The editorial The system is not geared to nurture (Our Take, April 25) rightly states that there is hardly any difference between State-run schools and public schools when it comes to providing facilities to students. Parents, too, are equally at fault as has been highlighted in Akkriti’s case. The problems lie in our casual attitude towards life and over-reliance on schools to the extent of not even checking whether they are equipped to handle emergencies.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Let’s steer clear of this
The only way to bring various regional parties together over the Sri Lanka issue is through a political dialogue. It is surprising to see how the DMK is going against national interest only to appease locals in the name of the Tamil cause. What Karunanidhi doesn’t realise is that it will take him nowhere. India is being unnecessarily pulled into the Sri Lankan crisis. It is Lanka’s internal problem and we are nobody to decide what is right or wrong for that nation. It is similar to the present Taliban problem in Pakistan. Till such problems threaten our security, we should stay clear of them.
Rajni Sharma, Gurgaon
Beware the dragon’s breath
With reference to the report China is fishing in troubled waters in Lanka (April 25), the Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean comes as no surprise. Its involvement in the Sri Lankan crisis may not be well known. India, along with the US, must work towards controlling China’s progress in this area. China is already laying claim on Arunachal Pradesh. India must remain silent on matters that can threaten its internal and external security. China is known to be an opportunist. Our government must not let it take advantage of our weaknesses.
A.K. SAXENA, Delhi
China’s real aim is to dominate South Asia and it can stoop to any level to realise its dream. By forging ties with smaller Asian regions by trading energy and consumer commodities, it is trying to spread its domination over the region. This also helps it to divert world attention from its ruthless suppression of the Tibetans. Not just Sri Lanka, but China has also been an active player in shaping Nepal’s politics. India must keep a close watch on China while planning its defence strategies.
ONKAR NATH, Noida
Promises which can’t be kept
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s promise of curing the ailing Indian economy within 100 days of coming to power again is ridiculous. The statement is as baseless as his earlier promise of converting Mumbai into Shanghai. The Prime Minister should not act like local MLA and speak irresponsibly only to please public. His statements should be based on facts and he should only promise that what can be delivered. The end of global recession doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight. The new government will take charge in a month’s time. What can Singh possibly do for the economy in 100 days of assuming office when he has so many other problems to tackle?
Jibanendra Mahanty, Puri