Kudos to Vir Sanghvi for making the issue of encounter killings easy to understand (Encounters have our sanction too, Counterpoint, September 13). The real problem lies with our judicial system, which cannot deliver speedy justice. The common man won’t ever approve of encounter killings, even if terrorists don’t deserve extended court battles. It is also discouraging for our security personnel, who risk their lives to catch terrorists only to see them walk free later becuase the judiciary fails to perform its duty.
R.N. Kohli, via email
In the absence of a strong judiciary, people will support execution over prosecution. But it’s also true that fake encounters have done more harm than good to the police's credibility. In a civilised society, the policy of killing people just because they are suspected criminals can be counter-productive, as seen in the Ishrat Jahan case. The only answer to this problem lies in dispensing speedy justice through special courts.
Ashok Goswami, via email
When it rained chaos
Karan Thapar's views in Who's Responsible (Sunday Sentiments, September 13) hold true for all major cities. One spell of rain is enough to bring the traffic to a standstill. Thapar is right in stating that it is an annual phenomenon and authorities fail to perform their duties every year. But we cannot ignore the role of errant drivers who add to the chaos. Perhaps if people cooperate with each other, it would help the traffic police to do their job efficiently.
Rhishikesh Lakhote, via email
Commuters were unable to decide whether to cheer a good spell of much-awaited rain or regret getting caught in traffic jams that the rain brought along with it. Blame it on the capital's bad drainage system or the absence of traffic policemen at major points, but the bottom line is that rains don't bring joy to Delhi commuters.
Prashant Solomon, via email
The enemies within
It was both amusing and thought-provoking to read Manas Chakravarty's article Adulterated nation (Loose Canon, September 13). It's true that corruption and a 'chalta hai' attitude pose a threat to India's future.
The failure of the Chandrayaan project and doubts over whether Pokhran II was successful hamper India's ambitious plan of becoming a superpower in the future.
Munmun Telang, Indore
It doesn’t make sense
It seems Indrajit Hazra has perfected the art of presenting his opinions on the least relevant topics (I want to be No. 32, Red Herring, September 13). It was not clear what Hazra wanted to say through his article. Instead of wasting his writing skills on irrelevant issues, he should concentrate on significant topics that concern the masses.
Mansoor Ilahi, Aligarh
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