Apropos of the report Bonhomie in Beijing (January 15), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to China has essentially focused on trade and bilateral cooperation. But why are we ignoring the fact that China refuses to deviate from its hardline stand on the long-pending border dispute? We need to tread carefully as far as Sino-Indian relations are concerned, keeping in mind the fact that the border dispute had disrupted our bonhomie once before. India should also seriously ponder on the benefits of a regional trade agreement with China as this may have a cascading impact on our emerging
with reference to the editorial Legitimate concern (January 14), the government should take steps to make the filing of complaints on sexual harassment, and the subsequent trials in courts, a less humiliating process for women. The identity of the victims must be protected at all times to save them from the social trauma associated with having been a target of such a degrading crime.
There are two ways by which we can reduce the shocking statistics on crimes against women. All such incidents should be reported by the victims to the police, who, in turn, must cooperate fully. Two, speedy trials are necessary. These alone will act as a deterrent, besides restoring faith in our law-enforcing machinery. Until this happens, we will continue to be confronted by such embarrassing statistics.
Judging the judges
Apropos of the editorial Court the rulebook (January 14), it is a matter of grave concern that accountability is conspicuous by its absence in the judiciary. We agree that it is important to keep the judiciary free from political influence. But for this, the judiciary must ensure that appointees to judicial posts are backed up by strong credentials, and the process takes place in a transparent manner.
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