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Maintain judiciary’s impartiality

The editorial “Case for impeachment” (Dec 14) has aptly analysed the controversy over the elevation of Justice PD Dinakaran to the apex court. The judiciary in India is passing through a crisis. The integrity and impartiality of the judiciary is facing an acid test. The judiciary has to be above suspicion.

The tedious process of removal of judges was provided only with a view to ensure impartiality. However, the process of induction into the judiciary was not made foolproof. The framers of the Constitution were persons of integrity. They must not have imagined that in six decades there will be a steep downfall in morals, ethics and character of leaders of the nation. In order to maintain integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, politicians will have to rise above party, state and personal interests. Let the impeachment of Justice Dinakaran prove to be a landmark and milestone in the history of the judiciary.

AJYA K JINDAL, Advocate, Ludhiana

Letters to the Editor

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Crumbling frame

No doubt, the steel frame is crumbling since it is a part of our nation, which is rated as one of the most corrupt (article, “Is ‘steel frame’ crumbling?” by Amar Chandel, Dec 8). The other service i.e. the law and order enforcing machinery is also badly affected.

Public elects political leaders independent of their public administration ability. Such leaders are not capable of guiding or supervising the performance of bureaucrats. 

When the government gives best wages to bureaucrats independent of their performance, there is no compulsion for them to perform better. The remedy lies in emulation of the armed forces model of “up or out” promotion policy.

Brig HS GHUMAN(Retd), SAS Nagar


The article was interesting and thought provoking. The UPSC is toying with a proposal to replace preliminary examination with an aptitude test common to all applicants. The Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, should also introduce ethical and moral education in the syllabus.

RIKHI DASS THAKUR, Palbhu, Hamirpur

Corrupt leaders

The Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, has been indicted by the CBI in “cash for jobs” scandal (editorial, “Under cloud”, Dec 12). So the Leader of the Opposition, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, was adamant for his removal. Mr Parkash Singh Badal defended him with the remark that everybody is innocent until proved guilty by a court.

Every political party has corrupt leaders and men with dubious character. Where is the chance for clean politicians with meagre resources to win elections? Anyway, leaders with good qualities are nearly extinct.


Give migrants their due

We should not forget that cities become big and prosperous only because people from nearby and far-off places come to settle there. I share The Tribune’s concern that the Ludhiana incident “comes as a surprise and points to rising social tension in Punjab” (editorial, “Migrant fury”, Dec 7). The Ludhiana police should have listened to the complaint of the migrant workers.

They are the citizens of this country and the state government is expected to protect their life and limb. The 2009 Human Development Report (HRD) reveals, “The overwhelming people who move do so in their own country.”

It is also a fact the heavy concentration of migrant workers from Bihar and UP has given birth to new social relations and some challenges also. The Ludhiana incident is an attempt on their part to look for a respectable social identity.

At the international level, Punjabi immigrants to the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France and Australia have similar tales to narrate. As a nation, we have to moderate the contradictions and conflicts of new social realities in a democratic and balanced manner that involves mutual trust and dialogue also. In this world, we depend on one another for survival.




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