With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Behind the veil (October 28), gender equality is about equal representation of women in all walks of life. But why do all such discussions start and end with what women wear? It is as if inequality can be set right by discarding the burqa or the ghungat. The freedom to wear shorts or bikinis is empty if it is not backed by social, educational and professional equality. It is better that girls go to school in veils, than not at all.
The issue of gender equality will plague us till eternity unless we eliminate prejudices against women and empower them with education. We should sincerely give women the right to freedom of self-determination.
Barkha dutt touched a chord when she said that women regress when they accept the hijab. In India, the ghungat or hijab is a sort of compromise, an apology to society for being a woman. This is the mindset we feminists are fighting against.
Circumventing the law
Apropos of the report Jethmalani to fight Manu’s case (November 2), the eminent criminal lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, has stated that there is no basis to the case against Manu Sharma. Do we then believe that those in this noble profession can circumvent the law of the land at will? It also proves that people with influence like Manu Sharma can easily dodge the law of the land. This lowers the dignity of our judicial system.
In his article Neighbours like these (November 1), Manoj Joshi tried to tell us how India should behave with its neighbours. But in the era of globalisation, the word ‘neighbour’ is losing its real meaning. Power flows from the barrel of the economy. It is time to concentrate on our own development. Respect for us will automatically follow.
With reference to Sagarika Ghose’s Quam or country (October 27), stereotyping all Muslims is dangerous. There are many educated and liberal clerics in the Muslim community who promote education and freedom of speech for everyone.
The real problem is that the condition of Muslims in general is pathetic. This is why many in the community feel insecure in their own nation. This feeling of fear and insecurity needs to be driven away.
Syed Adil Mehdi
Beaten by ignorance
The enactment of a law to protect women from domestic violence is a historic step towards women’s empowerment. But is this law enough? The women who are exploited in this manner are mostly uneducated and many are not even aware of their legal rights. So, along with the proper implementation of the law, mass awareness programmes need to be initiated.
Unnecessary blame is being put on the coach for India’s defeat in the Champions Trophy. It is hard to believe that Greg Chappell, who hails from a great sporting nation and holds such a fantastic record in the game himself, is not taking his job seriously. Let us stop blaming him and ask the players what is troubling them. After all, they are carrying home a huge packet for their non-performance.
Obey court orders
Apropos of the editorial Capital’s punishment (November 2), if the traders who are guilty of illegal construction are allowed to succeed in reversing the court orders because of their money and muscle power, it would encourage builders and traders in other cities also. And the law-abiding citizen will be the sufferer. The role of politicians in protecting the interests of law-breakers is deplorable.
End of a career
Apropos of the editorial Contaminating cricket (November 3), a fair judgment has been given by the Pakistan Cricket Board in Shoaib Akhtar and Mohd Asif’s doping case. Yet, one must admit it is unfortunate that we may never see Akhtar play again.
BR Srikanth’s report Plan to put Indian on moon in ’20 (November 2), highlights the advancement India has made in space technology in the last decade. Comprising a budget of more than Rs 15,000 crore, such a solo project without any foreign assistance signifies the determination and confidence of our country to excel in the world of science. Such activities will pave the way for more Kalpana Chawlas.
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