Breaking the traffic rules? The penalties must apply to all
With reference to the report CM favours heavy fine for traffic violators (October 18), hefty fines for traffic offences are crucial for introducing discipline among city commuters. But first the State needs to ensure that the requisite infrastructure is in place, ably supported by a competent police force. Heavy fines must also apply to violations by government vehicles and ‘VIPs’ who have erroneously been allowed to believe that they’re a law unto themselves.
Vinode Mohindra, via email
Nothing but a smokescreen
This refers to the report OC files under CAG scanner (October 19). The government has asked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to look into the Commonwealth Games (CWG) fraud, but looking at the fate of similar audits in the past, the inquiry is likely to throw up a few scapegoats and end there. Most CAG reports languish in dusty offices, with no follow-up action being taken. Bureaucrats under the scanner usually continue in office with the power to influence the investigation and, unless they step away from an ongoing audit, it cannot be deemed fair.
Supriya Verma, via email
The prime minister has appointed the CAG to investigate the CWG, but what good will that do in a nation that is already riddled with so many scandals and cases of corruption? People responsible for taking this country forward pocket the cash without the slightest remorse. Since no one is ever punished for such fraud, there seems to be no deterrent for future offenders, and efforts to recover this national loot continue to be futile.
S.P. Sharma, Mumbai
Hear the Valley’s lost voices
Amitabh Mattoo’s disgruntlement with the non-political nature of interlocutors is strange in view of his earlier silence, when his own name was doing the rounds for the job (Mission implausible, October 18). The interlocutors’ mandate is to talk to all parties, so the hitherto ignored voices from Jammu, Ladakh and those of the Kashmiri Hindus are likely to be heard now. It is time to marginalise the pampered bunch of Pakistan-backed pan-Islamists who are holding J&K to ransom, while expecting Kashmir to be handed over to them on a platter.
Lalit Ambardar, Delhi
Taking passion too far
This refers to the editorial The Aussie spin cycle (The Pundit, October 18). There’s no doubt that the behaviour of some Australian athletes, after their cricket team lost the test series to India, is condemnable, but I do not agree with the view that Indians are gracious losers. Who can forget the behaviour of Indian fans after India’s loss in the 1996 cricket World Cup semi-finals? Sports is high on passion and fans often don’t take loss on the chin, but then Indian athletes would probably not have thrown a washing machine out from a host nation’s building either.
Bal Govind, Noida
A case of double standards
With reference to the editorial Don’t overstep the mine line (Our Take, October 18), in politics only interests are eternal. On the one hand, Rahul Gandhi had anointed himself as a messiah of Orissa’s Niyamgiri tribals, against Vedanta’s rapacity. On the other hand, the Congress government in Maharashtra had no qualms in allowing iron mining in the ecologically fragile Sindhudurg region. This is a classic case of double standards, just because Orissa is not ruled by the Congress.
D.S. Panwar, via email