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india Updated: Jan 26, 2011 22:13 IST

SC's right in admonishing Sibal for his CAG and mouse game
With reference to the report SC, Joshi rap Sibal on CAG (January 22), the Supreme Court deserves appreciation for censuring telecom minister Kapil Sibal, who tried to defend the government in the 2G scam by blaming the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for misrepresenting facts. It has become fashionable for politicians to dismiss the observations of the CAG, a prestigious constitutional body that audits reports on corruption.
Suraj Yadav, Delhi

Time to square the accounts
The editorial Let's bank on recovering it (Our Take, January 24) rightly points out that the Supreme Court's directives to the government to take note of the unaccounted money which has been stashed away in foreign banks by Indians have fallen on deaf ears. The government lacks the will to confiscate this black money. If recovered, it will help us fund many social welfare schemes.
G David Milton, via email

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Switzerland with a population of eight million, provides the scum of the world a safe haven for their ill-gotten money and like a parasite fatten itself on these spoils. This is a crime against humanity. The UN must intervene and ask the country to amend its laws, publish names and cooperate with the aggrieved nations. The Indian government's posturing will not help bring back home the money that is stashed in tax havens. The Supreme Court must force the politicians to act otherwise one smells the fragrance of jasmines.
Satish Talwar, Meerut

Writing on the wall for authors
Thomas Abraham in The death of books (January 21) is right in stating that the proposed amendment to the Copyright Act will fortify piracy. It will make it difficult for authors to make money out of writing. Writers can't survive on awards and recognition. They also need money. The proposed amendment may be a boon for readers, but it will eventually destroy the publishing industry. The government must take a decision which favours both people and writers.
Namita Gupta, Delhi

Make it work for the workers
This refers to Harsh Mander's article Maximum denial (January 25). The UPA had promised to improve working conditions for unskilled and semi-skilled workers. But, ironically and unfortunately, it's decided to hold back the Minimum Wages Act. Our politicians don't think twice before revising their salaries, which they do every now and then. By denying minimum wages, the UPA is being insensitive to the plight of workers. The government should not deprive workers of their dues because of poor fiscal management on its part.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

Meddling's caused this muddle
With reference to Nayanjot Lahiri's article Absentee landlord (January 24), not only educational institutions but also many other organisations should be allowed to function independently, without any interference from the State. The government should set guidelines for itself. It should not meddle in the functioning of these institutions. Besides, regional authority in the education sector, which rests with state governments, should be withdrawn immediately to facilitate the growth of schools.
S Yusuf Hamid Ali, via email

Only the profile's changed
In his article Reshuffling the same old pack (Between Us, January 24), Pankaj Vohra makes a valid point when he states that the recent Cabinet reshuffle was an eyewash. Instead of expelling corrupt ministers from the government, the Congress has transferred them to inconspicuous ministries, which will only work to their advantage.
Sachin Kumar, via email