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Posted at: Jul 21, 2018, 12:04 AM; last updated: Jul 21, 2018, 12:04 AM (IST)

No rule of law

The editorial ‘Apex court weighs in again’ (July 19) has rightly echoed the sentiments of the right-thinking people. It is true that the state’s job does not end at law making. Politicians who have been elected and are under oath of the Constitution to safeguard the fundamental rights of each and every citizen, irrespective of caste, creed, language or region, must fulfil their constitutional obligations. It is a pity these politicians are looking the other side when lynching incidents are destroying the basics of a constitutional government which stands on the edifice of rights and the rule of law. Those who understand the spirit of the Constitution know it well that the role of the elected government is to not only make laws, but also to enforce them. The rule of law is the responsibility of the government. If it fails to protect life, liberty and property of people, it has no moral or constitutional right to rule the country.

Jagdish Mitter Gandhi, Gurugram

Temple entry

The editorial ‘Another door opens’ (July 20) rightly hits hard at the parochialism in the name of religion. Bigotry and prejudice rule the so-called religious sects which issue regressive diktats such as forbidding women from temple entry. It is not only ridiculous, but also a violation of the fundamental right of equality. Conservationists creating an aura of discrimination should be booked under appropriate Sections. The Supreme Court’s observation is welcome, egalitarian and in the spirit of the Constitution. 

Abhimanyu Malik, Jind

Obsolete defence

The news ‘MiG-21 crash kills Sqn Ldr in Kangra’ (July 19) is deplorable as it was a ‘routine sortie’. If the officer was on an operational mission, there would have been nothing to regret. But losing an experienced fighter pilot on a routine sortie needs thorough investigation. We acquired 872 MiG-21 aircraft in 1963; we have lost almost half of the fleet in crashes. Some people call these planes ‘flying coffins’ which are still routinely flown by our brave pilots. A machine based on old technology is risky as it is. Losing a trained fighter pilot hurts the nation, the force and the family. The same is the case with our helicopters which have outlived their life. In no country do pilots fly such outdated machines. We are wasting plenty of money on election rallies, but we cannot take care of the safety of our armed forces. The man is more important than the machine he flies. 

Col Jaspal Singh (Retd), Ludhiana

Neeraj, the poet-lyricist

Refer to ‘Hindi poetry doyen Neeraj passes away’ (July 20); the poet’s unique style had connected him with people from all walks of life, across generations. His works are unforgettable gems, which will live on and inspire people. The poet-lyricst had enthralled Hindi cinema fans with some of his well-known songs in films like Prem Pujari and Cha Cha Cha He had infused new life in song writing, especially in the sixties, and carved a niche for himself. He was bestowed with Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to the literary world. His death marks the end of an era.

Ramesh G jethwani, Bengaluru 

Not without helmet

The middle ‘Don’t die like a fool on the road’ (July 19) was a polite advisory to Sikh women to use helmet while driving a two-wheeler. Religion does not forbid Sikh women from wearing helmet. I urge Sikh leaders to encourage their sisters/daughters to use helmet for personal safety as well as for their near and dear ones. It is a must while driving a two-wheeler, or else there are many options to change the mode of transport as life is precious.


ADB rating and reality

Regard to ‘ADB retains fastest growing economy tag for India’ (July 20), the Indian economy is capable of doing even better if the delays are reduced to minimum in decision making by the government at all levels. Let the politicians in power celebrate the reporting of the ADB, but should introspect the challenges in higher capacity utilisation rate for achieving inclusive growth. We also need to focus on the sustainable development goals by 2030. We need to measure opportunities through investment in human capital through good education in schools and health facilities in hospitals for all by increasing the capital expenditure rate over the revenue expenditure rate. Let us stop comparing ourselves and remember that we are unique even if weak in some respects.

MM Goel, Kurukshetra

Censoring `Sacred Games’

The article ‘Sacred Games: Another censorship saga’ (July 19) shed light on the abuse of defamation laws in India. In this case, there wasn’t any objectionable content in the TV series, but some imbecile will still find something to prick the skin of the makers. Netflix and the likes have been immune to amass outrage due to their individual-level approach, since their content can only be watched by their subscribers. It shields them from mainstream criticism, unlike movies which are released in cinemas. Our courts should not accept such frivolous objections. It has become a trend that anyone can file a suit against anybody to hog headlines.  

Yoginder Maan Ballah, Karnal

Sense of justice

Apropos ‘Gikki murder: Father spars with HC judge in courtroom’ (July 19), this incident should have been avoided as it will send a wrong message and tarnish the image of the court. The judiciary must conform and live up to the highest standards of integrity and impartiality. Justice must not only be done, it should appear to be done, is the legal maxim. Even if doubt is expressed on the impartiality of a judge, he should recuse in the interest of justice, else it will shake people’s faith in the system. This is the right course to be adopted in such cases.


Muftis, Abdullahs same

Refer to ‘PDP split will breed ultras: Mufti’ (July 14); facing rebellion in the party, Mehbooba Mufti has come out with an irresponsible statement. What has the PDP split got to do with the breeding of terrorists in J&K? She was heading a coalition government with the BJP for almost three years. During her rule, militant strikes increased and stone-pelting became a major issue which the security forces faced during operations to corner militants. She was hell-bent on the withdrawal of AFSPA. Muftis and Abdullahs are two sides of the same coin. They follow diktats from their ‘aakas’ sitting across the border. 


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