The PM is right in admitting that judicial reforms are long overdue
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remark that his government is committed to improving India's judicial system is welcome ('Govt committed to judicial reform', August 19). There is a need to make the functioning of our legal system more transparent and clear the huge backlog in various courts. The proceedings of high profile cases should be aired live on television. Also, the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill should have provisions to safeguard the rights of litigators and the protection of witnesses.
Deendayal Lulla, Mumbai
It's not a new problem at all
Harsh Mander in Hate begets hate (Democracy Wall, August 21) presents an apt analysis of various incidents of communal violence in India's history. It's a pity that regionalism and communalism are flourishing even after 65 years of Independence. This is not the first time that the clash between Muslims and the Bodo community has claimed so many lives. If the State had taken some action on this earlier, the situation wouldn't have gone out of hand as it did.
OP Ratra, via email
This is just a quick-fix solution
The editorial This is not a lasting solution (Our Take, August 21) rightly mentions that punishing officials for overdrawing electricity is not the solution to India's power problems. Power minister Veerappa Moily and the UPA government need to go to the root of the problem to fix it once and for all. There is no denying that maintaining grid discipline is important. But that alone is not enough to ensure that national grids don't fail again.
Bal Govind, Noida