Letters to the Editor - May 3, 2019

Azhar listing

The UN Security Council has finally designated Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and it is a symbolic win for India (Page 1, “UN Security Council designates Masood Azhar as global terrorist”, May 2).

Now, how much of terrorism pursued by this man in India can be arrested remains to be seen. The common man also needs to know the exact details about the behind-the-scene diplomatic activities. The role of certain countries in West Asia in supporting terrorism needs to be exposed which could be difficult as the U.S. supports some of these regimes.

A. Bhuyan,

Nagaon, Assam

In reality, it is the European countries and the U.S. and the U.K. that played pivotal roles in pressuring China to toe the line. But there is no denying the fact that the UNSC’s action will be extremely beneficial for India which has also been working hard to ensure that Pakistan is forced to initiate action against Azhar. India should now mount pressure on the UN and the clutch of nations that are on the same page as India as far as fighting terrorism is concerned to ensure that India’s most wanted are extradited to face trial in Indian courts.

C.V. Aravind,


Election 2019

The general election in 2019 is a historic one as its results will affect Indians for many years. The narrative this time is mostly on race and religion rather than an evaluation of progress made from 2014. The discerning public would like to know the truth about demonetisation, two crore new jobs and steps to recover black money. This election is very much about the role of the Election Commission of India, which is supposed to monitor all candidates and ensure that the rules are followed. However, the EC is either too timid or biased against the Opposition. Most candidates in the ruling party are polarising the electorate. The worst part is the Indian media which is not being objective. An independent media is the backbone of India’s democracy and if it is being strangled, democracy and freedom will be impacted.

Zen Bhatia,

Ontario, Canada

Against natural justice

It is unfortunate that the former Supreme Court staffer, who has alleged sexual harassment by the Chief Justice of India has been denied even the basic opportunity of being assisted by a lawyer which goes against the principles of natural justice (Page 1, “Ex-SC staffer walks out of Bobde panel hearing”, May 1.) In such a situation, the judges concerned on seeing the woman’s plight, helplessness and inexperience, should have come forward to help her. The obstacles she faced (listed in the report) give the impression that the inquiry is a mere procedural formality. If this facility had been given, nothing would have been lost. For example, in Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay vs. D.R. Nadkarni, the Supreme Court held that when an employee is pitted against trained prosecutors, it would amount to denying the principle of equality when an employee is denied permission to engage a legal practitioner to defend themselves. Such an inference can be drawn when a helpless employee is pitted in an inquiry conducted by Supreme Court judges. The committee has to remind itself that the preamble to the Constitution, which is part of the basic structure, begins with the words ‘We the people.’ The committee has to ensure that the inquiry should satisfy the people of India that it has been more than fair.

N.G.R. Prasad,

Ram Siddhartha,


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