Rotting grain would be difficult to swallow for anyone
With reference to the editorial India's empty underbelly (Our Take, September 3), the millions of tonnes of foodgrain that have been stored under tarpaulin for months is unfit for human consumption. Doling it out free to the poor will do them more harm than good.
Will the Supreme Court judges, who ordered the agriculture minister to distribute it to people, eat the rotting foodgrain themselves?
N S Venkataraman, via email
Much to learn from teachers
Shivam Vij's views on teachers and the Teacher's Day are not in good taste (Abolish Teacher's Day, September 3). It is ridiculous to state that dedicating a day to mark the contribution of teachers elevates them to a higher pedestal. There are many people who selflessly educate millions of children. So celebrating Teacher's Day is just a way of expressing our gratitude for their altruism.
K V Chandrashekara, via email
No universal truth
With reference to the report Hawking says God did not make the universe (August 3), there is no concrete scientific evidence to establish that life evolved from inanimate objects. Hawking cites the Big-Bang theory to substantiate his argument of a god-less universe. But the scientific community itself stands divided on the theory's validity.
Ashwini Kumar Lal, Delhi
Adding insult to injury
It was shocking to read the report After losing hand, teacher loses job too (September 5). First unidentified goons of the radical Muslim group Popular Front of India (PFI) chop off his hand and now professor T J Joseph of Newman College, Kerala, has been sacked from his job on the grounds of 'hurting religious sentiments of a community'.
It seems that the authorities have taken the decision under pressure from the PFI. This will further encourage the culprits. The institution should reconsider its decision and the state police should arrest the perpetrators.
Ashok Ghosh, via email