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Amend the impeachment procedures

I fully agree with your observation that the unending and curious saga of Justice P D Dinakaran, accused of acquiring disproportionate wealth and misusing his office, continues to strain the credibility of the judiciary (editorial, “The Dinakaran saga: Transfer of judge is no solution”, April 12).

Rather, the country as a whole is being seen as powerless to deal with an alleged errant judge who is mocking and scoffing at the system. Part of his defiant attitude is because of the feeble and confused approach adopted by the Supreme Court of India. Another reason is our failure to amend the impeachment procedures.

The founding fathers of the Constitution could not have foreseen the degeneration in character that has taken place in the country in every sphere. Regulations dealing with disciplinary action against the Supreme Court and High Court judges need a drastic overhaul. Delaying strict action in this case and dilly-dallying will be suicidal to the nation as the credibility of the judiciary is being eroded.


Winning smile

Vivek Atray’s middle “Winsome smile” (April 7) made one realise that happiness has little to do with wealth. The golgappa man says it all: “My father was really poor, but he taught me to smile.” We should earn money but not at the cost of our happiness.

Although life is full of worries and sorrows yet we should always smile. A smiling face gives happiness to others and is like a rose that spreads sweet fragrance.



The middle was interesting and in fact revealed the secret of a happy life. Happiness is only a state of mind and has little to do with acquisition of worldly wealth and goods. Material wealth is important only up to the extent of fulfilling a person’s basic requirements.

One has to be constantly aware of one’s transitory state of being on this earth, to lead a truly meaningful life. The famous English poet, Oliver Goldsmith has observed in his poem, The Deserted Village: “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates and men decay.”



The middle has given a fine message. Life is full of happiness and sorrows. One should not succumb to troubles. We must learn to face adversity bravely. Implicit in the middle is the message that should inspire those who give up easily and resort to desperate measure like suicide.

JATINDER KOHLI, Jalandhar City


The middle was moving. Rich or poor, we all smile in the same language. Smile enriches those who receive it. Smile is contagious and has the power to win over enemies. It costs nothing. However, its rewards are many. So keep smiling.

 SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia

Back to work

If the parameters for assessing the credibility of a retired employee are fair and reasonable then re-employing a competent person can improve the working of the department (editorial, “On contract: A roundabout way to beat the age”, April 9).

However, unfortunately often this is not so and many dead woods successfully manage to continue in jobs for a long period thus vitiating the whole working atmosphere of the office. Such persons, besides depriving the new entrants, demoralise those who are already in service.


Inculcate civic sense

Civic sense has always been a low priority for Indians. We sit back in our living rooms and criticise the government for poor administration and praise the quality of life in other countries. We compare India with foreign countries and their administration yet do precious little to improve our surroundings. Panchkula is one of the model cities in India with a good layout, lush green parks and beautiful roundabouts.

Yet we would rather break dividers than spend 10 extra seconds. When it comes to throwing garbage we prefer to dump our litter on the corner of a road. When we see stray animals we do not report the matter to the authorities. Instead, we feed the animals.

We waste litres of water in washing our cars and porches. When we see beggars on traffic lights we never report to the police but we give them a coin or two and curse the administration at the same time.

Municipal Corporations in India do not work because we don’t want them to. It is high time people started looking beyond their own nose and participated more actively in keeping their surroundings and cities clean. Let us inculcate civic sense among ourselves.




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