Not a political question: The Tribune India
See “BKU: Protesters Won’t Harm PM Modi”; it is good that there was no intention to harm the prime minister. But the real issue is the failure of the police to ensure a smooth passage for the Prime Minister’s convoy. No one questions the protesting farmers, but the security breach in the country’s leader’s VVIP movement is serious – anti-social elements could take advantage of the situation by mixing among the protesters to embarrass the country, so that the IB had warned of possible problems to the state government in advance. The error must be investigated and the responsibility must be corrected to avoid any unfortunate event in the future. It is necessary to avoid taking advantage of this incident by politicians, both in power and in opposition.
Ashok Kumar, by mail
Reference to the PM security breach; the question should be above party politics. The Prime Minister’s security breach in the Punjab urgently needs to be investigated and accountability addressed. That this has happened despite elaborate and multi-level protocols involving central agencies, SPG and state police underscores the gravity of the situation. It is troubling that BJP leaders, from Home Secretary Amit Shah to party spokespersons, have sought to portray the forfeiture as a conspiracy of state government. This testifies to the terrible rupture of trust between the Center and the State, between the BJP and the Congress, which is reprehensible in a multiparty democracy. It is in the interest of the BJP itself that it curbs the rhetoric. But the Channi government must also ensure that liability is visibly laid down for the default. He must act against those who have failed to secure the Prime Minister’s road.
LAL SINGH, Amritsar
Sops for votes
On the “economics of free politics”; with a rapidly growing population, it is difficult for the government to formulate a firm policy to provide employment to all in need. Even agriculture, education, health, industrial sectors are not managed properly. Since decent livelihood opportunities are not created, especially for the poor due to weak policies, the course of gifts and grants is used. In a democracy, all parties plan to compensate the poor by giving them gifts to get votes. So much of the revenue goes into unproductive spending and hinders progress. Emphasis should be placed on education, the transmission of skills, the development of entrepreneurship and the creation of appropriate mechanisms enabling young people to earn a living with dignity. Unwanted financial support to corporate houses should be stopped.
Subhash Vaid, New Delhi
After wasting three precious months on thousands of NEET-PG aspirants, the Center will soon begin counseling with the existing criteria (“NEET-PG: Nod to counseling, SC maintains quota”). The result was announced at the end of September 2021. Strikes by medical residents across the country have made the authorities aware of the urgency of launching the process of admission to PG. It is not the loss of an individual but an irreparable loss for the nation.
Sunil Chopra, Ludhiana
“A glimpse of what lies beneath judicial decisions” highlights a jurisprudential glimpse according to which a judicial decision is largely influenced by the moorings of attitude or behavior of a judge. Eminent jurist OW Holmes calls it the “major inarticulate premise,” revealing predilections or non-legal factors that influence judges’ decisions in their dispute resolution. The recent wave of public interest litigation demonstrates judicial activism reflecting the sensitization of the judiciary to social unrest, acts of executive omission, legislative overstepping. In this regard, its degree would once again depend on the predilections of the judges seized of these questions. The range of ideologies and political attitudes classifies judges as liberals, activists, conservatives or among themselves. Thus, a decision rendered by a judge cannot be completely objective in itself, as non-legal factors are liable to affect it.
Gurpreet Singh, Mohali
Uttarakhand acts wisely
Refer to “Uttarakhand Linked to Polls Bans Political Gatherings Until Jan. 16,” It was nice to hear that Uttarakhand Chief Secretary has issued new guidelines banning all political gatherings, dharnas , protests and public events, like cultural gatherings, to the huge increase in Covid cases. Significantly, all of these activities would remain suspended in the state until January 16. All other state governments tied to the ballot are expected to follow suit, as one point in time saves nine.
Kumar Gupt, Panchkula
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