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Not enough

Apropos “Leadership in the shadow of bars” by KV Prasad (Sunday Tribune, July 14), the Supreme Court judgment is not an end in itself. It can be challenged before a constitutional Bench. The judgment has accelerated a tug of war between the legislature and the judiciary. Its final solution lies in appropriate amendment to the Representation of the People Act. It is time for comprehensive electoral reforms so that only the deserving enter Parliament.

Ramanjeet, Ludhiana

Bound, still

Apropos the article “Cross Lakshman rekha and you shall perish” by Manpreet Badal (Sunday Tribune, July 14), it is our country’s bad destiny that people with criminal antecedents are our representatives. Only people with money and muscle power can contest elections and win easily. An honest person who wants to serve the people stands no chance against such people. Are we politically and economically free? It is difficult to lead a life of dignity. We need to take charge as we are accountable to the next generation.

Shiv Poojari, Bathinda

Wrong is wrong

Being a former CBI chief, the views expressed by the writer are on expected lines (“Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” by RK Raghavan, Sunday Tribune, July 14). I do not agree with his contention that it would be dishonest to spurn KPS Gill’s contribution to the stability in Punjab as there are no two yardsticks to deal with the same crime. Any extra-judicial killing anywhere in the country under any circumstance is a crime. The writer’s assumption that either the IB headquarters was kept in the dark or it had encouraged the officer appears to be ridiculous as the IB headquarters can never be kept in the dark by its officers on important matters.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Love of profit

Profits being the sole guiding principle, publishing houses are careful not to feed anything which is contrary to the readers’ taste (“Fast-food culture bites publishing houses too”; Sunday Tribune, July 14). It is like films, where commercial cinema thrives and meaningful cinema has little chance even to support the cost of production. The tribe of serious readers has also plummeted. Serious creative writing is the only worthwhile endeavour that can change social mindsets.

Dr Sanjay Pathak, mail

Paddy curse

Once considered a boon, the water-guzzling paddy crop is turning out to be Punjab’s bane (“Breaking open the paddy lock” by Jangveer Singh; Sunday Tribune, July 14). Farmers are not moving away from paddy because of the assured procurement at a minimum support price. If a farmer is not sure his produce would be procured, it will be a hard task to make him shift to alternative crops. Procurement of alternative crops and an MSP for them that gives profits similar to paddy have to be ensured for it to happen.

Rajkamal Mann, Kolkata

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