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Nanda’s sentence is miscarriage of justice

As always The Tribune (editorial, “Two years for killing six!”, July 21) is in the forefront by flaying the wrong decisions and actions of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. The jail sentence of just two years for Sanjeev Nanda seems to be a miscarriage of justice. Such aberrations are not so uncommon in our judiciary system. Only, this high profile case had become a cause celebre.

It is a common perception that the high and mighty in India can manipulate adverse situations in their favour with their money power and clout. Such real or perceived notions do not bring laurels to the biggest democracy in the world. There is no gainsaying that our justice delivery system moves at a snail’s pace and is beyond the reach of the common man. The government must initiate the long-awaited judicial reforms, without further delay.

HEMA, Langeri, Hoshiarpur


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It is disappointing that the Delhi High Court has commuted the sentence of Sanjeev Nanda, held guilty in the infamous BMW hit-and-run case and also reduced the sentences of his three accomplices who tried to destroy evidence. Now, Nanda will have to spend only a few more months behind bars.

It is hardly surprising that his father has decided not to appeal against the High Court’s verdict. Six innocent lives were lost due to rash and negligent act of an individual. Six families were made to suffer the trauma and agony of the loss. Yet the man responsible is likely to get away rather easily.



The reduction of Sanjeev Nanda’s sentence to two years is a mockery of justice. The editorial has rightly observed: “If culprits like him, because of their clout, are allowed to get away in this manner, it will have deleterious impact on the system and society at large.”


Kashmir tangle

The tips given by Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd) in his article “Hurriyat hand in Shopian” (July 17) are appreciable. Now that militancy has been contained in Kashmir, the political side of the tangle should be addressed. To blunt the cry for “azadi”, the problem should be resolved in the form of autonomy.


Distasteful remark

The offensive remarks of the UP Congress Committee chief, Ms Rita Bahuguna Joshi, against Ms Mayawati is an affront to all women. Rape is a heinous crime. Unfortunately, there was bickering over it. It seems that politicians can do anything to gain mileage. Women should be on the same side on issues that concern them, but Ms Joshi crossed limits of decency.

The Congress strategy in UP has been to go on an all-out offensive against the perceived shortcomings of the BSP government. But to reduce a legitimate political exercise to boorish street-level name-calling and striking at the dignity of women is both unacceptable and unpardonable.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh

Bane of coaching

Of late, coaching institutions have been flourishing and are being run like business houses. Commercialisation of education requires thoughtful consideration.

The managements of educational boards, universities, colleges and schools need to evolve suitable strategies to make regular studies compatible with the format of various entrance tests. Only then the menace of coaching institutes that put an additional burden on students and parents can be tackled.


Need for exams

S S. Johl’s article, “Exams are not an evil” (July 4), was impressive. In fact, the Class X examination suits the specific needs of different states of our country. I fully support the conviction that the state-level education boards must stay for the benefit of rural students. The Centre should not foist its academic will on states as education falls in the Concurrent List and a thorough debate must take place before any national-level education board is created.

So far the state-level boards have delivered despite some ills and flaws plaguing them. Matriculation has been an excellent yardstick to measure the talent of budding scholars in mathematics, science and languages. There will be a complete chaos if state-level education boards are dismantled in haste. Given its pluralistic composition, cultural diversity and regional imbalances, our country needs state-level education boards. Only these boards should be more ably managed.




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