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Disrespect to verdict

The act of violence, arson and damaging of public property after the court's verdict against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption case by her supporters is condemnable. Such bold judgments are a rarity and must be welcomed. The hooligans must be punished.


Legal recourse open

That it took 18 years to convict J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption and disproportionate assets case, with some legal recourse still open for her, is a matter of concern and cries for a review of our judicial system.

HL Sharma, Amritsar

Justice delayed

Apropos the news item Jaya gets 4-year jail in assets case (September 28), the courts took 18 years to decide and it will probably take another 36 years in applying and pendency of the case in higher courts. There are innumerable loopholes towards the avoidance of punishment. Agitations by Jaya’s workers and burning of public properties in Tamil Nadu have wreaked havoc. In cases such as the 1984 riots against Sikhs, the punishment of culprits has been pending for decades while in the Delhi rape case, for years. When reformatory judgements are delivered, should we not strive for their meticulous implementation too?

MPS Chadha, Mohali

Exemplary judgment

Every citizen of India is equal before law. A special court of Bangalore sentenced Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa to four years of sentence and a fine of Rs 100 crore in a disproportionate assets case. These types of judgements set an example in society and create faith in judiciary.


Setback permanent?

Though an epic 18-year-long legal battle ended in less than five minutes with the court verdict, such delayed justice does not carry any value except consolation that the legal system in the country is functional. Whether this landmark verdict against Jayalalithaa would be a permanent setback and weaken her hold over the party is too early to say.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

Overzealous loyalty

Apropos the news item Jaya effect: Clashes erupt in TN (September 28), it is baffling why the goons of political parties start damaging public property whenever their mentors are held guilty by courts. This is true in every case, be it that of Lalu Prasad, Mayawati, OP Chautala, Jagir Kaur or Indira Gandhi.

It can be said that it is not only the politicians who are corrupt but also public as a whole has a polluted mind. People show their overzealous loyalty through unlawful acts.

KS Dhami, California (USA)

Wonderful speech

Narendra Modi gave a wonderful speech in the UNGA and made Indians proud. He spoke in Hindi and talked about ‘Vasudev Kutumbkam’', Pakistan, terrorism, yoga, poverty and the functioning of the UN.


Sanskritised Hindi

Long back, we use to joke about the use of Sanskritised Hindi by All India Radio by saying: “Samachar mein Hindi suniye.” Modi did exactly the same. His speech at the UN could not be understood by the majority in the UN. Most of the Indians were equally at a loss with the high-flown Hindi he used. A simple Hindustani would have been more effective.

KS Grewal, Panchkula

No mean feat

The speech of our Prime Minister at Madison Square to the Indians was assuring and convincing. He is a man of words and the euphoria he generated before the public was no mean feat. The promise of bureaucratic red tape on its way out and of ‘red carpet’ for prospective entrepreneurs is the dawn of happy days.

Major Baldev Singh, Ambala Cantt

Fruit awaited

The Prime Minster delivered a lecture in the UNGA in Hindi. If he had spoken in English, it would have been more effective in conveying his message to the world. I think the PM is an astute politician who wants to enter the heart of every Indian by becoming orthodox. The Indian media have exaggerated the trip, unlike the foreign media that treated it as a routine affair. Leading world channels did not pay much heed to the trip.

America is a business-oriented country. But a clever businessman can sell a comb to a bald person along with the medicine of baldness. It is yet to be seen what fruit his trip will bear.


Modi’s vision

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in increasing the number of his admirers in the USA. The rousing reception that he was given clearly shows his popularity among the Indian-Americans. Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and the number of facilities announced for NRIs will definitely pave the way for strengthening Indo-American relations and Indian economy as trade and commerce will flourish.


Heartening effort

We are used to politicians going abroad on holiday in the garb of official work. But it was heartening to see the effort being put in by our PM to deliver on the promise of ‘achhe din’. His busy schedule during his days of fasting raises serious concerns for his health. We want him to be in the pink of health.

K. Sundaresh, via email

High hopes from visit

Modi's visit to the USA is good for the people of India. He is the perfect man to represent India in the UN Assembly. He has pledged to bring a revolution in the country and is striving hard to turn his words into action. The nation has high hopes from him.

Aanchal Tangri, Panchkula

Explorer of peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call at the UN for the declaration of international yoga day proves that he is an arduous explorer of the possibilities of peace in the world. He has encouraged the world to embrace spirituality.

Anil Kakra, Kurukshetra

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