Today's letters

Govt should act sensibly

It is regrettable that the UPA Government has expressed reservation about the inclusion of PM, higher judiciary and MPs in the proposed Lokpal Bill. How can anyone be above the law of the land. Being the largest democracy in the world, it is high time that we innovate for the future of our country. Else the people of the country should renew their nation wide agitation as done before so that the Lokpal Bill is passed at the earliest during the monsoon session of Parliament. Hope the government will act sensibly keeping in mind the future of our country.

Dr. Biddappa  

Explore alternative methods

This refers to “Tiwari refuses to give blood sample”(DH, June 2). Modern day testing procedures for detecting DNA foot prints does not depend on blood samples alone. Technology has enabled us to detect paternity and ancestral origins with the genetic debris we leave behind in our everyday day activities. Labs can perform thousands of tests from this genetic “litter”. So whether N D Tiwari concurs to give a blood sample is not significant. There are many other less invasive ways of detecting his genetic profile.

A travesty of truth

This refers to ‘Scrap Article 356’(DH, June 2). It would be wrong to scrap Article 356 as it would amount to throwing the baby with the bathwater. It is true that the Supreme Court has said in Bommai’s case that the majority of an elected government should be tested on the floor of the house. But the floor test itself was vitiated by the Speaker in the instant case as observed by the Supreme Court itself. I am sure that if the BJP Govt is dismissed and the matter goes to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court will certainly not apply the ratio in Bommai’s case as the floor test itself was vitiated. I do not think that the Governor was in a hurry to send the report. To say that the Constitutional machinery has not broken down even after the observations of the Supreme Court on the acts of the Speaker and the Chief Minister would be a travesty of truth.

Bapu Heddurshetti

Govt scuttling Lokpal bill


This is with reference to the “Govt Hazare lock horns” (DH, May 31). Just a few days ago the Prime Minister talked in length about acting against corruption. But his government is now opposing the inclusion of PM, MPs and Judiciary under Lokpal ambit. The main purpose of Lokpal bill is to put a check on corruption at high places, but the government is hell bent on scuttling it.


Sibal and colleagues are under watch


This is with reference to the “Govt Hazare lock horns” (DH, May 31). It appears that the government has not clearly defined the role of the 'Drafting Committee'. It is assuming that the Committee has been set up to prepare a "Draft Bill" and not a final one. Further, the approach of the government representatives to the " Bill " is suspect. The draft bill so prepared by the Committee could have been circulated among the concerned sections before placing it before Parliament. Kapil Sibal and his colleagues should tread carefully as the entire nation is watching them.

Gilbert D'Souza


Revamp Air India


This refers to the story “AI merges 13 flights to tackle crisis” (DH, May 29). Air India in the past was eulogized as the national carrier. Unfortunately today it is making the nation carry with it its poor record of performance and profitability. In its heydays, Air India was renowned for its creative and catchy advertising like “Beat it to London” during the height of the Beatle mania or “Goodness Gracious, Now it is Mauritius” when it started flights to Mauritius. Now its customer loyalty is shrinking and they are abandoning it by the droves.

Unfortunately our authorities do not seem to understand the gravity of the situation. Many of the foreign pilots who joined the airline left because of the easy-going approach towards issues of safety and passenger care. What is surprising is that other airlines that fly to India and who clamor for more landing rights make profits and Air India records losses. Airlines is a competitive business and cannot be run as a government department. They should be managed as profitable units like other business enterprises.

H N Ramakrishna

Railways should earmark separate counters for tatkal reservations


The Railways have done a good job regarding computer reservations by bringing the whole reservation ambit in the country through computers. But, a visit to any reservation counter in the morning hours tells a different story. People eager to reserve tickets, well in advance, are blocked by teeming agents to book 'tatkal' tickets. People booking their tickets two to three months in advance have to wait till the tatkal process ends. These agents line in front of ticket booths from 7 am in the morning while the counters open at 8 am.

Many stations have done well by setting apart separate counters for women and handicapped persons. It is high time separate counters are earmarked for tatkal ticket seekers for one hour following the commencement of ticket issuance. That way, they as well as others, who come to stations to plan their journey in advance, can heave a sigh of relief.

Ganapathi Bhat

Headley exposes India as well


This refers to ‘Headley diary damns Pak’ (DH, May 25). The revelations not only expose Pakistan but also the ‘efficiency’ of our intelligence agencies.

T Varghese

UPA government also needs an advisory


The advisory sent by Centre to Karnataka is amusing. It is just to pacify the State Congress leaders, who have been forcefully demanding the dismissal of Yeddyurappa government. The UPA  Government itself deserves an advisory for its failure to deal with corruption and terrorists.


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