Apropos of the report After 57 yrs, return of the Cheetah (July 8), while the news is heart-warming, the real picture is not so rosy. In a country where the national animal, the tiger, is on the verge of extinction, how wise is it to reintroduce another animal, ignore it after sometime and let it disappear again? We know that illegal poaching is rampant and the government has failed to ensure protection to wild beasts. Also, when it comes to increasing forest cover and providing better resources to our wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, government schemes never take off.
Shilpi K. Chowdhury, via email
Omissions of inquiry
Ashok Malik, in his article If you want to freeze things… (July 4), is right in saying that commissions of inquiry serve no purpose and, hence, are a waste of the taxpayers’ money. Their findings are generally biased and rarely transparent. Setting up a commission is perhaps the easiest way to divert public attention from the main issue. It’s a way to make everyone, including the media, believe that the government is serious in its intention of getting to the bottom of the matter.
Abhishek Nagar, Delhi
It took 17 long years for the Liberhan Commission to prepare its report on the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Even then, it doesn’t say anything that’s startlingly new or different from what we’ve known all this while. Instead, all these years resulted in people forgetting the matter and allowed those accused to roam freely. The Commission gave a retired judge, Justice M.S. Liberhan, to do something to do in his free time. What’s disheartening is that crores of public money was spent on a Commission that came up with stale information.
B.K. Sinha, Varanasi
The only people who benefit by commissions of inquiry are retired judges who get an opportunity to earn easy money. Take the case of the Liberhan Commission. Isn’t it shocking to see how Justice Liberhan stretched the inquiry into the Ayodhya issue for 17 years and utilised government accommodation, money and other benefits all this while? And after spending Rs 8 crore, all it told the nation was something that everybody’s known for 17 years. Thus, it is in the national interest that the government puts a limit on the expenditure and time period allowed for such commissions.
SK Wasan, Noida
One unites, the other divides
Sagarika Ghose’s article Inclusiveness, inch by inch (Bloody Mary, July 8) that compared Section 377 with the Budget made for interesting reading. The Budget is a means to bring about a positive change in terms of national development and the economy. It benefits everyone in some way or the other. However, decriminalising homosexuality will do more harm than good to society. Homosexuality is abnormal and unnatural. Would those supporting the cause allow their children to get in such a relationship?
Rajiv Chopra, Dehradun
With alms wide open
This is with reference to the editorial Beg your pardon (The Pundit, July 9). Let’s face it: exceptions are part of the rule. Perhaps, that’s what justifies Abdul Gali’s fortune. It is awe-inspiring that a mendicant boasts of Rs 80,000 in his bank account and possesses Rs 13 lakh worth of post-office deposits. And the best part of this rags-to-riches story is that he rightfully earned all this money. It is heartening to realise that Gali put dedication and sincerity into his ‘job’. It should be a lesson to all those who desire to get rich overnight.
Ila Sankrityayan, via email