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A landmark ruling that has restored power to citizens

india Updated: Jan 14, 2010 21:11 IST

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A landmark ruling that has restored power to citizens
The Delhi High Court’s ruling against the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), which will now be covered under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, is a landmark one (RTI covers India’s top judge, January 13). The purpose of the RTI Act is to introduce transparency in the system. It is to empower citizens and make India truly democratic. The CJI is a part of the system and is accountable to the public. By reinforcing that the RTI is a Fundamental Right, the High Court has ensured that no individual or institution is above the law.
R.K. Kutty, Bhopal

It’s a collective responsibility
Sitaram Yechury in Read the symptoms (Left Hand Drive, January 13) rightly states that there’s an urgent need to increase public spending on health care. However, it was unnecessary for him to politicise the issue by stating that capitalism was responsible for the present sad state of health care in our country. The only way to improve our health care system is to divide responsibilities equally among the public and the private sectors. While the former should formulate policies and provide affordable health care facilities, the private sector should use its resources for research in the field of medicine.
Karan Thakur, Delhi

Less twittering, more work
With reference to Aravind Adiga’s article Panditji’s pundit (January 12), Shashi Tharoor’s penchant to tweet and create controversies has done more harm than good to his political career. Adiga’s defence of Tharoor is weak when seen against the damage that the minister has done to his reputation. Tharoor should utilise his energy in working for the welfare of the people of his constituency. By tweeting about non-issues and trivialising serious topics, Tharoor is wasting
his talent.
Ashok Goswami, via email