Negotiate this minefield of greed and corruption in mining
With reference to the report Supreme Court bans mining in Bellary (July 30), the apex court has taken a welcome initiative to ban mining operations over 11,000 hectares in Bellary. It has further asked for a report on the environmental impact of illegal mining. The court's directive would not have been necessary but for the failure of the executive to control the unrestrained rape of nature to satisfy the greed of mining companies, working in collusion with politicians. The court's ruling must be applied to all cases of illegal mining in the country so that holistic measures can be evolved to solve the problem.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
Hold fast, but do it quietly
With reference to the editorial Why fast and be furious? (Our Take, July 30), Anna Hazare and other activists of the civil society have every right to sit on a protest fast to coerce the government into introducing a Lokpal Bill that is capable of tackling India's systemic corruption. But it must be kept in mind that ordinary citizens do not want the agitation to disrupt their normal life and activities.
CBS Venkataramana, Mumbai
This is the ninth time, since the 1960s, that the Lokpal Bill is being considered for presentation in Parliament. Unfortunately, it has excluded the prime minister and higher judiciary from its purview and has also chosen to ignore the conduct of law-makers inside Parliament. One fails to understand the purpose of having a law that protects those in positions of authority. It is neither transparent nor capable of arresting corruption. Anna Hazare must revive his demands.
NR Ramachandran, via email
He cannot bail out of jail
The Delhi High Court is absolutely justified in asking for Suresh Kalmadi's attendance record in the previous Lok Sabha sessions and the extent to which he had participated in the House proceedings (HC to Kalmadi: what's the need to attend Parliament, July 30). A member who has been jailed for corrupt practices should not participate in framing laws for the country. The only thing required is his attendance in jail.
Harischandra Parshuram, Mumbai