The name game

The names of roads in our cities and towns should be short and simple so that abbreviations are not needed. In Delhi, for example, it would have been better if Kasturba Gandhi Marg (abbreviated in daily usage by one and all as K. G. Marg) had been named Kasturba Marg. Similarly, naming Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital (reduced to LNJP Hospital in daily usage) simply as Loknayak Hospital would have kept the memory of the great leader alive in a more befitting manner.

Further it is wrong to translate popular nouns as is done in the case of Parliament Street/Sansad Marg. Renaming historic names quite familiar to users should also be avoided. For instance, there was no need to rename the good old Flagstaff Marg. The tradition of describing roads and streets as “Marg” in Delhi should be retained like “Sarani” in Kolkata and “Salai” in Chennai.

Also, there are too many Arjun Nagars and Krishna Markets in the Capital. Similar sounding names for colonies like Pratap Nagar and Rana Pratap Bagh cause endless confusion. Duplicate naming also should be done away with by giving new names to roads, colonies, markets and other places with similar or same names.

Madhu Agrawal,

1775, Kucha Lattushah, Dariba, Chandni Chowk, Delhi – 110 006.

Modernise madrasas

Acting on the Sachar Committee’s recommendation to link madrasa education with the mainstream, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development plans to set up a Central Madrasa Board on the lines of the Central Board of Secondary Education. The new Board should be set up through an Act of Parliament with the objective of introducing modern subjects at the madrasas.

The Board would be an autonomous organisation free from any interference by the government. It will offer multiple options to madrasa students. They can continue with their madrasa education or shift to mainstream education. The Board will benefit madrasa students by making the madrasa certificates acceptable in the public and private sectors. Only those Ulema who have established their hegemony on madrasas are opposed to formation of the proposed Board as they see it as a threat to their control. Most of the big madrasas in India have been captured by particular families. For example, Dar-al-Uloom Deoband is dominated by the Madni family, Natwatu Ulama is controlled by the Hasani family and Dar-al-Ulloom Saharanpur was divided into two groups because of leadership claims. A dispute is under way at All India Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind between uncle and niece for leadership. Maulana Wali Rahmani of Jamia Rahmia, Monger, dominated by the Rahmani family, is opposed to the proposed new Board because the State Government rejected his Rs.7.5-crore project for modernising madrasa education. Such Ulema are more concerned about their personal interests than the interests of the community and the nation. They should not be allowed to exploit the common Muslims in the name of Islam and its dignity. Mahmood Alam Siddiqui,

003, Old Mahanadi Hostel, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110 067.

Wanted: All-India service

The Union Law Minister has decided to appoint 15,000 retired judges for a two-year period to reduce arrears in trial courts. The step appears to be welcome but not quite so in the light of frequent calls by the Chief Justice of India on several occasions to motivate bright young law graduates to join judicial services.

If the same old people are appointed again, how will the young ever get a chance to prove their merit? This is why many law graduates are opting for multinational companies and law firms.

To attract youth towards judicial services, they should be also given an equal opportunity. An All-India Judicial Service under article 312 of the Constitution should be created for such services hold a great attraction for the young. The structure of the judiciary at the subordinate level has deteriorated and there is no uniform recruitment policy. The recruitment process takes two to four years for completion. The prime age, youth, vigour, enthusiasm and energy of the candidates is thus lost. The issue of creating such a service is discussed, deliberated upon, but not acted upon on one pretext or the other.

If the Government is serious about judicial reforms, it should introduce a Bill in Parliament for creation of an IJS during the winter session of Parliament itself.

Saurabh Sinha,

8, Bachchaji Apartments, Stanley Road, Allahabad – 211 002.

The age bar

After a period of 14 months, the Delhi High Court has advertised vacancies for Delhi Judicial Services. But to the disappointment of many aspirants, the age limit for the exam has been reduced from 32 years to 30. This sudden change has been effected without informing the prospective candidates well in advance.

This has left aspirants like me high and dry who have been preparing for the exam since last year. Worse still, the requirement of age is reckoned on January 1, 2011, rather than 2010, for under service rules the aspirant has to be within the age limit on January 1 following the date of commencement of exam which is now scheduled for January 31, 2010. This makes matters much more complex.

The Supreme Court time and again has reiterated that judicial recruitment ought to be conducted within the rules governing the judicial services. But if no regular or periodic judicial recruitment is conducted by selection agencies, whether it is the Public Service Commission or the High Court, why should the aspirants be penalised for no fault of theirs?

Hemant Kumar,

Advocate, Punjab & Haryana High Court (Chandigarh), Sector 7, Urban Estate, Ambala City (Haryana).

Fill the Benches

The common man is most scared of three things — the police, the courts and the doctor. In all three he sees harassment, heavy expenditure, and a huge drain on time.

While he fears the courts because of long waits and repeated ‘tareekhs’ (hearing dates), he still has great faith in our judiciary. It is one of the strongest pillars of Indian democracy. No compromise should be made in selection of judges. They should be highly capable, with a clean service record, and men/women of conscience. Many such people are available in the practising fraternity. Most of these legal luminaries, however, decline to accept the role for personal reasons. They should look beyond personal gains and accept the judgeship for the greater good. It will help overcome the problem of delayed justice to a large extent.

Madhu R. D. Singh,

Army Public School, Nicholson Road, Ambala Cantt – 133 001.

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