The editorial It’s a woman’s world (January 9) is right in stating that although a role reversal of men and women is evident, it will take a long time for India to evolve to this level. Less than 8 per cent of parliamentary seats, less than 6 per cent of cabinet positions and less than 4 per cent of seats in the courts are occupied by women. How can we then believe that there will come a time when not only will women dominate the world, but that men will have no role other than procreation? We should have a revolutionary approach to gender issues.
Harbhajan Singh’s body language in the clips shown on television is one of being demoralised. On the other hand, Andrew Symonds’ lip movements seem far more aggressive.
It seems Ricky Ponting may have incited Symonds to lodge a complaint of racial abuse. But they will see that in the new India, ganging up against our team will prove futile.
Tusar Kanti Kar
Not so truly Asia
Apropos of the editorial Malaise in Malaysia (January 10), the country’s government has almost institutionalised apartheid and local Indians are victims of this state policy. If they don’t want our workers, let them also not have our tourists. The Indian government had banned travel by Indians to South Africa until that country changed its apartheid policy. The same should be done for Malaysia now.
Long years of military rule in Pakistan, supported by the US, has reached a point where the disintegration of the country looks imminent. The IAEA has also voiced its concern over the country’s nuclear status and this cannot be ignored considering the state of Pakistan. The United Nations in consultation with the Security Council should immediately act and save humanity from another holocaust.