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Verdict on convicted MPs, MLAs

The Supreme Court of India (SC) has done the right thing in banning the convicted MPs and MLAs from contesting elections to state Assemblies and Parliament (news report 'Convicted lawmakers to lose membership: SC', July 11). The people of the country and the Election Commission of India had been demanding such a provision to stop the corrupt and criminal lawbreakers from becoming lawmakers.

The SC should have also ordered the disqualification of the sitting 162 MPs and 1,460 MLAs who are taking refuge on the pretext of "having appealed in higher courts against the convictions of the lower courts". Or, they should not be allowed to contest the next elections, whether parliamentary or Assembly, after the expiry of their current terms.

The SC order will prove to be an effective step in cleaning our state Assemblies and Parliament by weeding out corrupt MPs, MLAs and MLCs from the august Houses. They have been making a mockery of democracy by bending rules and fooling people for their selfish interests. A true politician should always keep the national interests over his/her personal interests. Hats off to the SC!

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

BCCI apathy

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is said to be the world's richest sports entity. Recently, the Indian cricket team won the ICC Champions Trophy by defeating England. After this, the BCCI announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore to each Indian player. But it has not announced any single penny for the Uttarakhand flood victims. Sadly, the BCCI has been conspicuously absent as the nation battles with one of the biggest national calamities. On the other hand, the government has declared only Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the helicopter crash personnel of the Indian Air Force and others who were engaged in the rescue operation in Uttarakhand. Is this not discrimination against those who laid down their lives for the nation?

RK ARORA, Amritsar

IB-CBI tussle

The ongoing confrontation between the IB and the CBI over the killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004 is unfortunate (editorial 'A fake encounter', July 5). In fact, the CBI should have focused on reasons leading to the encounter instead of highlighting the IB's alleged role, which should be left for the judiciary to decide. The IB always ensures the authenticity of the information it is going to share otherwise its credibility would be at stake. This issue is likely to adversely affect the morale of IB personnel working in difficult conditions. It will be better if politicians stop politicising such sensitive issues and let these two premier agencies do their work.


Goodbye, telegram

It is sad to know that the 160-year-old telegram service is going to be part of history from July 15. It was one of the popular modes of communications during the good old times. All joys and sorrows were shared through this mode. As everything changes with time, the new faster and efficient modes of communications like telephone, mobile phone and the Internet, which are the gifts of modern technology, have dealt a death blow to this age-old service. It pains us a lot to say goodbye to the dignified telegram service which served us for such a long time.


Terror attacks

The terror attack at the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bihar is a shocking and unfortunate incident. More shocking is that terrorists do not spare even religious places. Though the Bihar government had been informed of a potential terror attack, it did not take it seriously. The intelligence input must have been acted on by the state authorities.

Also, just two months ago, we had faced a terrorist attack in Bangalore. The frequency of terror attacks shows that the country has become an easy target for them. The reason for the success of these attacks is the government's apathy or soft approach and the tardy judicial system. If our government had taken pre-emptive action as the US and the UK have done, terror attacks would not have been common in our country.


Unpardonable crime

The editorial 'Rapist must not escape punishment' (July 9) has raised a sensitive issue which the government has failed to deal with on priority. Even the national outrage over the Nirbhaya rape incident in Delhi or across the country could not instill fear or change the mindsets of the perpetrators. Rather, the frequency of this heinous crime has increased manifold. It is high time we dealt with this issue sternly so that other innocent lives could not be a potential target. The people should also come forward to teach a lesson to miscreants and eve-teasers.

N UMMAT, Chandigarh

The weakening rupee

The rupee has been touching new lows against the US dollar over the past few months. The rupee has become the worst performing currency in Asia. The depreciating currency is fatal for a developing country like ours. Its continuous fall will result in an increased inflationary pressure and stagnant growth of the economy. Now the woes of Indian students planning to study abroad will mount as they have to shell out at least Rs 2-4 lakh more for their expenses. The common man will bear more holes in his pocket as the oil and gas prices are ready to zoom. The government must initiate some concrete reforms to tide over this bad phase.


Et tu Brute

Apropos of the news item 'No Shakespeare....' (July 2), the 'Bard of Avon' (Shakespeare) must be turning over in his grave with agony and dismay at the shabby treatment meted out to him at the hands of those who earned their livelihood by teaching his works.

Shakespeare's works are very important to go through for every student of English without which one cannot understand the English language and literature completely.

His works are a rich depository not only of the language, but also of wisdom and universal truths. Pushing such a great litterateur into the ocean of oblivion in haste would be a great injustice to him as well as those of learners of the language. The deletion of his works from the BA syllabus is still a mystery for many.

PROF KBS Sodhi, Ludhiana



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