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Putin effect

india Updated: Dec 18, 2007 21:48 IST

Apropos of the editorial Vlad tidings for Russia (December 17), by nominating Dmitry Medvedev as the official candidate for the next year’s presidential election, Vladimir Putin has made his intentions clear for a bigger role in Russia. Earlier, he appointed a lesser known, Victor Zubkov, as the Prime Minister. With both high profile posts chaired by trusted men, he has secured his position as the proxy head of State.

Ritesh Ranjan
Delhi

Courting trouble
This refers to the report SC eases admission norms (December 15). Geniuses often come from poor families and the verdict may deprive such students from private institutes. Private educational institutions insist on parental interaction to make unaccounted money. The conduct and not such interactions should be the norm for school admissions.

JL GANJOO
Delhi

Model for governance
Apropos of the report Touch and go for Modi (December 17), exit polls by three TV channels predicted the BJP’s win in the Gujarat 2002 elections fought with the Godhra background. But the 2007 elections centre on the incumbency of Modi’s efforts and uncorrupt governance in the state. The Congress did not define an alternative to Modi and hides the fact that the number of Sikhs killed in the 1984 riots was four times that of the post-Godhra riots. Will the BJP avail of Modi’s skill to govern the country on the lines of Gujarat?

Achyut Railkar
Mumbai

Bringing up parents
With reference to the editorial Where childhood ends (Dec. 13), We see instances of students committing suicides, rash driving by children threatening lives, etc. This incident should jolt all parents. Parents should be blamed for failing to teach cultural values to children and pampering boys more than girls so that the boys develop a superiority complex from childhood.

Ujjal Dutta
Delhi

Racial discrimination
It is sad that in this modern world, we still face discrimination on the basis of race. The plight of the Indian community in Malaysia is an example. The Centre should negotiate with Malaysia and use global diplomatic pressure to secure equal rights for our fellow Indians there.

Saad Ullah Khan
Aligarh