With reference to the editorial Nursery games (February 2), the Ganguly Committee report sends a wrong signal by according points for the sibling advantage. Are we rewarding parents who have decided to have a second or maybe a third child? This has long-term implications for those who decide to stop at one child.
The Ganguly Committee is trying to follow the US model where a child can study in a school within a specified distance to avail various benefits. But it has forgotten that in the US the syllabus and standard across schools is uniform, unlike in India where things are patchy.
Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Modi, Mody & Co. (February 2) was thought-provoking. Economic development without moral development is meaningless. We have fallen from the noble traditions of our culture and civilisation. It is time we introspect about our traditions and values.
Apropos of the report US stamp on Indian babudom (February 3), the IAS is the last remnant of India’s colonial past. When the world has replaced bureaucracy with techno-management cadres, we continue to encourage generalist babus just for the politicians to execute their individual whims. The scheme to send officers to the US is nothing but to enlarge their already long list of perks.
Bal Thackeray’s remarks on APJ Kalam for the delay in deciding the fate of Afzal Guru are disgusting. Thackeray should know that Kalam has a difficult job and it is not easy for him to pass judgment on such a sensitive issue in such a short time.
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