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Lessons for India

india Updated: Jul 31, 2007 23:29 IST

The release of Mohammed Haneef by the Australian police is an eye-opener for the Indian judiciary that has so many frivolous cases pending for years without any rhyme or reason. It is commendable that the rule of law in Australia has the capacity to effect course correction if there is any error of judgment. The Indian judicial system, too, should have such a course correction mechanism.

P Senthil Durai, Hyderabad


Mohammed Haneef’s case holds many lessons for Indians, particularly Muslims. The first duty of all educated persons should be community service. Instead, many educated Muslims, once they graduate, seem to forget their duties towards the country and community. It is time the parents of such youngsters instilled a sense of duty towards their country in them, instead of seeing their wards degrading themselves for a few dollars.

Shabana Qureshi, Chennai

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Pankaj Vohra’s article Gender’s worked for Bedi (July 30) appears to be a case of getting even with Kiran Bedi for having his car towed away in her ‘crane’ days. Are the entire print and TV media, with the exception of Vohra, wrong in criticising the government for ignoring her claim to the post of Police Commissioner? If Bedi received her share of criticism, it’s all in the line of duty.

BV Shenoy, Bangalore


The hue and cry over not appointing Kiran Bedi as Commissioner of Police, Delhi, is unwarranted. Key posts are always given on the basis of past record and not on seniority. There are several instances when Bedi failed to inform her boss of her postings and it’s become a habit for her to remain in the news.

RML Chopra, via e-mail

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