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Justice delayed, let it not be denied

Apropos “SC orders parents’ trial in Aarushi case” (January 7), though it was a three-and-a-half-year-old case, the two-judge Bench of the apex court has given a judicious order for the trial of Dr Rajesh and Dr Nupur Talwar on the charge of murder of their 14-year-old daughter, Aarushi, and a servant, Hemraj.

It’s a pity that despite voluminous evidence against the accused, it has taken years for the trial to get under way. The court should take strict action against people who have tried to derail the administration of justice. Whoever is guilty in the gruesome murders should not go unpunished.


 BJP mess-up

The editorial “BJP in a quandary” (January 5) has rightly pointed at the lack of ethics in politics. Joining hands with Babu Singh Kushwaha, expelled by the BSP on corruption charges, shows the BJP in poor light, even as it aspires to be the alternative to form the government at the Centre. It has demonstrated that it does not mind throwing all ethics to the wind to capture power.

The party boasting of “high values” in politics had also ruined its image by shielding Yeddyurappa Reddy in Karnataka. You do not need enemies if you lose grip over morals and take actions that are not in public interest.


Lokpal, please

There is an office of Insurance Ombudsman (Bima Lokpal) in Chandigarh, which deals with complaints against insurance companies in the region. I filed a complaint in September 2011. After not hearing from the office for four months, I rang up to inquire about the status of my complaint.

An official told me there was no judge (ombudsman) in the office for the past three months, and complaints would be entertained only after one was appointed. He advised me to file a case regarding my complaint in a consumer court, as there was “no likelihood of the appointment in near future”. This, at a time when the whole nation is much exercised over the demand for setting up a national Lokpal.


Courage in torture!

“If Columbus had not discovered America” by Shelly Walia (January 6) was an informative piece on the history of slave trade, exposing the accepted “historical facts”. Columbus has been glorified as a hero of the discovery of the New World. World history is incomplete without the mention of his “courageous voyages”.

While he may be remembered as a courageous and dominating personality of the times, he should also be condemned for his observation that “the natives would make fine servants”, which led to the promotion of slave trade and other forms of torture of the natives. The US, which professes the philosophy of “liberty”, should stop its tyrannical ways of dominating the developing countries.

DR PURAN SINGH, Chandigarh

Not so fast

The editorial “Better counsel prevails” (January 7) rightly appreciates Anna Hazare’s decision not to campaign in the five poll-bound states as “realistic and pragmatic”.

Hazare has certainly realised that his image as a social activist has taken a drop due to his drifting from his original goal of eradication of corruption. He is probably also frustrated over his own aides’ acts that have come to light. People did not like his supporting all non-Congress parties, as those were equally corrupt.

Hazare will have to fight this public perception if he has to carry on his crusade against corruption. He can do that by telling people that he had been cheated by his own lieutenants. For now, putting his agitation on hold is a wise step. The fight against corruption has to carry on in a more meaningful way.

R. K. KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Blind to the handicapped

Visually challenged students held a protest on World Braille Day to press for their demands. Democracy, it seems, does not treat all people on a par. Besides their handicap, physically disabled students also have to constantly grapple with the prospect of a bleak future, as the government shirks its responsibility of implementing the Disabilities Act, 1998.

The ill-fated students are being forced to protest for their basic right to education through Braille, a facility not available in accordance with the need in their academic institutes.

MADHU SHARMA, Kurukshetra



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