The headline, “Tiwari & Son” (editorial, Aug. 2) strongly reminiscent of a Dickens title, at once lets the reader understand the subject (or subjects). Ever since the Delhi High Court ruled that Narayan Dutt Tiwari is indeed Rohit Shekhar’s father, I have been irritated at the way the politician used all tricks under the sun to avoid exposure. Step after step, for years, he cowered under the cover provided by his lawyers. Even after the truth came out, he brazened it out saying it is his personal business. Mr. Tiwari, who has held high positions in the government, comes out very poorly from this episode. I am glad The Hindu thought it fit to write the editorial.
Hats off to Rohit Shekhar and his mother for their untiring efforts to assert their claim despite many hurdles! That Mr. Tiwari got away with so much jiggery-pokery for as long as he did is quite startling.
S. Arshad Ali,
Rohit Shekhar, who fought the legal battle with unflinching determination for five long years, no doubt deserves to be praised. But one wonders whether an average person can sustain such prolonged legal battles in the present judicial set-up. Only radical reforms aiming at quick and inexpensive dispensation of justice, particularly in cases involving paternity issues, can provide relief to the aggrieved.
Seshagiri Row Karry,
Despite twists and turns, Mr. Tiwari’s case has come to its logical conclusion. But what is shocking and saddening is the senior politician’s stand all through the case. A man of his stature should have gracefully accepted the claims of Rohit and his mother. At least now, he should give the issue a dignified and graceful ending.
M. Somasekhar Prasad,
Almost all leaders in Tamil Nadu take pride in quoting from the “Thirukkural” in their sermons. But do they care about morals in public life? Most leaders, as pointed out in the editorial, have more than one wife, companions and so on. All government employees are required to certify at the time of joining work that they are married and do not have more than one wife. They can be prosecuted if their undertaking turns out to be false. All morals are meant only for us.
Mr. Tiwari wasted valuable court hours for five years although he knew the truth. The court should consider imposing hefty costs on him.