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Unwarranted

I do not understand why so much noise is being made over the leakage of the Liberhan Report. Inquiry reports prepared at the cost of taxpayers’ money are meant for viewing by the public. The Right to Information has been recognised and there is a crying need for transparency.

Why, in the first place, should secrecy be maintained over a report till the government chooses to table or suppress it?

S.P. Asokan,

Chennai

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The hue and cry over the report’s leak is unwarranted. The media have fulfilled their responsibility of being an effective watchdog.

Y.N. Harish,

Bangalore

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The media, which published the report on the Liberhan Commission’s findings, notwithstanding the fear of being accused of committing a breach of parliamentary privilege, deserve praise. One wonders why there was such a hue and cry.

The chairpersons of all inquiry commissions should hold a press conference at the time of submitting their reports. The government, anyway, has a right to accept or reject a report. What is wrong if people get to see it first?

Hemant Kumar,

Chandigarh

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All enquiry commission reports should be placed in the public domain as soon as they are ready. People are supreme, not their representatives. It is well known that the Opposition is more interested in stalling the proceedings in Parliament rather than doing useful work. When the Mukherjee Commission report on the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was tabled, there was hardly any discussion. It lies buried in the archives like all other reports.

C.K. Sharma,

Gurgaon

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Scores of official documents have been leaked with impunity for decades. The issue is the substance of the report — how long the Liberhan Commission took to submit the findings and how it conducted the inquiry. This is perhaps the only Commission which has taken 16-and-a-half years and sought 48 extensions to submit a report. This is also perhaps the only Commission which has indicted a person without asking him to depose.

The government should bury the report. It may be recalled that after three inquiry commissions into the truth of Subhas Chandra Bose’s death, we still do not know where he died and when he died.

T.H. Chowdary,

Secunderabad

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Of what significance is indicting Mr. Vajpayee, who was not once summoned before the Liberhan Commission? The Babri Masjid demolition was a blot on the secular conscience of this nation and even after 17 years, we have not fixed the responsibility for it and the violence that followed.

This is one of the moments when one would hesitate to say “I am proud to be an Indian.” Proud of what? A system that has not delivered justice in two decades and pussyfoots when it comes to taking stringent action?

Ranjith R. Pai,

Hyderabad

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It is a historical fact that in the past, places of worship belonging to a community have been looted and destroyed, and places of worship put up by the invading armies. But how can we correct such atrocities? Is it possible to go back in time, demolish the present structures and replace them with the places of worship of those who suffered humiliation, deprivation and death? Is it possible in a multi-religious and pluralistic country? Can we not have a national reconciliation fraternity, comprising the representatives of all faiths to deal with historical injustices in a manner that is in tune with pluralism?

Jacob George,

Changanacherry

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I am sure the gods are not concerned about how many places of worship are constructed for them. Why, then, do we mortals make so much noise?

Victor Frank,

Chennai

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On seeing the hue and cry over the alleged leakage of the Liberhan Commission report, one wonders whether the real problem is the breach of parliamentary privilege or the senseless action of some who razed the Babri Masjid, tearing apart the secular fabric of our country.

B.R. Sajith,

Thiruvananthapuram

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Commissions of Inquiry are ornamental bodies. The Liberhan Commission is no exception. Digging a mountain has produced a rat. Instead of recommending exemplary criminal action against the perpetrators of the heinous crime, it has just indicted them. But then, something is better than nothing.

S.M. Pasha,

Chennai

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