Sunday Letters

Many barriers for those behind bars

The article India’s jailhouse shock (Chanakya, March 17) rightly highlights the perils of our porous prison system. The first problem that the Tihar authorities must tackle is the crowding of the prison.

It is also essential that criminals be categorised in accordance with the severity of their crime. The suicide of Ram Singh has revealed several loopholes in what should be a watertight system. 

Gulshan Kumar, via email


Indian jails are defined by discrepancy. While influential inmates can enjoy luxuries like television and home-cooked meals, common prisoners often suffer the lack of basic necessities.

Not only is it time to introduce a strict code of conduct for prisoners, there is also a need for granting them equal rights.

Deendayal M Lulla, Mumbai

Stay clear of choppy waters

With reference to Karan Thapar’s article When in India... (Sunday Sentiments, March 17), India displayed an excess of generosity in letting the accused Italian marines leave.

Indian undertrials have hardly ever been allowed to travel to their hometowns on the pretext of a festival or an election. In order to avoid such diplomatic tangles in the future, the government’s legal luminaries must intervene with greater alacrity.

CP Chinda, Delhi


Much has been said about the Italian government’s betrayal and the Indian judicial system’s failings. Few, however, have made mention of the families the dead fishermen have left behind. Having lost their bread winners, they are the ones who are in most need of justice.

Shriram Bapat, via email

Time to fix the need for a fix

Navneet Sharma’s article Living the high life (The Big Story, March 17) should be an eye-opener for the authorities. The spread of drug addiction in Punjab has now acquired alarming proportions.

By targeting only small couriers and by leaving out the big fish, the government’s measures of containment have been cosmetic at best. Very often, political complicity helps an illegal trade thrive. In our fight against drugs, we must clean the system, bottom up and top down. 

Vitull K Gupta, Bhatinda


If it weren’t for the nexus among peddlers, drug lords and corrupt officials, drug smuggling in Punjab would never have been this pervasive. It is unfortunate that authorities concerned lack the seriousness required to tackle this menace.  

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Protest, but keep it peaceful

Neyaz Farooquee’s article The anatomy of protest (Focus, March 17) rightly mentions that peaceful protest is a democratic right, but over the years it has been noticed that public protests, have on some occasions, led to vandalism. There is documented evidence of protesters attacking public property.

These acts of violence are deplorable and if left unpunished, vandalism will become an unfortunate tag that will accompany even the most well-meaning protest.

Mahesh Kapasi, via email

Credit where it is not due

In the article Mister clean up? (Variety, March 17), the writer lists many of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s achievements. The CM has, for instance, been credited with making the process of appointing a lokayukta more transparent.

Oddly, however, the BJP has failed to pass the Lokayukta Bill despite the 100-day promise it had made during the elections. A more critical appraisal of the BJP CM is required.  

R Joseph, Mumbai

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