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Overrule the objection

Apropos of the report Sack my colleague: CEC Gopalaswami to President (February 1), the Chief Election Commissioner has no jurisdiction to recommend the dismissal of his colleague.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2009 22:12 IST

Apropos of the report Sack my colleague: CEC Gopalaswami to President (February 1), the Chief Election Commissioner has no jurisdiction to recommend the dismissal of his colleague. He may express his opinion on the matter only when the government asks him. It is unfortunate that Gopalaswami and Chawla have been at loggerheads for over two years. The CEC’s recommendation, at a time when the general elections are around the corner, cannot be treated as bona fide. It is a betrayal of the people’s faith in the democratic system and shows India up poorly to other nations.

S.K. Wasan, Noida

II

It is not the time to cast aspersions on the Chief Election Commissioner, in light of the motive and timing of his recommendation to remove Navin Chawla, but to analyse the integrity and impartiality of our Election Commission. Parties and people are secondary. Previously, the Congress-led UPA government had rejected the NDA’s demand to remove Chawla. Now when he has become controversial within the Commission itself, the UPA government is eroding its own credibility by sticking with him. In fact, Chawla should gracefully offer his resignation and save the institution rather than safeguarding his own position.

M.C. Joshi, via email

III

There appears to be no authority to verify the veracity of the Chief Election Commissioner’s reasons for recommending the removal of a colleague, an unusual step in itself. Should we find fault only with the timing of the tiff or ponder over the reasons that could have prompted the extreme step taken by the CEC? As far as the UPA is concerned, the comrades will always be at hand to rescue each other. Let the BJP cry foul from every rooftop. Nobody even bothers about it.

C.N.N. Nair, Mumbai

Half-baked ideas

Apropos of the report Pub assault (February 2), it seems that politicians like Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa are unaware of the concept of either a pub or pub culture. The pub culture only reflects the evolution of a transforming society. Indian youth is open-minded and enthusiastic. As long as this pub culture does not violate any norms of public behaviour or interfere with the smooth functioning of the State, any move to ban it will only invite trouble between the common man and the government.

Iqbal Narain, Delhi

Equal opportunities for all?

With reference to the report Muslims want quota in jobs, education (February 2), the demand of Muslims for reservation in education and employment is amusing. In the case of the SCs and the STs, there at least exists the theory that they were oppressed for centuries. But here, Muslims ruled the world for over 1,000 years. Also, as per our Constitution, Muslims, being minorities, have the right to set up their own educational institutions. The moot question is: should reservation be provided to people to overcome their self-created backwardness?

C. Ramesh, via email

Correction

The two letters, Stop shortchanging children (February 2) and Dangerous liaisons (February 3), were contributed by M.M. Ali, and not by G. Chandra and M. Kumar respectively. The errors are regretted.