Apropos of the editorial Speaker impediment (August 10), the NDA’s boycott of parliamentary proceedings serves little purpose. That said, Somnath Chatterjee’s manner of conducting proceedings in the Lok Sabha is not exactly non-partisan. Though the Left is supporting the government from outside, Chatterjee must remember that he occupies a constitutional seat and remain impartial. If the Speaker behaves in a partisan manner, there will be no dearth of tamashas.
The present stalemate between the Speaker and the Opposition is avoidable. The best place to sort out contentious issues is the House, and the best method, debate.
Take firm action
Apropos of Pathak report soft on Jagat, says ED (August 10), why is the ED giving VIP treatment to Jagat Singh? Or is it that different sets of laws govern VIPs and the common man?
Israel is being accused of disproportionate reaction. However, its military action should not be seen in isolation. Many Arab countries and Iran have repeatedly announced the intention to remove Israel from the world map. Since its inception, Israel has fought many wars against Arab nations to preserve its sovereignty. Terrorist groups are a constant irritant for Israel. In the past, Israel has tried to ease the situation by voluntarily vacating its well-settled population from Gaza.
Hospital in a mess
The report Safdarjung needs life support (August 10) is an eye-opener. Health Minister Ramadoss has been working on a single-point agenda by focusing on AIIMS. Besides Safdarjung, many other hospitals are also in a bad condition. Ramadoss should realise he is Health Minister and not AIIMS Minister.
Bhupinder S Walia
How long will it take before the powers-that-be in India refuse to allow multinationals like Coca-Cola and Pepsi to treat Indians as animals? Is citizens’ health of no concern to the Indian government?
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