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Drama in J&K Assembly in bad taste

By submitting his resignation from his post, the J&K Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah, has tried to take a high moral ground. But the subsequent events have raised many questions.

There is no doubt and it is widely believed rightly that the young chief minister is a man of integrity. But the resignation drama has created a different impression. The subsequent response of others too has also not been above board.

Why did the Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, give a clean chit to Mr Omar Abduallah instantly? Why did the CBI show undue haste in clearing his name?

Whether his name figured in the report or not is known only to the powers-that-be. To establish high standards of morality, little time should be wasted in making the CBI report with the names of suspects a public document. Otherwise, there will be loss of credibility.

Dr TIRATH GARG, Ferozepur City


Letters to the Editor

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There is an urgent need to shun baseless levelling of allegations. In fact, the J&K Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah, has shown integrity by resigning from his post over allegations against him in the sex scandal. However, it is time to check the practice of levelling allegations against one and all. Unless proved by a competent court of law, politicians should refrain from accusing each other.

HARPREET SANDHU, Ludhaina

III

The decision of Mr Omar Abdullah to resign from his post seemed an emotional one. But the allegations of involvement in sex scandal against him are quite serious. It is the job of the investigation team to probe the matter. However, the behaviour of the PDP leaders in the J&K Assembly was deplorable.

 NEHA PAUL, Patiala

IV

Mr Omar Abdullah has set a high moral standard by resigning from the post of the Chief Minister of J&K following the PDP’s allegation of his involvement in a 2006 sex scandal. The government must disclose the names of the accused at the earliest so that the people know the truth. Transparency is any day better than opacity in administration. Truth must be out, a lie must be nailed and justice must be done.

R J KHURANA, Bhopal

V

Indian politicians are not exactly known for respecting the rule of law. They prefer street battles to politics based on principles, especially when they are in the opposition. It is futile to expect that power will bring 






Corruption in education

The editorial “Den of corruption – AICTE top brass in CBI net” (July 20) was yet another eye-opener and underlined the corruption and deterioration in India’s premier regulatory body of technical education. The liberal attitude of the AICTE in granting approvals to engineering colleges is playing havoc with the standards of technical education in the country.

How the inspections are carried out is an open secret. Merit invariably takes a back seat and benchmarks are flouted blatantly. It is time the Centre and the state governments put a stop to further commercialisation of higher education. Enough damage has already been done. As an immediate corrective step, the AICTE must stop granting further approvals except to those institutions that are in the pipeline.

I fully endorse the editorial viewpoint of examining the feasibility of winding up bodies like the AICTE and of setting up an independent regulatory authority for higher education as recommended by the National Knowledge Commission and the Yashpal Committee. Only people of integrity and exemplary service record should be at the helm of the proposed body.

JAGDISH KUMAR, Patiala 

 





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