Thursday, September 23, 2010

Das Gupta has to accept exemplary punishment

Both the agitations led by JP and VP spread nationwide on the issue of corruption. But the outcome was overthrowing those in power and installing new regimes. Some cosmetic changes were visible initially which vanished with time and the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” proved right.

The present campaign to unseat Manoj Das Gupta, however, forms a different category. He is not being charged for incompetence, corruption, or tyranny. Rather, he possesses experience and commands the goodwill and respect of a great many. But an unfortunate single lapse on his part has landed him in trouble and he has to accept exemplary punishment for that.

This is required because a credible inquiry can be conducted to find out the facts and bringing the guilty to book, whom he might be shielding otherwise. Secondly, a tenure system needs to be followed for preventing vested interests growing root. And finally, realizing that his present position is not a permanent entitlement or inheritance and consideration for other aspirants is befitting of a bhadralok. [TNM]

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