment doctors have are a stethoscope and blood pressure apparatus. These hospitals are classic examples of how the people are taken for a ride.




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