Letters to the editor

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Published: April 8, 2015 12:36:29 AM

Shared powers, but not onus

Shared powers, but not onus
The ongoing interaction between the executive and the judiciary could be highly rewarding, if only there is less of confrontation and more of debate. In the days of yore, the roles of the king and the chief adjudicator were rolled into one. The Tamil epic Cilappatikaram, dated around the start of Christian era, tells of the Pandyan king who died of remorse on the throne for wrongly convicting an innocent citizen. Thus, both the executive and judiciary together paid the ultimate price for miscarriage of justice. Separation of powers, evolved over modern times, can not alter this shared onus. Compulsions of modern day economics that has essentially the GDP as a measure of “growth” has sadly egged on this conflict between progress and the law. Now, this element of “perception” of very recent origin tends to provide another acute angle to what was being seen as healthy judicial activism hitherto. The purpose the current debate must be to find common cause in the grey areas between the “pillars of the Constitution” and not in delineating the black and the white into the absolute—which can be highly pedantic, but futile and endless.
R Narayanan

Hosting the Olympics
Apropos of the editorial ‘Olympic ambitions’ (April 6), there are always ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments on organising a mega sporting event like the Olympics, specially when a developing country like India wants to play host. Yes, the proposed expenditure of around $50 billion can be utilised in alleviating poverty or for infrastructural projects where the requirements are mammoth and unending. The earnings from tourism will not match the huge investment involved. But international-standard games villages, grounds, pools, etc, will be created from which the games will be hefty. The reputation to be earned through hosting an Olympics meet will be immense and help achieve international accolade. When we have sent a satellite to the Red Planet and are going to surpass China in GDP growth, we can shoulder the responsibility of hosting the Olympics by slashing a fraction of our defence expenditure. No hell will break loose and create a Greece-like situation for India!
Debabrata Sengupta

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