Learn the value of teaching
With reference to Madhav Chavan’s article Read the numbers right (January 14), the government’s campaign on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is praiseworthy. But the programme will be considered successful only when it achieves improved quality, with a focus on basic education. There must be no compromise on the quality of education. India needs high literacy and qualified and skilled human resources to meet various challenges. The HRD Ministry should work towards making this possible.
Harish Kumar, Delhi
It’s one slip-up too many
Rajeev chandrashekhar in Finders, book-keepers (January 14), correctly mentions that political scams are not possible without willing corporate scamsters. But then a fraud of such magnitude is not possible without the willingness of key political players either. Already, allegations are being levied against various political parties for defending Ramalinga Raju and also about the composition of the new board. But amazingly, the fact that a world-class auditing company routinely checked the accounts means that corruption has various stakeholders.
KK Mishra, Delhi
If what is being revealed about the way the fraud was perpetrated is true, then Ramalinga Raju is no less a criminal than Harshad Mehta or Ketan Parekh. This is insider trading at its worst. Thousands of small investors have been taken for a ride by Raju, with him jacking up share prices only to sell his own holdings at a steep profit. Punishment should be swift for him and others who aided and abetted this crime.
MK Malhotra, via email
Not a realistic movie
I agree with Mondy Thapar’s views in Um, slums (January 13), when he says that showing slums to the world ‘makes us feel a bit bedraggled as a nation’. The issue of encashing poverty to earn fame and money by a section of the intellectuals in our country is nothing new. Be it in the spheres of art, cinema or photography, there have been deliberate attempts at exploiting poverty. Documenting poverty is one thing but when commercialised, it turns into an act of blasphemy and denigration of humankind.
Bhaskar sen, via email
mondy thapar’s analysis caught us off-guard with his take on our ignorance towards conspicuous destitution. This affected ignorance is a mere facade to occlude the pathetic embarrassment that shakes us from within. This lack of veracity contributes to the plight of the pariahs in our society. It’s time that they are released from their misery. But this would require unqualified support from all sections of society, so that we can we overcome our collective sense of guilt.
Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Delhi
Wanted: a just society
What happened at the Garhi Chawkhandi village in Noida does not showcase the rural-urban divide but a barbaric and archaic mindset associated with the Taliban. In Incredible India, when a girl is gang-raped, she must bear the blame for it as well. It’s shocking that a state ruled by a woman is unable to take any meaningful action against the accused. Our political parties are busy making the right noises before the elections. Let’s hope the case does not get lost in red tape like so many others before it.
Siddharth Sharma, Delhi