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Undermining the image of the EC

Apropos of the report President rejects move to dismiss Chawla (March 2), the government has tarnished the image of the Election Commission (EC) by dismissing the Chief Election Commissioner’s report.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 23:40 IST
Hindustan Times

Apropos of the report President rejects move to dismiss Chawla (March 2), the government has tarnished the image of the Election Commission (EC) by dismissing the Chief Election Commissioner’s report. The Centre has clarified that N Gopalaswami had no independent authority to recommend Navin Chawla’s removal. But what happened to the charges levelled against him? Have they been lost amidst the tussle between the government and the CEC? It is necessary to draw a line of jurisdiction between the executive, the EC and the judiciary to avoid similar situations in future.

P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad

Together we can

Ashok Malik in his article Masters of a new game (March 2), has pointed out that compatibility among various parties is important for a successful coalition. But what is most important is the presence of trust between the parties to work in unison towards national development. The party members need to have a larger national agenda which shouldn’t be hindered by party ideologies and personal interests. All kinds of national, religious and cultural preferences will have to be set aside. Only then will the next government be able to take India to a higher level of development.

Amit Mehta, Delhi

Dry response, drying problems

With reference to the editorial Nothing left to tap into (Our Take, March 2), if the government does not take immediate action, the future will hold little hope for all living beings. Overuse, mismanagement of water resources and wastage have contributed to the depletion of water resources. This has drastically brought down the groundwater level. The authorities must now wake up and institute proper checks in order to catch offenders and check the problem. A strict implementation of laws is the need of the hour.

Kamal Sethi, Gurgaon


It is an established fact that groundwater is a dynamic resource which flows in defined channels. During the pumping of groundwater the flow pattern is affected. Thus, landowners should have the right only to water collected/disposed within their land that does not affect the normal flow path of groundwater. Groundwater is a resource shared by many and its depletion will, obviously, affect everyone. The problem should be controlled before it escalates and threatens our existence.

Saleem Romani, via email

Tough times have just begun

Apropos of the report Dhaka mutiny (March 2), Bangladesh is again going through a turbulent phase. Sheikh Hasina’s landslide victory hasn’t gone down well with the Islamist groups that masterminded the BDR revolt in a bid to overthrow her government. Hasina has been fortunate that the mutiny was nipped in the bud and the army stood by her. She not only needs to be more vigilant now but must also ensure good governance if she wishes to retain popular goodwill.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Mapping it all wrong

This is with reference to an article carried by the Hindustan Times and written by Kamal Siddiqi that had a Karachi dateline (Pakistan rocked, October 29, 2008). The map with the story erroneously shown a portion of the state of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. The publication of maps depicting inaccurate external boundaries of India is tantamount to questioning the territorial integrity of India, which is a cognisable offence as per Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961.

JPS Verma, Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi

Our reply: The depiction of Jammu and Kashmir with the news report was erroneous. There was no intent of questioning the territorial integrity of India. The error is regretted.