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Catch them young

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 23:53 IST

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With reference to the editorial Brain Drain Version 2006 (December 26), numerous studies have shown that intellectual creativity and productivity, especially in the sciences, occurs in humans between 25 and 45 years of age, with rare exceptions. So retaining old people is not a solution to improving Indian science and citing Japan is not relevant given its inverted demographic profile. Ways must be devised to spot and nurture talent in the young and get them to take up scientific research as a career option.

R Ramanathan, via e-mail

Singur saga

Mamata Banerjee should take the initiative to discuss the Singur land acquisition matter with the CM and others of national eminence to evolve a consensus about land-use norms. She must not forget that she is a representative of the people and they want a proper solution of the issue by negotiation among the Tatas, the ruling and the opposition parties and the land-owners.

Suprotim Ghosh, Kolkata

Witness protection

The Delhi High Court is right in serving notices to eye-witnesses for turning hostile in the Jessica Lall murder case. But are they the only ones responsible for their flip-flop?

Lack of security for witnesses and lengthy court delays are also factors which influence the witnesses. It is up to the administration to provide security to them so they do not feel compelled to retract their statements.

Shashi Bhushan Arya, Delhi

Kashmir conundrum

With reference to the editorial Put our money on Kashmir (December 25), development of Kashmir is vital to national security. Had the money meant for it been used properly, the per capita income of Kashmiris would have been far better than what it is today.

Naval Langa, Ahmedabad


A moribund state cannot be kickstarted by throwing large amounts of money at it. Kashmir requires innovative ways to detoxify and be administered drastic treatment to restore it to good health.

AK Raina, Delhi

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