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Judging the judges

india Updated: Sep 09, 2008 22:33 IST

Apropos of the report Calcutta HC judge faces impeachment (September 9), it was disturbing to read that Calcutta High Court judge Soumitra Sen was asked to resign for misappropriating public money. The CJI’s recommendation seeking a legislative initiative for the removal of Sen, after the Law Ministry’s statement reveals that the allegation made against Sen is not absurd and his denial of charges will only add to his cowardice. His despicable act will be a shameful blot on the Indian judiciary.

SM Fasiullah, Delhi

Unclear nuclear deal

India has walked into the nuclear trap set up by the developed countries to help their business houses get nuclear business in India. But the UPA government has not told the country as to what would be the economic capacity of and investment costs for the nuclear power projects to be set up under the new conditions. The nuclear projects would be at the mercy of overseas organisations. Also, the huge environmental costs of dumping nuclear waste have made several developed countries reluctant to invest in future power projects.

NS Venkataraman, Chennai


India has crossed another big hurdle for the Indo-US nuclear deal. But a final ratification of the deal is yet to be cleared by the US Congress. After so many impediments starting with the trust vote, the Left pullout, the leak of a document by a US official and many anxious moments, India has finally joined the nuclear club, an inclusion that was long-overdue.



The NSG clearance for the civil nuclear deal does not merit any celebration as the benefits from the deal are still under a cloud. Many members of the NSG may not wish to supply nuclear fuel to power plants in India. Also, there is no guarantee that NSG members will be regular in these supplies, even if India does not carry out a nuclear test. In that scenario, is it justifiable to go ahead with the construction of capital-intensive N-power plants and keep them idle for want of fuel at a future date?


Rise and rise of Zardari

Kudos to Asif Ali Zardari on his historic victory in the Pakistani presidential election. This is a victory for democracy in Pakistan, a country looted by successive dictators. The Pakistan People’s Party’s efforts to make Pakistan a social democratic country are laudable. I hope President Zardari will live up to the expectations of the Pakistani people and work towards peace, prosperity and amicable relations with neighbours.