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Teach ’em young

Apropos of the editorial Where childhood ends (December 13), the shooting incident at the Euro International School is the result of the increased depiction of violence in movies, commercials and computer games.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2007 22:38 IST

Apropos of the editorial Where childhood ends (December 13), the shooting incident at the Euro International School is the result of the increased depiction of violence in movies, commercials and computer games. Violent films encourage violence in daily life as being acceptable and children become inured to its consequences. Parents and elders must control what their children watch on TV and other programmes.

Mohd Salahuddin, Mumbai

II

The Gurgaon school shoot-out will generate the usual reactions, but deeper concerns need to be addressed. Screen portrayal of quick resolution of problems by violence adds to the virulent mix. Money cannot replace close supervision and guidance by firm, loving parents who provide children with tools to resolve problems peacefully.

Vina Leekha, Gurgaon

III

The editorial highlights the other side of the incident that happened in a private school in Gurgaon. Children have to be taught that the decisions they make should be good not only for them but for others also. The freedom they get should be accompanied by responsibility.

Manu Kanchan, Khanna

Double standards

It is pathetic to see Indian communities suffering in Malaysia. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi are showing great concern over the killing of one Muslim in Gujarat, but are blind to over 2.7 million Hindus being marginalised and treated inhumanly in a friendly country.

Prashant Malaiyya, Vellore

Two sides of a coin

Sitaram Yechury’s article Call for Vibrant India (December 13) is another instance of self-certified secularists abusing the BJP and Narendra Modi. His criticism of fascism is akin to the pot calling the kettle black. Communists the world over dilute their own past by harping on fascism which is nothing but the other side of communism. One murders in the name of class and the other in the name of race.

RP Haran, via e-mail