In her article Ram and Manusmriti (November 4), Barkha Dutt has raised valid questions on Ram Jethmalani’s moral compulsions. But it may be easier to understand Jethmalani’s choice of case if one considers that he is only doing what he does best. This time he has taken on the establishment in the form of the media. He has said that he was bothered, as a lawyer, to see the accused found guilty without trial. He would rather, perhaps, watch the guilty walk free than be convicted outside the court of law.
It is unfortunate that Ram Jethmalani is ready to fight cases only to satisfy his ego, justice be damned. It is ironical that one of the country’s best legal minds is ready to protect criminals. It is ironical that expensive lawyers like Jethmalani lead us to believe that the rule of law is nothing for the rich and the powerful.
Jethmalani’s decision to defend Manu Sharma is an instance of a lawyer doing his duty. The furore is meaningless. Jessica’s family has been lucky that the case has moved to this stage, thanks to the media and the public. Now it is the turn of the police and the judiciary to do their best. Why are we forgetting the police who botched up the case? Jethmalani may, in fact, do the nation a favour by further exposing the weaknesses in our judicial system.
Butchers of society
The report Stopped counting after a while (November 10) is shocking. The taxi drivers’ crime must qualify as a ‘rarest of rare’ case. This is not an impulsive killing. It is a senseless snuffing out of lives of people for the smallest of gains. The lack of remorse is appalling. This case is fit to be taken up by a fast-track court which should hand out the severest of punishments.
A vigilant media
Apropos of Rajdeep Sardesai’s First information reportage (November 10), the role of the media has been well-defined. Sting operations are justified in public interest as they expose influential people engaged in illegal activities. This only shows up the lack of accountability of those in governance. The media’s role as watchdog for justice has been underscored.
It was good to read a journalist’s point of view on this much-debated issue.
Rajdeep Sardesai correctly points out that the media are doing an excellent job in exposing the harassment of the common citizen. If, all this while, Ram Jethmalani was aware of the ‘facts’, why did he stay silent? Why would he want to suppress information? Only because he was not the lawyer in charge at the time?
Jasbir S Kalsi
No harm to N-deal
It is good to note that the Democrats too are pushing the Indo-US nuclear deal (N-deal made easier for India to digest, November 10). Americans are known to back a deal beneficial to them. Except for India’s scientists, who remain sceptical, everyone else appears to be confident about the deal. But only time will tell how far India will benefit from the deal.
Widening the gap
The editorial Lethal neglect (November 6) rightly points to the deterioration of the quality of management of the army as the reason for suicides and fratricidal killing by our soldiers. Officers are concerned about their career prospects and often compare their salary with that of civilians.
The unhappiness is acute. Instead of seeking solutions, senior officers only complain about the lack of passion among young defence officers.
Not age but efficiency
Arvind Kala’s article A house full of elders (November 3) does well in focusing on the fact that age has no bearing on the efficiency and quality of the leadership of a person. In the US and in Britain, opportunities are given to young leaders also. But it isn’t true that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been hampered by their age.
But the peculiar paradox that Arvind Kala talks of has no bearing on the issue — leadership is free of age, not for the young or for the old.
Losing the game, again
This has reference to the editorial Not bowled over (November 7). Team India’s humiliating defeat in the recent Champions Trophy has thrown up some disturbing questions.
Coach Greg Chappell is content shuffling the batting order in each and every match, while selectors have shown an unhealthy persistence with non-performers.
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