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Right direction

 

It was good that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met and had a fruitful discussion (‘Un is in’, May 6). This symbolic moment was welcomed by prominent leaders across the world. Moon and Kim have agreed to strictly adhere to an agreement that prevents the use of force in any form against one another. Hopefully, missile and nuclear weapon tests in North Korea will be a thing of the past. We want lasting peace in the Korean peninsula.

This meeting should be a stepping stone in the right direction, with more such engagements between the leaders of both the countries.

Bal Govind,

On email.

 

It was nice to see north and south Korean leaders meeting after a long time. This should be the first step towards world peace, prosperity and progress. North Korea should immediately eliminate its dangerous weapons.

P.V. Madhu,

On email.

 

I feel the complete denuclearisation of North Korea is less likely to happen. But I am glad that both these leaders met and kept outside leaders at a safe distance. Many hurdles are bound to be there in the coming days.

Donald Trump deserves praise for bringing the two leaders together.

Anju Verma,

On email.

 

Cunning moves

The BJP’s focus in Karnataka is picking holes in the Congress administration and badmouthing Congress leaders, mainly Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, apart from pumping copious amounts of money into the campaign (‘Hot seat, hotter battle’, May 6). I feel the re-emergence of the infamous Reddy brothers of Ballari on the campaign trail could turn out to be counterproductive for the BJP.

The Congress is confident of being voted back to power. But it is a tightrope walk for Siddaramaiah & Co., as the BJP might shamelessly woo the JD(S), in case no party gets a majority, and then form a government as it did in Goa and Manipur.

C.V. Aravind,

On email.

 

System failure

Kudos to R. Prasannan for a forthright column (‘PMO Beat’, May 6). As he has rightly said, India needs better law enforcement, and not more laws to reduce crimes. The multitude of appellate procedures need to be curbed to ensure speedy delivery of justice.

Even in rarest of rare cases, the accused can go for appeal in different courts. And, finally, the clemency petition reaches the president. Of late, it is observed that even the decision of the president on clemency petition can be subjected to judicial review. So, in such cases, the accused would be languishing in jail for too long a period, thereby prompting the so-called human rights activists to demand his release. Thus, it results in the rape of the system.

B.C. Unnikrishnan Nair,

On email.

 

Not good

It is extremely serious an issue that irresponsible comments are being made regarding the functioning of the apex court ever the since the four judges held a press conference (‘This week, meet…’ May 6). In doing so, what is being ignored are positive steps initiated by the judges themselves to salvage the situation substantially and restore the confidence of the people in the Supreme Court.

Also, the fact that the impeachment motion was bereft of any legal justification stands affirmed not only by the decision of the chairman of Rajya Sabha, but also by the elucidating opinions expressed by stalwarts like Fali S. Nariman, Harish N. Salve and many of us who have been witnessing the functioning of the Supreme Court for over four decades.  

Adv. M.L. Lahoty,

On email.

 

Citing “absence of credible and verifiable information” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu rightly rejected the notice submitted by seven opposition parties for a motion for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India. No wonder eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee made a scathing attack on the opposition’s decision to go for impeachment of the CJI, saying, “This is the worst that could happen to the independence of the judiciary.”

The competitive race for 2019 Lok Sabha election have contributed to the abrasion of Parliament and the higher judiciary. The political class should not be allowed to benefit from the recent controversies. I hope the Supreme Court is able to restore the people’s faith in it, and come out of the mess at the earliest.

J.S. Acharya,

On email.

 

Why the fuss?

It is unbecoming of a magazine like THE WEEK to have published an article on the Governor of Tamil Nadu patting the cheek of your reporter (‘An unwelcome touch’, April 29). It reflects the height of meanness in journalism.

I was not happy that THE WEEK made so much of hullabaloo over the issue, devoting two pages for it.
Parur S. Ganesan,

On email.

 

Invest in Nepal

It is an open secret that Nepal has better relations with China and Pakistan. India is still considered as the big brother, which is not a praiseworthy term, as many Nepalis consider India’s attitude as that of an arm-twisting neighbour (‘Himalayan flourish’, April 22).

With a strong mandate, prime minister of Nepal, K.P. Sharma Oli, looks more confident while dealing with Indian politicians and businessmen. There is much development work that remains to be done in Nepal, and Nepal expects India to invest more on its soil.

D.B.N. Murthy,

On email.

 

Her work speaks

The interview with Padma Lakshmi was interesting (‘Indians are very colour-prejudiced’, April 22). Lakshmi is a multifaceted personality. She is known not only as an author, but also as an actor, host, model and food expert. Her cookbook—Easy Exotic and Tangy—is widely acclaimed.

Lakshmi is known more for her work than her love life. She is a feminist who is happy with her complexion. She is proud to be an Indian and feels happy whenever she is in Chennai.

K.S. Thampi,

Chennai.

 

The interview with Lakshmi was awe-inspiring. She is a woman of substance, wearing several hats. Her book—Love, Loss and What We Ate—was a brilliant account of her married life and her separation from Salman Rushdie.

Jitendra G. Kothari,

Mumbai.

 

Errors

THE WEEK published two different versions of a statement from actor, politician Pawan Kalyan (‘Power heft’, May 6). [In the interview, Kalyan said, “I am more comfortable in politics than in cinema.” And in the contents page, it read, “I am more comfortable in cinema than in politics.”]. You have erred while composing. Please check for correctness.

Baby Mathew,

On email.

 

The number of seats for ‘others’ in the infographic in the Karnataka election package (‘HD Clarity’, April 29) should have been 12.

 

We regret the errors.

Editor