Apropos of Information technology (January 4), Ajit Bhattacharjea correctly says that the RTI Act is a path-breaking one. Transparency in governance is as much aspired for by honest public servants as by other citizens. An RTI applicant neither needs to show a prima-facie material interest in the application nor there is any limit prescribed on the information that he/she can seek in one single application. This has already resulted in the misuse of the Act by vested interests that need to be looked into.
Sins of commission
The editorial Karmic commission (January 4) is a true account of investigating in most issues. Now everyone believes that a commission is set up by the government only to prolong the case and not to look into its recommendations. It is also used as a tool to conceal facts, give a clean chit to a favoured few and harass opponents.
Rajdeep Sardesai in Ghosts in the machine (January 5), has wondered why news channels are creating big news out of trivia. He has missed out on a national news channel dwelling on astrological forecasts in the peak morning hours.
It is true that sensational news is popular. If a channel shows how an IPS officer turns into a male Radha because of his hallucinations, it provides comical relief to the public at large. There must be a judicial balance between serious and sensational news coverage.
The execution of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on the day of Eid is an example of American arrogance. Despite world-wide protests, the Bush administration went ahead with the execution which has made Saddam a hero in the Arab world. It is nothing but a hopeless attempt by Washington to cover up its failures. This has escalated the civil war in Iraq and fuelled tensions between Sunnis and Shias.
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