The price to pay for honesty
With reference to the article Standing up for Honesty (The Big Story, August 11), over the years, several civil servants, who refuse to toe the political line, have been harassed either with frequent transfers or abrupt suspensions. SDM Durga Shakti Nagpal is just the latest victim of this ugly trend.
It is sad that little is done to save civil servants, environmentalists, journalists and other social activists who raise their voice against illegal activities from political action. Looking at the current situation, I think we need to revisit the constitutional provision providing protection to civil servants.
This will not only help civil servants do their job honestly but will also promote an impartial and non-political civil service. The delay in the passage of the Whistleblowers Protection Bill in Parliament is also making people lose faith in the government.
Mahesh Kapasi, via email
Caught in a political time warp
With reference to the article Unleash the tidal force (Chanakya, August 11), it is sad that young politicians have failed to make any difference. Young politicians, I think, are brimming with ideas but are unable to execute them as the reins of the political system still lie in the hands of the old guard.
Take a young, tech-savvy Akhilesh Yadav for example. Parallel power centres in Uttar Pradesh have made it difficult for him to govern the state independently. His decisions are often vetted by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who many believe is the de facto chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Kamala Kumari, via email
Making the wrong pitch
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article Getting off very lightly (Sunday Sentiments, August 11). It is wrong on the part of the writer to suggest that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision of not letting Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool to play in the Zimbabwe series was a humiliation not just for him but also for his state.
The writer must realise that selecting a winning combination outweighs the need to accommodate all players. Rasool is not the first cricketer to ever sit on the bench while touring with the team. Team selections should always be looked at from a sporting prism and not a political one.
Namit Gupta, via email
Rasool was not selected to the team because he belongs to Kashmir. To even suggest something like this is tantamount to belittling his achievements. Selection should only be done on the basis of merit.
The onus of national integration does not lie just with politicians. By letting Rasool play, Virat Kohli, as the captain of the Team India, could have sent a positive signal to Kashmiris. Does a person with one-dimensional thinking deserve to be Team India’s captain?
PC Sinha, Patna
Losing ground, literally
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Don’t lose the plot (Red Herring, August 11), the author’s writing style is ingenious, however, I wish he had included the fact that the central government, fearing a law and order problem, got a stay on a Gujarat High Court order directing the demolition of temples and mosques encroaching on public land.
Anil Sharma, via email
One must appreciate the Gujarat government for demolishing illegal temples despite facing flak from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. It is appalling that religious sentiments are often used to violate the law in our country.
Ramesh Agarwal, Kanpur
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