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It is a matter of shame that the Cabinet has approved an ordinance to reverse the Supreme Court judgment mandating the immediate disqualification of lawmakers convicted for a criminal offence punishable with a jail term of more than two years.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2013 22:34 IST

The president should not sign the ordinance on convicted MPs, MLAs
It is a matter of shame that the Cabinet has approved an ordinance to reverse the Supreme Court judgment mandating the immediate disqualification of lawmakers convicted for a criminal offence punishable with a jail term of more than two years (Govt ensures convicted MPs, MLAs will not lose their seats, September 25). If the ordinance is signed into law, then it will be a huge blow to parliamentary democracy. President Pranab Mukherjee should rise to the occasion and not sign the ordinance that will deprive the people of a clean governance system.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal, via email

The Sri Lankan government must work with TNA to usher in democracy
With reference to the report, Sri Lankan Tamils vote for wider autonomy (September 23), the landslide victory of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the historic Northern Provincial Council elections in Sri Lanka is a reflection of widespread disillusionment of the ethnic Tamils with the Sri Lankan government. The newly-elected Northern Provincial Council is now faced with the daunting task of speeding the resettlement of displaced Tamils and restoring the pre-war demographic composition of the region. The party must also ensure that land taken for high security zones are returned to displaced war victims and Tamil areas are de-militarised. Now that the people in the north have given democracy a chance, the TNA should work with the Sri Lankan government to address the ethnic issues.
G David Milton, Kolkata

It is time to enact a separate law to curb honour killings
With reference to A conspiracy of silence (September 24), it is the awkward silence of our politicians, especially in Haryana, that is lending impunity to khap panchayats, caste councils, which sanction honour killing of young couples who fall in love within their gotras. This barbaric practice must end. To start with, honour killing should be made a classified crime and a separate law should be enacted to check this.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

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