There’s a bad ring to MPs trying to get out of paying phone bills
This refers to the report MPs owe R7.30 crore in phone bills (November 23). How can Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who has to pay the Mahanagar Tele-phone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) R1.98 crore, continue to hold a constitutional post? She, along with the other MPs who have been mentioned in the Right to Information report, should be asked to explain this delay in payment. Thanks to leaders like these, government-owned companies are in bad financial health. All MPs should be asked to pay their phone bills immediately along with the late fee.
Yesu Das, via email
A crass argument for class
Some urbane qualifications notwithstanding, Sagarika Ghose’s article The elite’s on trial (Bloody Mary, November 9) remains a piece of special pleading on behalf of the elite. Acknowledging that according to the 2001 records of the National Human Rights Com-mission, three lakh poor undertrials remain in jail, she nevertheless suspects that the 2G elites are being refused bail as a mark of animus against the rich. Needless to say, elite columnists such as herself are not known to have agonised about the poor undertrials who are denied both effective legal representation and bail, often much more than the maximum punishment for their alleged crimes.
Badri Raina, Delhi
No more peace in pieces
With reference to the report Can’t stop another 26/11: Pillai (November 26), this is a shameful admission by former Union home secretary GK Pillai. Senior officers can get away with such irresponsible statements because they are in India. Moreover, Indian officers must stop harping on the old statement that the entire peace process will be derailed if there is another attack. For the Indian public, all these statements have no meaning.
Ramesh K, Mumbai
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