Cabinet's decision to withdraw the ordinance is a welcome move
The Cabinet's decision to withdraw the ordinance on convicted lawmakers as well as the Bill that sought to amend the Representation of the People Act is welcome (Cabinet kills bill and ordinance to protect convicted MPs, MLAs, October 3). A few days ago, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's statement that the ordinance must be torn up received wide criticism and he was slammed for disrespecting the prime minister. However, it is too early to say whether the SC verdict on disqualification of lawmakers will be implemented in a proper manner. It is hoped that this will be a major step in keeping corrupt people out of office.
Mohd Mudassir Alam, Bihar
Sushilkumar Shinde's statement will damage India's secular fabric
This is with reference to Speaking out of turn once again (Our Take, September 25). Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's comment should be analysed in the context of the time it has been made. Come elections, and all the 'secular' parties go out of the way to please the minority communities. It is foolish to expect that Shinde will learn from past mistakes. It would have been better if the minister had asked the police to be more sensitive towards people from all communities, rather than highlighting just one. It is high time all political leaders realised that such statements are straining the secular fabric of the nation.
Rajendra Kulkarni, Indore
It is wrong to assume that all government employees are corrupt
Bharat Jhunjhunwala in Keeps accounts in order for accountability (October 2) quotes R Vaidyanathan of IIM Bangalore, stating that government servants collect bribes adding up to Rs 1,53,000 crore per year when the salary bill of the government is Rs 37,000 crore. He concludes that the total income of an entry-level employee may be reckoned at Rs 92,000. This is an absurd inference. First of all, not all employees are corrupt. The corrupt may enjoy a luxurious lifestyle but the honest are barely able to make both ends meet. However, it is no one's case that corrupt employees should not be punished.
SP Kanjliai, via email