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Be judicious while choosing members of the judiciary

india Updated: Aug 23, 2011 21:03 IST

The editorial Clear case for judicial reforms (Our Take, August 22) rightly highlights the need for removing favouritism, nepotism and considerations of religion, caste and colour from the appointment of judges. These factors should be weeded out of our system. The government must form a national judicial commission for the selection of judges and pass the judicial accountability bill to ensure a clean judiciary.

Subhash Vaid, Delhi

Making way for the new

Usha Subramaniam in Anna for his thoughts (August 22) is right in stating that the people are also responsible for corruption in the country. It took a 74-year-old man’s fast to shake the country out of its stupor and protest against the government’s loot of the exchequer or the fact that the prime minister was functioning as a mouthpiece of the high command. With the ongoing protests, we have taken a step towards overhauling our system.

Srinivas Murthy, via email

The game of the name

This refers to the editorial Ma, mati, mutation (The Pundit, August 22). Changing the name of West Bengal to Paschim Banga is nothing short of farcical. At the time of Partition, the eastern part that went to Pakistan was referred to as ‘East Bengal’, and the rest came to be known as ‘West Bengal’. The state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee perhaps failed to keep in mind the atrocious pronunciations that the new name will lead to.

GM Rama Rao, Visakhapatnam

II

How Mamata Banerjee changes the fortunes of the state by initiating recovery and growth and creating employment is important. Political gimmicks will fail unless she is able to bring back the past glories.

Bal Govind, Noida