Jessica Lal

Published : Apr 07, 2006 00:00 IST

R.K. Raghavan says in his column that "the failure is not only that of the police but of the trial judge as well" ("Lessons from Jessica Lal", March 24). In response to the public outcry, the Commissioner of Police, Delhi has ordered an investigation into the charges of suppression and fabrication of evidence in this case.

It has taken seven years to conduct the trial in this case. This is by itself suspicious. The Delhi High Court, which supervises the work of the Sessions Judge, should carry out an in-house inquiry to find out what went wrong.

A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has said that a certain percentage of the higher judiciary was corrupt. Such generalisations do not serve any purpose. There should be an inquiry by selected judges of the higher judiciary into certain selected cases. This will go a long way in restoring public trust in the judiciary.


India-U.S. deal

THE Cover Story articles have rightly warned us about the possible pitfalls of the Indo-U.S. nuclear agreement ("Beyond the deal", March 24). Some of them may be true but as a fuel-guzzler country, India has limited options.

Akhil KumarNew Delhi

YOU have failed to provide space to diverse perspectives and viewpoints in the Cover Story.

Anand VardhanNew Delhi


THE interview with Prof. John Hodges made interesting reading ("Of memories lost and found", March 24). There is a need to recognise memory decline as a medical problem rather than blaming it on the ageing process.

Dr. Sudhir KumarHyderabad


UNION Budget 2006 is not as rosy as it appears ("The budgetary non-exercise", March 24). There is an increase of service tax from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. With an education cess of 2 per cent the effective rate is 12.24 per cent.

Since most services are covered under service tax, it shall lead to an overall increase in prices of almost all commodities.

Mahesh KapAsiNew Delhi


YOUR Special Feature on Coimbatore was excellent ("A boom town", March 24). It brought out the vibrant growth the region has registered in the engineering, manufacturing, textiles, education and health sectors.

A. Jacob SahayamThiruvananthapuram

Varanasi blasts

THE story on the blasts was an eye-opener ("Harvest of hate", March 24). It was quite balanced and put the subject in perspective.

Prem Nizar HameedRiyadh, Saudi Arabia


IT is a painful fact to know that the question of control over the functioning of Deemed Universities is not clear even so many years after they came into existence ("Learning it the hard way", March 24). Students and their parents are the sufferers.

A. Joe PaulsonChennai

New look

THE new format is more streamlined than the previous one. I also find that in terms of content the new format accommodates more of culture and literature.

I wish Frontline greater success and progress.

Yeshwant MehtaAhmedabad

CONGRATULATIONS to Frontline for its catchy appearance.

K. RamdosChennai

THE redesigned Frontline is lovely and tasteful. Garcia Media's artistic touch is palpable right from the black-on-white logo to the last page.

R. SoundararajanNagapattinam,Tamil Nadu

THE changes brought about in Frontline are welcome. Yet it lacks a special last page, in terms of substance and style.

K.J.S. AhluwaliaAmritsar, Punjab

I HAVE been a regular reader of your magazine for the past 20 years. While contemporary mainstream magazines focus on lifestyle, fashion, glamour, crime and commercial cinema Frontline concentrates on the real issues. The redesign has given an international look to the magazine.

M. Kesava RaoKolkata

THE redesigned Frontline is impressive and more reader-friendly. Being a multifaceted magazine, a special column on literature may also be included so that it can attract more readers.

K.P. GopakumarThiruvananthapuram

FRONTLINE deserves praise for its new look and format. For discerning readers, writers and scholars it is the most exhaustive national and international fortnightly.

T.N. TandonLucknow

I WANT to make a suggestion to make reading Frontline more of a learning experience - addition of descriptive maps. You have been using maps in a few articles. But they are not detailed enough to give the reader a fair understanding of the geography of the country concerned.

C.S. Sharada PrasadBangalore

I liked the changed format. It is one of India's best magazines. I hope you go from strength to strength.Sharad NayakOman

The look may change from time to time, but the excellence of the content should stay.

Robert S. SreenivasanKozhikode, Kerala

FRONTLINE has come out of the redesign process with its heart and soul intact. It is a great relief that despite the increasing pressure of market forces it is not going to break its long tradition of serious, analytical and in-depth journalism.

Neeraj Kumar JhaMadhubani, Bihar

FRONTLINE'S new look with black logo in a white background has made it more modern. The change was long overdue.

Ashim DebnathKolkata

I AM a subscriber of Frontline since 1984. It is a magazine with a difference. But I cannot accept your claim that the new design has given it a more modern, elegant, structural, newsy and pure `look and feel'. Frontline of February 24, 2006 is as majestic as that of March 10, 2006.

V.V. PrabhuKollam, Kerala

WHEN I received the new-look Frontline, I first suspected that the dealer had mistakenly supplied me a foreign magazine.

When I realised it was not so, I though that you wanted United States President George W. Bush to feel at home in India. The old Frontline make-up was a trademark which you sacrificed by imitating other magazines.

Christa ManjirekarSrirangapatna, Karnataka

I DO not like the new look of Frontline. I have about 80 percent of the issues of the magazine and I like the heritage look of old Frontline.

S. Raghunatha PrabhuAlappuzha, Kerala

I WAS spellbound on seeing the changed format. It is superb and the look is classic.V.S. Raju

KolkataIT is beautiful. It is journalism at its best.

Madhu B. ThakerVallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat

Cartoon issue

THE cartoon issue shows the West in a bad light and the ascendancy of "imperial fundamentalism" ("Provoking protests", March 10). The West refuses to acknowledge the change in the Muslim mood.

Anil Kumar PanditNew Delhi

Salwa Judum

THE anti-naxalite people's movement has no precedent in Indian history ("People's war", March 24). It is a welcome development.

S.M. Vijaya KumarMandya, Karnataka


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