Judicial Appointments: The Tribune India

Regarding ‘Opening the doors of the school’ (Nous Indica); for a democracy to survive, the judiciary must remain independent. That can only happen when the government of the day has no role in the appointment of judges. There should be an independent body like UPSC, under the supervision of the Supreme Court, to select the judges. There should be no ‘bhai-bhatijavad’ in judicial appointments. Only competent lawyers should find a place in the judiciary.

Ashok Kumar, by mail

not perfect but better

See ‘Opening of the school doors’; If you examine the appointment system in other important constitutional institutions, you will find how docile appointees at the whim of the ruling party are bypassing the constitutional mandate to appease their political bosses. The college system may not be perfect, but if it were dismantled in favor of the NJAC, the autonomy of the judiciary would be compromised and judges, like governors and other constitutional officials, would dance to the government’s tune. What’s wrong with the judge appointment process if the ‘super-specialists’ in this profession—the CJI and senior judges—recommend the elevation of junior judges based on well-defined criteria? The allegation of nepotism and opacity is not tenable until corroborated with instances of meritless naming of family members. The college system is superior to the NJAC since the latter would have a predominance of politicians who want to subvert the independence of the judiciary.

Roshan Lal Goel, by mail

the best of both

Reference to ‘Opening the doors of the school’; we should welcome the debate on the proposed NJAC versus the current college system. There should be a middle way between the two extremes: retaining the finer points of both concepts to achieve full transparency in judicial appointments. The judiciary and the executive cannot clash on the issue forever. They must reach a consensus. Like bureaucrats, we should not expect our judges to “commit” to a political party or ideology.

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taliban order

Regarding ‘Women banned from the university team’; The latest Taliban announcement is not surprising. In the recent past, we have seen them order women to cover themselves fully and female news anchors to cover their faces. These restrictions will crush your basic rights. The most recent dictation means that for a girl, education is no longer an option. Education will not only help these young women, but will also contribute to the economic growth and stability of Afghanistan. In fact, he is a long way from his promise when they took power in 2021. All those promises of restraint have evaporated into thin air.

Bal Govind, Noida

air superiority

See ‘IAF Deficiencies’; Shortage of 11 combat squadrons in inventory cannot take on a two-front war. The indigenization of weapons has saved foreign reserves and made India self-sufficient, but the speed at which it develops systems pits the country against better-equipped enemies. The development of the area near LAC and the construction of airfields by China further increase the concerns of our air warriors. Only air superiority with force multipliers can push ground forces into the enemy area. The acquisition and nationalization of weapons systems on the warpath can reduce shortages.

Wg Cdr Jasbir S Minhas (retired), Mohali

Vajpayee’s charisma

Vajpayee’s comments were peppered with anecdotal quotes (‘Vajpayee’s sense of humor’). She greeted the then Prime Minister as ‘Tu Indira nahi Durga hai’ when she came running to the Lok Sabha to deliver the news of the dismemberment of Pakistan. The former prime minister offered Kullu schoolgirls Rs 100 for sweets and apologized for the paltry amount after he went there for losing the confidence vote in 1996. Nehru could imagine this wordsmith to lead India in the future after Vajpayee referred to it as a rare Churchill amalgamation. and chamberlain. Vajpayee’s charisma transcended all social orders.

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Abhinav Sharma, Ludhiana

RFMO arrears

In reference to ‘Government reviews OROP’; It’s good for both the government and ex-military. While retirees would get their long-awaited installments, the government would recoup 20-30% of the money via 30% TDS while paying back arrears. Given the current economic situation, more money in circulation will help alleviate inflation. However, the government has not yet released the release date of the first installment of the installments. Veterans will have to wait two years before their dues are settled.

Lt Col JS Dullat (Retired), Patiala

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