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A right movement

I wonder why Abhishek Singhvi in The right to not disclose (August 2) justifies the government?s action on the RTI Act by giving examples of countries like the US, Britain, France and Canada.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 01:43 IST

A right movement

I wonder why Abhishek Singhvi in The right to not disclose (August 2) justifies the government’s action on the RTI Act by giving examples of countries like the US, Britain, France and Canada. Do citizens of those countries battle corruption day in and day out? In India, it takes scores of farmers to commit suicide before the State stirs to life. Our government values only VIPs.

Sandeep Kaul
Delhi

II

The report RTI loses some more teeth (August 4) was really shocking. The government’s proposal to prune the powers vested in the RTI Act further dilutes this legislation. The Prime Minister must intervene before the RTI Act gets completely redundant.

PK Srivastava
via e-mail

III

The RTI Act is a welcome step aimed at rooting out corruption from Indian politics and governance. It is perhaps one of the most potent weapons in the hands of the common people. It must not be allowed to be diluted.

Satish Ranjan
Ranchi

Check water pollution

With reference to There’s poison in your cola (August 3), we must pay serious attention to the contamination of our groundwater. It is clear that the pesticides found in the soft drinks have their source in this water. The main reasons for groundwater contamination are industrial pollution and extensive use of pesticides in farming. Civil society needs to get involved in checking any further pollution.

Amjad K Maruf
Mumbai

Monumental damage

With reference to the report Don’t mess with Humayun’s Tomb (August 5), the PWD’s plan to connect the Commonwealth Games village and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium via Nizamuddin is astonishing.

We cannot sacrifice our monuments in such a manner. They are symbols of our national pride.

Nadia Ahmad
Delhi

It’s only just

The decision to appoint women judges in rape cases is welcome. Crime against women has been on the rise in recent years. The proposed amendments to the CrPC may just help stem the problem.

Mohd Amin Mir
Sopore

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