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Cases with political overtones

Fali S Nariman’s suggestion in his articulate article, “Polls: It is wiser for judges to defer cases with political overtones” (April 29) is apt. While the model code of conduct is meant to desist the government from announcing populist public welfare measures, it would be equally appropriate to defer controversial political cases. To provide a level playing field to all political parties is the responsibility of the state and all its organs.

In the absence of authentic and genuine issues, many political parties look for counterproductive issues. However, the answer to Mr Nariman’s question— “Are judges playing politics?”— is debatable. Nobody is infallible. Judges are not only expected to be above board and above parties, they must also appear to be so.

Major BALDEV SINGH, Ambala Cantt

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Nobody could have rendered a better suggestion than that given by reputed jurist Nariman. To my mind, no judge of the apex court can ever take a decision detrimental to the interest of the nation. However, the recent functioning of the CBI has clearly made the voters suspicious that the CBI is helping the ruling party by functioning in a partisan manner.

To avoid such aspersions being cast on the judiciary and to uphold its image, the golden advice of Mr Nariman should be given a serious consideration. In different ways, judges, journalists and soldiers are supposed to work for nation’s welfare.


Swiss accounts

The illegal money lying in Swiss banks is a vital issue. This is a matter of national interest. Unfortunately, the present government has done precious little to bring back the money. According to an estimate, lakhs of crores of rupees have been stashed in Swiss banks.

The money can be used to remove poverty and unemployment. India can become a leading nation in the world by using this money properly. The money must be brought back as soon as possible and must be declared as the nation’s property. Stern laws should be enacted to stop the illegal outflow of money.

MRIDUL DHINGRA, Naraingarh, Ambala

Provide jobs first

The Punjab Government must defer the recommendation of the Punjab Pay Commission to increase the retirement age of Punjab government employees from 58 to 60 years. The decision must not be implemented at least till the global recession is over. It is the moral and fundamental obligation of the state government to provide employment to the youth. The proposed move will hamper the job prospects of lakhs of qualified youngsters.

 G S VIRK, Bathinda


In the backdrop of economic recession and dearth of job opportunities for the common man, the people of Punjab will never welcome the move of increasing the retirement age of government employees to 60 years. This will curtail genuine chances of young and talented people to serve in the government sector that may in turn give rise to resentment and protest among youth.



I strongly appeal to the Government of Punjab not to give their nod for enhancement in the retirement age of the state government employees. The government needs to ensure the welfare of the public and the youth. I am of the opinion that increase in the retirement age of government employees will impinge upon the future of youth. The government must strengthen its employment bureau, identify unemployed people and provide them appropriate jobs.



For several years, the Punjab Government has made no recruitments. Thus many young people have been deprived of their legitimate right to employment. On the top of it, comes the recommendation that the government should increase the retirement age of existing government employees without realising the fallout of the proposed move. The government is trying the patience of the youth.


Deprived children

The death of Shanno Khan allegedly due to corporal punishment was shocking and depressing. Teachers forget that the living conditions of unprivileged children are not conducive for studies. Often girls hailing from a poor background are sent to school because of mid-day meals alone. In their homes they rarely find time to study.

Can the schools reschedule timetable and allow one period for homework in the school itself? This move would be beneficial for both students and teachers.


Unfair to Dr Binayak Sen

The article “Doctor in jail” (May 1) by Kuldip Nayar was a strong effort to show ground realities while narrating the story of Dr Binayak Sen. It revealed the dangerously thin ice India’s democratic rights tread upon. I strongly feel that Dr Binayak is a person who has transcended the role of a doctor. A doctor should eschew violence both by the state and revolutionary groups and when a doctor witnesses infringement of civil liberties, it is his responsibility to speak up.

In India arresting, harassing or victimising civil and democratic rights activists is nothing new. The state often attacks those who question its authority and dare to expose the truth behind fake encounters and human rights violations.

Dr Sen’s untiring work in documenting the atrocities and violations committed by the state forces may have earned him the ire of the police but his commitment has earned him Global Health Council’s Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights, a first for any Indian.

Mr Nayar has exposed the hypocrisy of the BJP that is crying hoarse about India losing its soul, morals and values and yet in a state ruled by its party, it is denying the basic right to health to a human rights activist and a doctor.




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