CID  shoud  be  autonomous
SIR, This is with reference to the editorial, ‘CID unmasked’ (7 July). It is  quite evident in the context of the Barasat gangrape that the state&’s investigation agency is under considerable political pressure. It does not have the free hand to act independently while probing a case. Indeed, the fairness of any investigation depends on the CID&’s honesty and integrity. The bad governance in West Bengal at this juncture ensures that it will be used as a political entity to protect a section of  criminals. It is shocking that the names of all the accused were not mentioned in the chargesheet in the Kumdini incident. It is the judiciary that exposed the government&’s manipulation of the CID. It deserves to be made an autonomous  entity in the interest of impartial and thorough investigation.
Yours, etc., Dilip Kumar Dutta, Midnapore, 7 July.
SIR, Those who have sought to establish the moral order have always expressed concern over those who have an inappropriate lifestyle. This way of life is related to the control over the wills of those who are able to give them political and economic power. The Catholic Church has almost always been the scapegoat. In the 18th century (the French Revolution), certain scandals involving  some priests were magnified; so they justified their murders. This was a way of saying: “If those who do not keep their word,  it is best to kill all of them. In this way, I don’t hear anyone condemning my behaviour”.
Many Catholics are surprised and shocked. This is because they do not know either the Gospel or the history of the Church. Jesus had said this in the passage about the bad shepherds and also when he warned us that we would be persecuted as He was.
We have to feel encouraged to defend and pray for the Pope, successor of the authentic San Pedro, who died for being a witness of Jesus Christ, risen Lord from the dead. When will the persecution end? The answer is in the Apocalypse: chapter 6, verse 11.
Yours, etc., José Antonio Calvo,
(Independent  Forum  of Opinion),
Zaragoza (Spain), 17 July.
SIR, The last century belonged to physical science and the present belongs to bio-science. Research scholars and scientists all over the world, including those with a physical science background, are working in bio-laboratories. Dr V Ramakrishnan won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for his contribution to bio-science. Biological science calls for serious attention.
The new subject has been introduced to keep pace with progress in science. The syllabus is advanced. The other reason is to be in step with the national trend. It is a welcome move that in addition to Zoology, Botany and Physiology, Presidency University has introduced Biological Sciences ~ an interdisciplinary subject  in the post-graduate level (Kolkata Plus, 16 July). Those who studied any of the three subjects at the post-graduate level cannot always clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) as the entire domain of bio-science is covered in one subject ~  Life Science. The paper contains questions on all the three subjects. Hence the aspirants are really on the backfoot.  More options mean more opportunities in terms of career.
Yours, etc., Susanta Kumar Ghose,
Kolkata, 18 July.
SIR, I am a regular reader of The Statesman since my days as a student  of Bengal Engineering College, Sibpur. Now at the age of 80,  I cannot think of a day without the  paper, which is a newspaper and not a news magazine, like the others. The recent improvements and changes, such as Thumbnails, the photograph of the writer along with the Editorial page article, and the improved  printing have been greatly appreciated and will definitely make The Statesman more popular. But the quality of the newsprint  should improve. Congratulations for the innovative ideas.
Yours, etc., AK Mukherjee,
Kolkata, 9 July.