Off Haryana govt’s hands
IAS officer Ashok Khemka has been sounded for central deputation. As is its wont, the Congress has started making the wrong noises on the issue. It seems to be keen on attributing motives to every move of the government, including this one. No doubt, Ashok Khemka is an officer with able credentials, as evidenced by the ‘outstanding’ remark in his Annual Confidential Reports(ACR). That he took on the Haryana Government on many issues is clearly evident by his 45 transfers in 23 years of service. However, the Congress appears miffed at his record of ‘exposing’ Robert Vadra. Whether Khemka unnecessarily rubbed the Haryana Government the wrong way is a totally different matter. As per the central staffing scheme, the state cadre IAS officers are duty-bound to serve the centre. In a way, the Haryana Government has to thank the centre for moving Khemka away from its precincts.
Vaidik fails to convince us
Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik has clarified that he met the chief accused in the Mumbai terror attack, Hafiz Saeed, to analyse his mind. His justification is both naive and unconvincing. Unconvincing because he is neither an authority on psychology nor a practising psychiatrist to examine someone’s mental state. He is just an armchair journalist.
While mindless terror acts are the best expressions of the mind of a terrorist, meeting a diehard anti-India terrorist certainly creates suspicion about his intentions. Surprising, after his meeting with Hafiz Saeed, he has taken the anti-India stand that ‘If both the countries agreed, there is no harm in giving independence to Kashmir.’ This stand needs to be condemned in no uncertain terms.
Arvind D Tapkire
Vaidik’s company significant
The editorial; “A journalist-busybody” (FPJ, 16/07) is well-articulated. The fact that Vaidik was in the company of Mani Shankar Aiyar and the former external affairs minister, both of whom lost to BJP at the hustings, seems significant. Did they instigate Vaidik to interview Hafiz Saeed and also arranged it so that the interview would embarrass the BJP-NDA government and must now be gleefully patting themselves on their backs for the achievement.
Kedarnath Rajah Aiyar
Who let Vaidik go?
Ved Pratap Vaidik’s Hafeez Sayeed (mis)adventure seems like a perfect Bollywood blockbuster script, where the hero, just by chance enters the hostile neighbourhood and meets the most-wanted villain; but instead of some dhishum- dhishum and bringing him to book, preaches to him to give up arms and get back on the right path. He also has a great, yet, very simple plan to solve the most contentious issue of Kashmir, for which the two nations fought three wars and have still not been able to find an amicable solution. The only point still not clear is who gave permission to this ‘bold’ journalist ? The Government of India or some very imaginative scriptwriter?
Injustice to judiciary
This refers to the report, ‘CJI proposes more hours for courts’ (July 15). On one hand, the Chief Justice of India has proposed to increase the working hours of courts to reduce pendency of cases and on the other hand, the government has reduced budget allocations for the judiciary, which is unfortunate.
The current finance minister himself is a lawyer and the earlier finance minister was also a lawyer and both are aware of the financial requirements of the judiciary. This year’s budget has provided for a sum of Rs1,205 crore, which is less than the last year’s provision of Rs 1,973 crore, for the law and justice ministry. The allocation for the Supreme Court has been kept the same, at Rs 134 crore. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has received an increase of just Rs 4 crore in the 2014 Budget, at Rs 56 crore. There are talks of computerisation of courts at the lower level – district and subordinate courts. But where are the funds? There has been a reduction from Rs 78 crore last year to Rs 58 crore this year. This year’s budget has not provided funds for infrastructure facilities for the judiciary. Are litigants losing the battle for justice?
Deendayal M Lulla
Maneka is right
Maneka Gandhi has very rightly come forward with a proposal to ‘treat juvenile rapists as adult criminals and that they be treated under the IPC and given harsh punishments’. When a juvenile clearly knows what he is doing, he should be treated as an adult criminal and must be dealt with punishments as under the IPC, on par with adult criminals. The three-year period is too short, and what if the victims must face the criminals after the latter have served their three years of time?
S Krishna Kumar
Human life has no value?
The left parties have lost much political clout in the recent parliamentary elections and are again trying to be visible by hitting the streets with the launch of agitations against Israel over the mass civilian casualty in Palestine. They will not mention that the Palestinian Hamas is launching rocket attacks against Israel.
If Israel has the superior technology to intercept Palestinian rockets in mid-air, who is to be blamed? Hamas is selecting sites near schools, markets, hospitals and so on rocket-launching sites. Israel has been warning residents prior to air raids.
Human lives are cheap not only in Palestine but in the entire Muslim world, as is evident from the activities of Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Abu Sayaf’s followers in the Philippines, the Taliban, the Al-Qaeda in Yemen and elsewhere,
N K Das Gupta
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