Vir Sanghvi in his article The ABC of sex education (Counterpoint, July 22) makes some valid points. India needs to shed its inhibitions on this subject before it is too late. The important objective to be achieved through sex education is the destruction of stereotypes attached to HIV/Aids and the lives of people living with HIV. Because of lack of information, there is so much stigma attached to the condition which makes life harder for those suffering from it. Ignorance about this issue is definitely not bliss.
Puneet Sandhu, Delhi
Vir Sanghvi has argued in favour of relaxing restrictions on sex education. Being a teacher, I cannot accept this as it is difficult to discuss such topics in a classroom without attracting undesirable questions. This may detract from children understanding the real issues about sexuality.
Kumari Pallawi, via e-mail
Our education system is already on the verge of collapse and introducing sex education at a tender age could make things worse. The moral values that we have always upheld may be eroded. More than 80% parents are against imparting sex education at the school level. I do not know why the government and Mr Sanghvi are determined to tarnish our image.
GK Arora, Delhi
This has reference to Karan Thapar's article Edwina-Nehru: Another story (July 22). I have read the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, but nowhere has this relationship been mentioned by Gandhiji. If this relationship did exist, Gandhiji would have mentioned it in his writings. This sort of gossip will encourage speculation that India’s Independence was the result of an emotional relationship, thereby implying that the role of the freedom fighters for India’s Independence meant nothing. And that Nehru became the first PM because of Edwina. This is to dishonour a great leader.
Nisha Bala Tyagi, Delhi