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Restore the judiciary’s credibility

P P Rao has aptly analysed the role of collegium in his article “Choosing judges” (Oct 16). The controversies created over the selections show that this system has proved to be a failure. It has been rightly pointed out that there is no country in the world where the power of appointment of judges is being exercised by judges themselves. Moreover, merit should be the sole criterion for appointment of judges. Right now, undue weightage is being given to seniority.

The judiciary is meant to check the abuse of power by the legislature and the executive. In this context, David Pannick’s observation: “Judges are mere mortals but they are asked to perform a function that is truly divine” is most pertinent. Sadly, lack of transparency and accountability in the selection process of judges has affected the judiciary’s credibility. Indeed, a statutory search committee is a good idea.

Persons of high integrity should constitute the committee and it can prepare a panel of selected candidates, three times the number of vacancies to be filled. The credibility of the judiciary, which has come under cloud, cannot be allowed to erode any further.


Training for politics

Time has come when we should train people for politics so that only competent people enter politics. If there is an eligibility criterion for other jobs, then there should be one for politics as well. Universities can start special courses for political training. Only then can we get rid of politicians who don’t deserve to be in the business of ruling the nation.


Chalta hai attitude

If India is not able to complete Commonwealth Games projects in time, it will bring disgrace and humiliation to the country (article, “C’wealth Games: chalta-hai culture delays projects” by Chandra Mohan, Oct 19). While China hosted Olympics successfully, India is struggling to host the Commonwealth Games.  

India must pay full attention to the task in hand, particularly when its reputation is at stake. How can India become a developed nation with the laidback attitude of its politicians and administrators? Nations like Singapore and Malaysia have overtaken India in every sector of development.

Dr SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia

Turmoil in Pakistan

The article “Pakistan in turmoil” (Oct 15) by G Parthasarathy was apt. The Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) struck at the Army Headquarters, killed army personnel, including a Brigadier and Lieutenant Colonel, and held the entire headquarters of the Pakistan Army hostage for around 18 hours. The TTP will follow “tit for tat” for every action of the Pakistan Army against them. Pakistan has been supporting terrorist groups on its own soil to spread terror in India. Now, it is facing the heat of its own actions.


Ban crackers

Diwali celebrations have once again turned sour for many families. Many persons have suffered injuries due to firecrackers. Apart from polluting the atmosphere, crackers often cripple and blind people. It seems we have lost sight of the importance of Diwali, the grand festival of lights? It is time the government imposed a complete ban on the sale of crackers.  

Capt MALVINDER SINGH, Chandigarh

Erring farmers

The news report “Despite ban, farmers burning stubble” (Oct 19) by Geetanjali Gayatri mocked at the laxity of implementation of the law. Lack of action and indifference on the part of the officials concerned encourage the erring farmers. Strict action will send the right signal to those who flout the ban. The plea of the farmers that by burning paddy residue they save precious time for sowing the next crop is not justified.

Capt S K DATTA, Abohar

Dowry Act misuse

Help line for victims of Dowry Act misuse is an appreciable move and will provide succour to many victims. Many people suffer on account of the misuse and over use of the Dowry Act.


IIMs’ foreign wings

The recent decision of the government to allow IIMs to spread out their wings and set up campuses abroad is appreciable. It remains to be seen if the IIMs can manage dual responsibilities. Nevertheless, India is proud to have such centres of excellence.

A R K PILLAI, Mumbai

Punish rapists

Rape is indeed one of the most heinous crimes (editorial, “Rape and punishment”, Oct 19) committed against women. It is the worst assault on the fair sex. Not only does the act of rape physically violate the human body, it also shatters the victim psychologically leading to mental disorders, depression and often suicide.

Worse still, sections of society as well as the law enforcing machinery cast aspersions on the character of the victim. If our society wants to be recognised as a civilised one, then it should sincerely adopt concrete measures to put an end to the ghastly menace of rape.

Rapists should be given stringent punishment like life sentence. In some cases the law should not hesitate to award capital punishment to the culprits.




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