Get real

Get real

* This refers to 'Juhapura in 3D' (IE, December 15) by Vandita Mishra. The writer ponders on the situation of Daryapur and Juhapura, Ahmedabad's two Muslim-dominated areas. These areas suffer from political negligence and have been left behind in the state's development. The evidence from these regions seems to question India's claims of being a secular and democratic country, and is a blot on a nation that wants to play a more dominant role in international affairs.

— Nirat Pandey

Chandigarh

Choosing friends

* INDIA appears to be trying to please both Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's military junta for its own interests ('Balancing act: India tries to keep both Suu Kyi, junta happy', IE, December 15). But while doing a balancing act, one can make a mistake, and in this case, India could be risking the goodwill of both. While having a foot in both camps, India should not be seen as acting on its own selfish motives. Pragmatism should not become opportunism. We must read between the lines of what Suu Kyi stated during her recent visit to India.

— Satwant Kaur

Mahilpur

Working together

* THIS refers to 'Top-heavy justice' by Nick Robinson (IE, December 17). The Supreme Court and the high courts are duty-bound to hear "filtered cases" and make decisions based on substantial points of law, or bring to light mistakes that the subordinate courts make in interpreting the law. But now a large chunk of cases involve violations of fundamental rights, PILs and writ petitions. Lower branches of the judiciary have little or no power over these. Magistrates need to be empowered and infrastructural bottlenecks must be removed in lower courts to speed up the process of justice. Trust must be established between judges to reduce the frequency with which previous rulings are rejected.

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