The issue of informing death row convicts' relatives hanging fire
With reference to the report Guru kin should've been told: CJI (April 8), Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir is right in stating that the family of death row convict Afzal Guru should have been informed before his hanging as they had every right to meet him for one last time. President Pranab Mukherjee has recently rejected the mercy petitions of many death row convicts and one can only hope that this time the authorities will complete all relevant formalities on time.
Gulshan Kumar, Lucknow
No wellspring of sympathy here
This refers to the editorial Bottom of the barrel (April 9). Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar's comments on the drought in Maharashtra and the near dry dams in the state show how insensitive our politicians have become. It highlights their deep disregard for important issues. We elect our representatives on the basis of their caste, religion and gender. Perhaps deservedly, we get mocked in return. It is ironic that Pawar had to resign earlier over an allegation of misuse of funds meant for the irrigation department. It's time such politicians are shown the door.
Anil Nagrani, via email
Red beacons don't get green light
The Supreme Court's disapproval of the proliferation of beacons and sirens on VIP vehicles must make the government sit up and take notice (The SC has seen red, April 8). When politicians, bureaucrats, judicial officers and other functionaries flaunt them as symbols of state power, they appear to be more equal than ordinary citizens. The rules prohibiting over-speeding, use of horns and blinding headlights are thrown to the winds risking innocent lives. Even retired officers and the kith and kin of officers use state cars at the taxpayers' expense. The time has come to restrict the use of beacons and sirens. Protocol must be amended and the power of the State must be demystified.
G David Milton, via email