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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Public interest triumphs over Abdul Kalam

I had been appalled at APJ Abdul Kalam's attempts to keep himself out of the scope of the Right to Information Act, as had others. Well, the UPA government has now sensibly shot down his suggestions. It has stated, correctly, that "the claim of immunity and privilege has to be based on public interest."

Mr Kalam gets his salary from taxpayers' money, and it is a pity that people in prominent political positions forget to whom their loyalties should lie. We have the right to know what is being done with our money, and Mr Kalam's attempt to curtail that right was disgraceful, coming from someone who is nominally our head of state. Thankfully, he has been shown his place.
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