With reference to Termites and telescopes (August 23), the PM has already stated that any curb on India’s military options in the nuclear field will not be accepted. This should have been enough to allay the fears of our scientists as well as the public. Though we are proud of our nuclear scientists, in this particular matter, they should adopt an advisory role rather than one of confrontation.
Apropos of the editorial Punjab’s shame (August 21), it is unfortunate that despite 12 years having passed since the enactment of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994, the government has failed to stop sex determination and female foeticide. The sex ratio is at an all-time low in Punjab. Doctors involved in such acts should be punished severely and barred from practising for life.
Three is a crowd
This has reference to the report Orissa plans to tax 3rd child (August 23). This is especially welcome at a time when clergies from certain religions are encouraging people to beget more children in order to increase the members of their faith. It should be emulated by other states as well. However, the rule should be applicable for future births only, as it is unfair to penalise couples who already have three or more children.
Apropos of Hitting some minor chords (August 23), if after 60 years of Independence we cannot foster a sense of national identity in our people, there is something wrong with our education system and governance. Politics should not obliterate our sense of belonging, which is vital for our survival and growth.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was absolutely right in declining to play after facing humiliation at the hands of a racist umpire.
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