The President sat over the Office of Profit Bill for three weeks despite knowing that under the Constitution he was obliged to give assent. I don’t think Parliament approving the setting up of a joint committee to define what constitutes such an office is a significant achievement on the part of the President. He could have given his assent at the first instance and avoided much embarrassment to the government and to himself.
Apropos of the editorial Punjab’s shame (August 21), those guilty in the sex-selective foeticide scandal must be punished. However, the media and our politicians portray the issue of female foeticide too simplistically. The editorial rightly suggested that steps taken to stop female foeticide are not only inadequate but misguided. A lot more needs to be done by the government and also by social workers and NGOs.
Racism hurting sports
The latest ball-tampering controversy brings out in relief the ICC’s failure to lay down the ground rules for umpires. The ICC cannot see anything beyond their white skins. This is racism at its worst, akin to apartheid.
VP Singh is in the news for siding with farmers whom he had ditched at the time of the Mandal Commission. This time he is creating ripples in Uttar Pradesh politics. It is unfortunate for the country when such politicians try to slow down the speed of growth. He is not only misguiding the poor farmers but also seeding greed among them.
Shehnai without maestro
Apropos of the report But the shehnai will play on (August 21), Ustad Bismillah Khan’s notes will continue to regale listeners. In addition to being an unmatched performer, he was a highly principled human being. Persons of such high ideals are rare indeed.
Mahesh I Sharma
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