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To be or not to be

Barkha Dutt’s analysis Live and let die (March 10) is a sugar-coated acid pill for those suffering from terminal illnesses.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2007 23:46 IST

[Saturday letters]

Barkha Dutt’s analysis Live and let die (March 10) is a sugar-coated acid pill for those suffering from terminal illnesses. We are trying to be practical, emotionless and self-centred, however sweetly we may word the suggestion. The concept of euthanasia is a handy tool for the materialistic and busy Gen X. A killing does not cease to be a killing and a crime if ‘mercy’ is added as a prefix to elevate the deed. It’s all an escapist exercise.

Viniti Gupta
Aligarh


II

While It is true that we do not want to lose our dear ones, it is also true that sometimes we pray for their end. For how long can one survive on respirators? And for many families there is the question of paying the bills for the treatment, which is expensive. In many cases, given the callous attitude of the younger generation, the elderly end up in homes for the aged. It is better to give them the right to end their lives rather than live in pain and hatred. When we encourage people to donate blood, eyes etc, why not the right to die with dignity?

GK Arora
Delhi


III

The debate on euthanasia will continue, but I feel the time for its legalisation in India has not yet come. Over the last few decades, the medical world has developed newer skills to care for terminally ill patients.

Avninder S Syal
via e-mail


IV

People we love do not deserve to be on artificial respirator. Rather, they deserve an easy death. We should understand that spending so much money on emotion doesn’t make a difference. I support the idea of ‘living will’ because this is the only way to make a difference and helping those who can’t be helped. Doctors should not be the sole decision-makers.

Aditi Sharma
Delhi


Uncivilised act

Apropos of the report Every 4th child is victim of sexual abuse (March 10), many children who are abused are not even aware that they are being abused. When they grow up they realise what had happened to them was abuse. Many children are not in a position to go the police or a court of law. We must make people aware of the extent of the problem. We need to do something before more innocent lives are ruined.

Arpita Saxena
via e-mail


II

I wonder if the very censoring attitude India has regarding everything that is suspected of endangering the public morale isn’t to be blamed for these shocking numbers. Many topics are taboo here and cannot be shown or discussed without risking prosecution. The fact is that in more liberal societies, the abuse figures are much lower. A liberal and open approach and fewer attempts to control public morale would lead to much better results than those we have seen so far.

Markus Gries
Delhi


III

The sexual, mental and physical exploitation of the children is a menace to humankind. Committed journalists can bring such people justice.

Vikram Singh Dobal
via e-mail


Against the nature

Apropos of the editorial Animal vengeance (March 15), it is distressing to know that an organised pogrom is being conducted against street dogs in Bangalore. Such extermination of a helpless species in retaliation for a few aberrations does not speak well of the liberal and intellectual spirit of Bangalore.

Christopher Clifford
via e-mail


Be constructive

Sitaram Yechury in The struggling billion (March 15) paints a sorry picture of the state of the Indian people and only succeeds in damning the political class. Politicians run governments and if things are so bad, it is they who are responsible. Yechury should realise that the nation’s failure on various fronts is due to the caste-quota raj policy. Hope, our politicians will realise the bad effects of caste and quota.

Raghu Ram
via e-mail


Take it sportingly

The article Leg firmly before wicket (March 15) portrays the appeal of the cricket World Cup, which always stole the heart and time of every cricket fan. The games were made for recreation. It would be good to encourage every player and every team playing in the sixth World Cup.

Asadullah Khan
via e-mail


Using brute force

It is beyond imagination that in a civilised and democratic country such shameless bloodshed by police can take place. In West Bengal rule of law had long been replaced by rule of the ruling party, but such barbaric activity can only be compared to Jallianwalla Bagh massacre. It will be better that the media should rise to the occasion and present facts to the rest of the country.

MN Kundu
via e-mail

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