Environment minister Jairam Ramesh’s comment on the quality of education in premier institutions like the IITs and the IIMs are uncalled for (Numbers back Ramesh remark on IITs, IIMs, May 24). The quality of research and faculty at these institutes is world class and, unlike what Ramesh believes, there is no need to bring in teachers from foreign universities to India. If ‘importing’ is the solution to every problem, then we should first get politicians from abroad, as many of Ramesh’s colleagues have proved inefficient.
CK Sharma, via email
Performers, but still easy prey
This refers to the report Girls do better than boys again (May 24). Time and again, girls have outperformed boys in academics, politics and many other fields. But their safety remains a big problem. The number of cases of female infanticide, dowry deaths and rape are on the rise. Though the Constitution guarantees safety to women, the implementation of the laws is far from satisfactory. If India aspires to become a developed nation, it must take care of its female population.
Deepika Kalia, Delhi
We need to leave well alone
The terror attack in Karachi, the first in a post-Osama bin Laden Pakistan, has once again exposed Pakistan as a haven for terrorists (The enemy is inside the gate, Our Take, May 24). Such incidents in Pakistan should no longer surprise us. The Indian media shouldn’t give undue attention to terrorist attacks in Pakistan, as it only helps Islamabad deflect global attention from the core issue of Pakistan being the epicentre of jihad. We should leave Pakistan to its own devices and wait for it to learn lessons from its mistakes.
S Kamat, Goa