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Media trial not necessarily fair

The electronic media seems to lap up anything and everything that makes breaking news followed by endless discussions, a fruitless exercise, on its channels. If a person in question has to face a media trial where charges, arguments, defence and even verdict is pronounced by a TV channel, then why do we have courts and investigating agencies?

In case, the accused is pronounced not guilty by a court of law, then who will pay for the damage caused to the reputation of the person concerned? In an exemplary judgement, the Supreme Court recently imposed a heavy fine on a former Samajwadi Party member, who had filed baseless charges against Rahul Gandhi.

If a person feels that there is prima facie case of corruption against a political person, he should file a court case, civil or criminal, as warranted under the law of the land instead of calling a hurried press conference and running down a person without giving him time for defence.

Arvind Kejriwal led IAC has been running down the whole political system. If everybody is corrupt then how has our political system stood the test of time for so many years, whereas in our neighbourhood, the political system is tottering? Has our country not progressed despite and inspite of corruption?

Corruption is a serious issue and you cannot solve it on TV. Can Kejriwal vouchsafe that there are no black sheep in the media? Good governance needs more urgency than corruption. Our media too should behave more responsibly and distance itself from media trials.

ARUN HASTIR. Babehali (Gurdaspur)


It is high time, we started having open debates on govt-owned TV and radio channels between Prime minister and the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The country is bogged down with umpteen scams, problems, reckless crime, corruption and overall deterioration in all major areas of importance for national economy, social and political ethos. How long will this hide-and-seek, allegations, counter allegations and defence statements go on. Citizens remain silent spectators and are not able to do anything concrete?

If the President of the most powerful nation of the world can face crores of people and Opposition across the US and the globe, why can’t our PM take an initiative and come forward.

Prof CK SARDANA, New Delhi


Even if Kejriwal does not have fool-proof evidence in support of his charges against corrupt leaders, charges raised are grave. We cannot ignore such serious allegations citing lack of evidence. This is a question of the plunder of national property. A transparent probe and punishment to the accused should be the logical conclusion.

It is a rarity in post-independent India that someone is exposing politicians like this (editorial “Gadkari in firing line”, October 19) India earned freedom after waging a long struggle but our political parties are letting it go down the drain. Politicians are filling their bank accounts in foreign banks and the public is craving for basic necessities.


Acceptance of guilt

On the Vadra-DLF deal, the Congress spokesperson talked like a tired traveller, concealing the truth and revealing only the thrill. Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s statement that he was prepared to die for Sonia Gandhi speaks of the leader’s slavish tendency. Such statements of ministers are a confirmation of corruption at high level. Lalu Yadav’s support for Vadra is out of compulsion for political support not righteousness. Accepting his support is like accepting guilt.


Questionable governance

The unprecedented rise in incidents of crime like rape, loot and murder has torn the fundamental fabric of human race and mankind. This ghastly situation is a much bigger challenge to the civil society than to the government. The administrative machinery comes into action after the crime has been committed, rescue and investigation is too slow and full of formal paper work. Society has to bear the direct brunt of crime on its face.

It is almost an established fact that the responsibility of prevention of crime cannot be shouldered by the government alone, though it can be helpful to some extent if law and order machinery is honest, prompt and fair.

The sorry state of affairs is that the law and order system does not enjoy public confidence due to corruption and political interference.

DAYA NAND, Charkha Dadri



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