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Games: Aiyar’s remarks irresponsible

What a shameful statement from the former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar that he would be “unhappy” if the Commonwealth Games turn out to be a successful event (news report, “Aiyar hopes Games fail!”, July 28).

Mr Aiyar has certainly insulted the sentiments of the people with his irresponsible utterances. It is even more shocking when he says: “Those who are patronising the games can only be evil.” It is, a fact that the entire nation is patronising the Commonwealth Games. So that means the whole nation is evil! Even the Opposition party, the BJP, has said “irresponsible statements should not be made on the issue.”

Mr Aiyar’s opinion on the issue is surely “anti-national” and should be condemned in harsher tones by one and all. Such people do not deserve to continue as people’s representatives. He should be expelled from the Rajya Sabha as well as from his party with immediate effect.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

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The wish of Mani Shankar Aiyar that Commonwealth Games should fail is unfortunate. It is ironic that Mr Aiyar former Sports Minister does not know what Commonwealth Games mean to the prestige of the country. I think he has no right to continue as an MP of the country he speaks ill of.

J R GARG, Chandigarh

Quota needed

The H.P. Subordinate Services Selection Board, Hamirpur, is conducting interviews at present for filling vacant posts of lecturers (school cadre). Sadly, the married daughters and granddaughters of freedom fighters are not being interviewed against the posts reserved for this category. It is discrimination against the fair sex.

If married sons and grandsons of freedom fighters are eligible for the quota reserved for the wards of freedom fighters, why married daughters and granddaughters are not eligible for the same? Should daughters and granddaughters of freedom fighters of Himachal Pradesh remain unmarried to avail themselves of the benefit reserved for the wards of freedom fighters?

More so, today when we are talking about 33 per cent reservations for women in Parliament and State Assemblies.

PARVEEN, Hoshiarpur

Clear the backlog of cases

The mounting arrears of court cases is alarming and cause for concern (editorial, July 20). It rightly stresses the need to speed up the delivery of justice as the movement for clearing the backlog of cases in the past has lost steam midway.

While addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the President of India and the Chief Justice of India had voiced their concern over the huge backlog of cases and suggested how they should be cleared.

A resolution adopted in the Chief Justices’ conference 2009, chaired by the Prime Minister, asked the High Courts to conduct a scientific and rational analysis of the accumulation of arrears and to prepare a roadmap to arrest it by ensuring speedy trial within a reasonable timeframe.

However, nothing concrete has come out and the litigants seem to be resigned to their fate. The Union Law Minister has unveiled a legal reforms process, which would hopefully bring down the arrear of cases from 15 to three years. With the provision of adequate funds, the problems of shortage of manpower and infrastructure constraints being faced by the courts can be resolved.

T. L. SHARMA, Nangal



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