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Keeping all worms in the can

india Updated: Aug 17, 2008 22:04 IST

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The report Govt shelves bill against corrupt judges (August 11) brings out the lack of courage on the part of the government to hold corrupt judges accountable. Is it because this might eventually backfire and force the government to haul up corrupt politicians? In any case, it’s a decision that will save the taxpayers’ money, since corruption charges against those in power have rarely yielded any results.

GB Pillai, Delhi

No gays please, we’re Indian

Apropos of the editorial A healthy tip from the Health Minister (Our Take, August 14), it’s ridiculous to say that the Union Health Minister’s assertion about gay rights in India is in the best interests of the country. Having a sexual relationship with members of the same sex is an open assault on the laws of nature and pollutes our rich heritage. Homosexuality, and any attempt to legalise it, should be condemned by all.

Syed Salman Ghani, Patna

Frittering away our freedom

Sitaram Yechury in Petty politics (Left Hand Drive, August 14) has tried to project the protests in Jammu as limited to the land allotment issue. He is wrong. He must realise that thousands of Hindus were driven away from Kashmir and many temples have been destroyed in this region. It is a shame that politicians cannot protect the rights of citizens and secure the frontiers of the country. In the process, our hard-earned independence is under threat from quarters which have never accepted being a part of India.

KM Srivastava, Bhopal

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Sitaram Yechury has correctly pointed out that the turmoil in J&K was provoked by the political parties to yield gains in the forthcoming elections. And this is not limited to J&K alone. Political manoeuvering before elections, even at the cost of human lives, is a harsh reality in this country.

Nishant Bhardwaj, Delhi

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The violence in Jammu and Kashmir has wrought havoc on life and property in the state. The miscreants have succeeded in creating a divide among people who have remained united during 20 years of insurgency. But J&K cannot be divided.

Arpan Singh, via email

But what about the others?

The decision to accept the 6th Pay Commission’s recommendations will benefit 54 lakh Central government employees and make government jobs attractive again. But will it reduce corruption in government offices? Also, 46 per cent of India’s workforce is in the unorganised sector, much of which is severely exploited without any minimum salary guarantee, working hours or other employment benefits. Now that it’s own constituency is secured, will the government please turn to the unorgnised sector?

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad