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Corruption: Cong must introspect

When the UPA government at the Centre is enmeshed in the web of scams in quick succession to the bewilderment of the masses, it takes respite in the loud rhetoric like the five-point programme, one amongst which to take the corruption head-on.

The Congress ruled the country for the most of the period since independence and the root cause of this rot is the Congress itself. It is only due to malpractices and bungling that billions of dollars of Indian money are stashed away in Swiss banks. If it has the courage, then, why cannot it bring that money back to India for investing in useful ventures? The Union Government should act fast on this.

The article Web of corruption (Sunday Oped, Jan 16) by G.P. Joshi and Maja Daruwala had drawn a correct picture of how the CBI has become toothless because the government, for obvious reasons, does not accord sanction to prosecute the corrupt. In free India, real patriotism lies in meaningful governance to rid it of the stigma of corruption.



I am deeply disturbed over the fact that every institution in the country is riddled with corruption. Even the judiciary is not free of this menace. It is indeed the most trusted institution. As the dispenser of justice and defender of human rights, it has been held in high esteem.

Unfortunately, however, it has of late lost its old status; it is beset with rottenness. A nation is doomed if the people lose faith in those who govern them and in those whose duty is to ensure them justice.

Admittedly, the selection of judges from among the practising lawyers demands serious rethinking. Let there be no lobbying, monoeuvering and pressure from self-seeking politicians in power in the matter. Also a comprehensive grasp of the subject of law in itself, though very important, for a judge is not enough in itself, if he/she lacks impeccable integrity.

Dr P.S. CHANANA, Patiala


Poor supervision by the superiors on the officers under their charge leads to corruption. If the top administrators are clean and those working under them discharge their duties honestly and in a transparent manner, corruption will not thrive in the manner it has permeated every nook and corner of the administration and continues to take a very heavy toll.

The officers’ names which appear in the newspapers almost every day did not become crorepathis overnight.

They have been corrupt over a long period of time. It is only that their superiors shut their eyes for one consideration or the other and let those working under them go berserk.

In any case, it is never too late to mend or else much worse may be in store.

R.J. KHURANA, Bhopal

Life and death: Of two ideologies and beliefs

I read Kuldip Dhiman’s review under the caption, “Do we end with death”? The world stands divided by two ideologies and beliefs, one, ‘life after death’ and the other, ‘no life, rebirth after death’. The former hinges broadly on parochial ideas on religion, its scriptures, sermons etc, of some past millennia. The latter hinges on reason, rationality, scientific analysis and irrefutable evidence. The author Chris Carter favorably supports the view, the mind, conscious lives, after the brain perish, which is not tenable in the modern times where man has landed on moon 40 years back and has known all about it. But people of this planet still believe in it as ‘God or God Incarnate’, calling it reverentially as chander devta, the ‘Moon God’.

The relationship of brain and mind is like that of balloon and air in it: One visible and the other invisible. Consciousness exists as long as the brain is alive and functioning. The experiences expressed in the review in question and of subsequent survivals are the messy mechanism of dream world and functioning influenced by cultures, religious beliefs, thoughts, surroundings etc, during active living. Nothing more, nothing less.




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