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The IIT problem is serious, Mr Sibal cannot ignore it

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 21:38 IST
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The IIT problem is serious, Mr Sibal cannot ignore it
The editorial Don’t blunt our cutting edge (Our Take, September 24) shows the step-motherly treatment that HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is giving to post-graduation institutions. His attempt at reforming school education is good. But he cannot ignore other institutions, especially the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), which is known for its world-class education. The problems that the IIT professors are facing are serious and should not be neglected.
Mukhtar Ahmad, Aligarh

Give the wage-earners their due
The report All work, little pay for Games workers (September 26) has raised important questions on the role of the Delhi government and the Sports Ministry. They have no right to exploit the poor in the name of organising a world-class event. The statement made by the labour minister on his inability to take any action against the offenders until an official complaint is filed is ridiculous. Kudos to the Hindustan Times for making people aware of the grim reality. It is time the press exposes corrupt officials who are responsible for the exploitation of the poor.
Abhinav Kumar, Delhi

How does the labour minister expect an illiterate labourer to know about his rights? The poor cannot speak against their masters for fear of losing the little money that they earn. Instead of justifying his inability to act, the minister should tender his resignation and admit at having failed to perform his duties. The government should tender an official apology to all wage-earners and ensure they are given full salaries with arrears.
Rajinder Singh, Jamshedpur

No answer to Kashmir problem
The Centre has neither the courage nor a comprehensive plan to resolve the Kashmir issue (Kashmir may get some azaadi, September 26). It seems that the government is benefiting from keeping the Kashmir problem alive. Anyway, nobody cares about the common man and his hopes of getting an autonomous state.
Anil Bhan, via email

N-weapons for self-defence
It is heartening to learn that India has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) despite the United Nations putting pressure on the government (UN presses for NPT, India says no way, September 25). Both the NPT and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) are discriminatory in nature, as they favour First World nations and hinder the growth of developing countries like India. We need nuclear weapons for self-protection from wily neighbours like China and Pakistan.
NR Ramachandran, Ooty

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