Buta Singh’s remarks in If asked to resign, I will kill myself (August 5) highlight his desperate attempts at hampering the investigation process. Singh’s fondness for power is not new. He has switched political parties and changed loyalties to ensure that he stays in power. As the can of worms slowly opens up against his son, Singh should have kept quiet and let the law take its own course. By coming out with such irresponsible statements, he seems to be committing harakiri and making his own case weaker.
OP Tandon, via email
The nation learns a new lesson
The editorial Read between the clauses (Our Take, August 5) has rightly praised HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for his attempts in getting the Education Bill passed by the Lok Sabha. But this is just one step taken in the right direction. It is important, now, to ensure schools don’t lack basic infrastructure and maintain a healthy teacher-student ratio. The minister should also ensure that the quality of education does not suffer. As the editorial rightly states, Sibal should remember that educational outcome is as important as inputs.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
At last Kapil Sibal has been able to realise Rabindranath Tagore’s dream of free education for all. The Bill that the Lok Sabha passed on Wednesday, if properly implemented and administered, will benefit millions of children. Hopefully, this step will mark the beginning of a renaissance in our education system.
Raghubir Singh, Pune
Put merit first
Delhi University’s moderation system in internal assessment is totally unfair, as portrayed in the report At DU, it doesn’t pay to be bright (August 4). The aim of achieving parity in this way is illogical, as it only serves to demoralise meritorious students. Laggards who don’t work hard have been given an advantage through this system of moderation. Bridging the gap in results cannot be done in this manner. If the authorities insist on sticking by this scheme, then appropriate amendments must be made to prevent the mediocre from riding piggyback on the meritorious.
Abhishek Nagar, Delhi
The illusion of negative inflation
The report The rise and rise of prices (August 4) is further indication of how rising prices of essential commodities have broken the backbone of the common man, with prices having shot up by 30-50 per cent. Galloping inflation is making it difficult for ordinary citizen to make both ends meet. While the rate of increase in agriculture production has already reached a plateau, population growth continues unabated. The government’s constant harping on inflation being in the negative is only a trick. The ugly reality is that even basic food items remain out of reach for a majority of Indians.
S Narayan, Mumbai
Towards a broader foreign policy
Ramachandra Guha’s article Twilight years for our foreign policy (History Matters, July 31) begs the question: why does India want to get cosy only with countries like the US, Russia, Britain, France and Israel? Is it only because they are the world’s leading defence equipment manufacturers, who also possess nuclear stockpiles? There are other countries which preach peaceful co-existence, but one hardly gets to read anything about Indian diplomatic initiatives with regard to these. It’s time to make our foreign policy more inclusive.
Ram Kumar, via email