Break the mould
According to an International Labour Organisation’s study, women represent about 50 per cent of the world’s adult population. Mere legislation, including a quota in Parliament and state assemblies, is neither adequate nor long-term. Make women educationally, socially and economically strong. They should break free of the mould set by patriarchal norms. Vivekananda said that ‘it is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing’. So it is only through empowerment of women that a holistic development of the nation is possible.
Namita Bhandare’s article Writes of passage (January 31) is not balanced because she has so much objection to the presence of Aamir Khan in Jaipur Literary Festival on the ground that he is not from the literary fraternity. A lover of literature is as qualified to attend such a festival as an author is and thus there is nothing wrong if he was invited as a speaker.
Partner with France
Apropos of the editorial French connection (January 28), French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s main focus was on shoring up the defence partnership between the two countries. But there’s great scope for improvement in business and trade, education and culture between India
Doctors of death
The kidney racket in Haryana has thrived at the cost of ignorant and illiterate patients. This kind of base act shows the degradation of the Indian medical profession, doctors and police. When people complained to the police, they did not bother to investigate. This is a serious case where the poor are the victims. India’s legal system takes time to give a verdict and this encourages criminals to be bolder. In fact, our government and judiciary are punishing honest people by protecting criminals lodged in jails for years together.