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Corruption: Catch the big fish

The malaise of corruption (editorial, “Throw out rotten apples”, Sep 15) has spread deep in every sphere of governance. Of course, the rot starts from the top and the sad part is that the bigwigs get away even after getting caught. Invariably, only persons who do not have political clout are punished and the big fish manage to escape.

The views expressed by the Chief Justice of India to ensure booking of the delinquent officers and their early conviction and punishment are welcome. There is an urgent need to review Article 311 for summarily dismissing corrupt officers. Every case involving politicians should be carried to a logical end.

The corrupt need to be hauled up at the earliest and given appropriate punishment so as to instil confidence in the public. Administrative and judicial procedures too need to be changed.

Brig H S SANDHU (retd),Panchkula


As there is virtually no fear of punishment among the corrupt, indeed it is not the quantum but certainty of punishment that can be an effective deterrent. Rampant corruption has polluted every realm of life in India. Some say it is a world phenomenon while others accept it as a way of life.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rightly said that corruption spreads from the top. Big sharks have stashed money in Swiss banks while several have benami properties worth hundreds of crores of rupees. Those who are supposed to eradicate corruption run the administration.

The government is neither willing nor capable of tackling it. The media and public can play a key role in stemming the rot.


Right track

It is time India stopped looking at itself from another country’s point of view. Instead, it should take firm action. Things are on the right track. Overhaul of the education system and austerity measures are steps in the right direction.


Investigate charges

The editorial, “Drop Justice Dinakaran”(Sep 16) was apt. Judges, especially in the higher judiciary, can win over people’s trust only if their conduct is above board. Eminent jurists like Mr Fali S. Nariman, Mr Anil Divan, Mr Ram Jethmalani and Mr Shanti Bhushan have done a yeoman’s service by urging the President, the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India to institute an enquiry into allegations against Justice Dinakaran.

Action should be initiated to investigate serious charges of corruption against Justice Dinakaran without further delay. Since his image seems to be under cloud, he should not be elevated to the Supreme Court till a comprehensive investigation is carried out.


Flippant remarks

Those who have risen in defence of the Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, for his irresponsible remarks that have embarrassed the political party he belongs to, in the name of good humour, must realise that he holds an important position in the Government of India.

As an MP of the Congress he has no right to ridicule its policies. The most honourable course left for him now is to resign from his post and the party and feel free to twitter. Lately, he has made several remarks which were flippant and do not behove his position.



The recent dubbing of travel by economy class as “cattle class” by Mr Shashi Taroor is highly objectionable and shocking. It was nothing but a veiled attack on the Centre’s austerity drive. His remarks smack of myopic vision, audacity and defiance.

Hence, he deserves a strong warning and a severe dressing down which would serve as a deterrent.

O P COUSHIK, Kurukshetra

Medical negligence

Doctors treat patients (article, “Death by negligence” by V Eshwar Anand, Sep 2) in a casual way. Only VIP patients are administered treatment with caution. The apex court gives divergent judgements.

The Indian Medical Council does not decide complaints against doctors. My complaint of July 2008 is still pending. There is little doubt that medicare is only for the VIPs and the rich people. The common man invariably suffers due to medical negligence and the apathy of doctors.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana

Incentives for rural postings

It is heartening to know about the reforms being initiated by the government (news report, “PG made easy for docs in rural service” by Aditi Tandon, Sep 18).

Incentives like extra weightage in postgraduate entrance test will encourage doctors to serve in rural areas.

Besides, increased emoluments for doctors in rural service could counter corruption, commercialisation and monopolisation of health services. However, the change in the medical teacher-pupil ratio from 1:1 to 1:2 should be reconsidered as the quality of medical specialists is more important than numbers.

Dr RAJNI SHARMA,Jalandhar City 

Power hike

The recent power hike in Punjab is unjust. Free electricity can be given to farmers only if it is in abundance. As it is, industry in Punjab is paying a heavy price for the power crisis.

Punjab’s economy will grow only when both industry and agriculture develop simultaneously. Besides, the state needs to tackle problems like illiteracy, unemployment, child labour and nepotism.




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