Today's letters

Today's letters


No sincere effort to tackle corruption


The article 'Business of Politics' (DH Nov 19) highlights the pathetic situation the nation is facing. Madhu Koda is definitely not an exception in the face of the astronomical wealth amassed by hundreds of politicians. Years ago Sarkaria Commission indicted a Tamil Nadu politician for acts of corruption.

While the commission reports had been dumped, the same was used by the central government as a trump card to garner support for survival. Since then the same politician and his clan have made thousands of crores of rupees stashed in benami property. Till this day the government at the centre badly needs the support of these political parties to stay in power.

 Meanwhile there has been telecom scam, spectrum allocation scam, shipping scam, mining scam and other endless acts of corruption that cost the country several billions of rupees. Nothing has been done to book the politicians involved in these scandals.  Indicting Madhu Koda appears to be more of a political vendetta than a sincere effort to tackle corruption.   


 A scientist for ever

Prof C.N.R. Rao, Chairman, PM's Science Advisory Council has done us proud by turning down the offer of a Rajya Sabha seat by none other than Mrs.Sonia Gandhi spurning the perks and privileges that go with the membership. He wants to continue as a scientist and publish research papers, and would be a fish out of water in Rajya Sabha.

The seat is likely to be offered to Anil Kakodkar or Madhavan Nair. Others would accept the offer with glee, and Prof Rao is really a jewel in the crown of Karnataka.




Dinakaran should step down

The Justice Dinakaran of the Karnataka High Court has been removed from the panel of judges to be appointed for the Supreme Court, under what right does he has the authority to continue as the Chief Justice in Karnataka?

He should have voluntarily stepped down. Tainted people, even if the allegations are proved later not to be true, sitting to dole out justice is no justice at all.

S Kamat



INDIA improves position on honesty index

India has ‘strong’ reason to feel satisfied by ‘improving’ its position in global honesty-ranking from 85th last year to now 84th this year that too much better than that of Pakistan! Our political rulers and bureaucrats are fond of enjoying luxurious ‘study-tours’ at public-expense in ‘national or public’ interest.

High-level delegation should be sent to world’s least corrupt nations like Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden. 

 If Indian government wishes to induce honesty in the system, there should be provision of death-penalty and life-imprisonment for persons involved in big scams. Properties of the culprits and their near relations should be confiscated. 

Since currency is the oxygen to corruption, stringent steps may be taken to drastically transform currency circulation in banking transactions in a manner people may find excess currency as ‘paper’ of no practical use! But who will bell the cat when law-makers themselves are biggest beneficiary of a system prone to corruption!

Subhash Chandra Agrawal


 On matrimonial disputes

All over India, the number of false cases lodged under Sec 498A has exceeded a lakh.  Still, according to various women’s organizations in the country, this number is considered as “very few”, “rare” and “negligible”.

 In a recent case of matrimonial dispute, the husband has been asked to pay a monthly maintenance of Rs.8000/-, as against his income of Rs. 6000/- P.M. He has now sought the permission of the court to sell his kidney to enable him to fulfill his legal “obligation”.

Another bizarre case is that of an unfortunate husband whose wife left him, without divorcing, to openly live with her paramour. He was told that a wife cannot be forced to stay with her husband, while legally still continuing to be his lawfully wedded wife, entitled to all the “benefits” and “privileges” from him.  

Arun Malankar,


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