It is disheartening to learn that neither the Delhi government nor the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has any regard for human life (The homeless find it a tough winter to get by, January 14). So far, the Delhi government has done little to provide proper accommodation facilities to people. Instead, it is ruthlessly demolishing night shelters in the name of beautifying the city. It is important that the Delhi government gets its priorities right and decide what’s more important: ‘beautifying’ the city or saving the lives of its people.
Jasmine Jose, Delhi
Setting the wrong examples
With reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article The war within (Maha Bharat, January 14), it is astonishing how the office of the Chief Justice of India tried to exempt itself from the Right to Information Act. It raises questions about the credibility of the top judge, and the judicial system on the whole. Also, Lt-Gen Avadhesh Kapoor’s alleged involvement in an illegal land deal sends out wrong signals to youngsters who aspire to join the Army and serve the nation. Senior officials should realise their responsibilities and steer clear of controversies that blemish the entire system.
Sneha Moulik, Dehradun
It is a matter of grave concern that senior members of the judiciary and defence personnel are acting unconstitutionally. Hopefully, the CJI and the army chief will admit their errors and won’t digress from the path of righteousness again. Thankfully, in today’s time and age of rapid information-sharing, courtesy the media, there is no scope for public servants to break laws and get away with it.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
Give the hockey team its due
The editorial Show them the money (Our Take, January 14) rightly states that the treatment being meted out to hockey players by the authorities is shocking. India Hockey cannot expect players to deliver their best when they lack proper training facilities and resources. Acknowledging players’ achievements is also important. So when Indian hockey creates history by winning the coveted Sultan Azlan Shah tournament after about a decade, it is the responsibility of both officials and fans to give the players their due. Indian hockey players’ demands are just and the team’s courage to speak up against injustice is laudable.
Manzar Imam, Delhi
Teaching the teachers
With reference to the report B.Ed course to get longer (January 14), the decision to double the course duration of the two-year B.Ed programme is a welcome step taken by the National Council of Teacher Training (NCTE). Today, putting emphasis on improving the quality of education being imparted to our children alone is insufficient. It is important to focus on teaching standards too. Modifying the existing curricula and introducing cosmetic changes in the marking system won’t work. We need better teachers. So, the new curriculum for the B.Ed course should focus on equipping aspiring teachers with practical knowledge in child psychology, sustainable development and inclusive education.
Sampada Sansara, via email
A weighty issue
It was interesting to read the editorial On the thin edge (The Pundit, January 14). The truth is that while, on the one hand, hunger deaths across the globe are on the rise, people from the privileged classes, on the other, are struggling to fight excesses. Being cautious about one’s eating habits, using heath centres to burn extra calories and following strict diet regimes are the luxuries of the rich, but are meaningless for the millions who suffer from malnourishment.
Goutam Goswami, Dhanbad