Open Letter http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter.rss en Wed May 20 10:36:01 IST 2020 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html open-letter-arvind-kejriwal-apology <a href="http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/29/open-letter-arvind-kejriwal-apology.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2018/3/23/aap-arvind-kejriwal-reuters.JPG" /> <p>In the world we live in, it has become standard practice for politicians to earn their bread by trading charges against each other. It is as if they are a predatory species always looking for its prey. While some of the allegations made in the public domain are so senseless as not to merit publication, it is sad to see that the media is lapping it up with glee and splashing it on the TV screens. Reams of newsprint are devoted by the mainstream print media to publish these stories without verifying the facts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fact-checking is an important aspect which should not be ignored or glossed over by the men holding public office. The media should especially take great care and ensure that it is not just reporting the allegations but also taking care to see that some facts are checked before publication. Perhaps, in a dog-eat-dog world of media, this is far too much to expect. Self-regulation in such times is almost a dream when media outlets are clamouring for attention and eye-balls.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said that, we must also realise that if after due deliberation and after both parties have agreed to settle the matter out of court by mutual consent, the matter should rest there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We must remember that litigation is costly and time-consuming. There are far more important cases in courts. But, for wasting the court's time in hearing these petitions, a heavy fine should be imposed on the parties concerned so that all players realise that the time of the courts is not wasted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>An apology in full public view would certainly be the solution in these circumstances.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Martha S.</p> <p>Shillong</p> http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/29/open-letter-arvind-kejriwal-apology.html http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/29/open-letter-arvind-kejriwal-apology.html Thu Mar 29 22:43:03 IST 2018 open-letter-hadiya-akhila-supreme-court-muslim <a href="http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/29/open-letter-hadiya-akhila-supreme-court-muslim.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2018/3/8/Hadiya.jpg" /> <p>It may well be that Hadiya (Akhila) is not approaching the apex court just for publicity but is genuinely seeking justice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Nevertheless, it is astonishing that in this day and age when Elon Musk is planning inter-planetary travel, in India, a young adult female has to approach a court of law to validate her choice of spouse and espousal of a religious faith. What an anachronism!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In any civilised society, it is a given that one can profess whatever faith (or no faith, if need be) and choose a groom of her own. It's sad that the women in this country are trapped in a patriarchal time-warp.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It should not happen in a democracy that the executive and the legislature, which comprise the bulk of the administrative apparatus in this country, are so challenged that it cannot ensure the rights of the common people and for every issue, the citizen has to rush to the courts for direction.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the Supreme Court should give a firm ruling that such an affidavit is not necessary and that it is a right of every adult in this free country to choose her husband and her religion. There should be no need for a court of law to intervene or validate such decisions which are essentially in the ambit of personal rights.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This will also serve as a pointer to all litigants who rush to the apex court when the courts are already grappling with a huge backlog of cases.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>S. Murganandtham,</p> <p>Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu</p> http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/29/open-letter-hadiya-akhila-supreme-court-muslim.html http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/29/open-letter-hadiya-akhila-supreme-court-muslim.html Thu Mar 29 22:45:24 IST 2018 open-letter-modi-jaitley-health-care-scheme <a href="http://www.theweek.in/leisure/open-letter/2018/03/03/open-letter-modi-jaitley-health-care-scheme.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/leisure/open-letter/images/2018/3/3/p-chidambaram-pti.jpg" /> <p>Dear Mr Chidambaram,</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one in the opposition, I understand your compulsions and also your adverse comments on the proposed mega health care scheme. However, let us examine the pros and cons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is incontrovertible that the country needs a universal health scheme which caters to the needs of its 1.25 billion citizens. They are currently ill-served by the poor infrastructure of the government hospitals and the unaffordable private hospitals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If we look at the proposed scheme for which just a few thousand crores of rupees have been allocated in the budget, it seems the scheme won't be a success. For a large country, more resources are needed. And before announcing the scheme, the government should have ensured better quality of government hospitals and strict regulations for the private sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadly, the Union government has done neither. Government hospitals continue to work under bureaucratic hurdles, mismanagement, ill-equipped facilities and a severe shortage of medical and quasi-medical staff. Given this scenario, the proposed health scheme will come a cropper.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said that, let us not belittle the good intentions of the Union government. Good intentions go a long way and we can expect that future governments would also do their best to improve upon it and, therefore, not derail it. The jury is out on the scheme. 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