Sir — It has been reported that there is a proposal to send a mission to Mars at a cost of Rs 125 crore (“Psst! Chance to win medals on Mars, too”, Aug 4 ). One wonders whether it makes sense to spend such a huge sum of money at a time when the nation is reeling under price rise and the people are going hungry. The reason cited by the government notwithstanding, it will make sense to put this project on hold. The money saved can be be used to help the poor and the needy tide over the crisis.
M.M. Kale, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Sir — One often comes across the adage, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied.’ I recently discovered the wisdom behind this adage. My husband expired in 2007 due to gross negligence on the part of doctors. I approached almost every organization concerned to get justice but to no avail.
I filed two cases before the appropriate legal authorities in 2012. The cases were admitted with difficulty. What happened thereafter was even more shocking. After two months, the court directed my son, who was attending the hearing on my behalf, to send a copy of the complaint to the defendants either through registered post or by hand. This, however, is the duty of the court’s staff. When my son pointed this out to the court, he was informed that there was a shortage of staff and that if we wanted speedy justice, we would have to take the pains to deliver the document ourselves.
Over two months were wasted as the complaint was lying in the court instead of being sent to the defendants along with the notice of hearing. Due to this lapse, the defendants have gained time to prepare their replies to the complaints.
Such lapses on the part of judicial officers are not only likely to boost the morale of wrongdoers but also keep people from approaching the courts for justice. The staff shortage cited by the court may have resulted from the misuse of manpower resources.
The right to justice is a fundamental right that is guaranteed by the Constitution to the people of this country. But such incidents amount to a violation of the people’s fundamental rights .
Meera Jhangiani, Dwarka, New Delhi
Sir — There is no denying the fact that Yuvraj Singh is second to none in Twenty20 cricket (“Hard to express feelings: Yuvraj”, Aug 12). But Singh is convalescing after his battle with a dreaded disease. There was absolutely no point in hurrying Singh’s inclusion in India’s T20 squad. His selection will result in depriving a younger talented player from being included in the team.
Tusar Kanti Kar, Howrah
Sir — I am a student and I usually avail of the day’s first Metro train. It rains on most mornings these days and, as a result, the seats in the train compartments remain wet. Most of the passengers cannot sit on them. A few others end up wiping the seats with their handkerchiefs. On some occasions, I have seen passengers slipping on account of the water inside even airconditioned coaches. Metro Railway has earned a bad name for itself. There is no doubt that the maintenance department is not doing its job to keep the services on track.
Subhrodip Mohanta, Calcutta