The Unique Identification project could be a great social leveller
With reference to Samar Halarnkar's Empire strikes back (Maha Bharat, January 19), the Unique Identification (UID) programme of the UPA government will go a long way towards eradicating social and economic inequalities in the country. It's unfortunate that home minister P Chidambaram is opposing this revolutionary program-me for selfish reasons. The minister should not come in the way of the scheme and the prime minister must ask the Cabinet minister to back off. However, it is not only Chidambaram but also many civil society representatives who are against it. The government must listen to their objections and try to explain to them why we need this revolutionary programme.
--Sudipta Das, via email
No more quick comebacks today
Gopalkrishna Gandhi in Watch your tongue (Incidentally, January 14) is right in pointing out that our public figures are a touchy lot. Unlike their predecessors, they don't have a sense of humour. Take the example of Mahavir Tyagi. Once when Jawaharlal Nehru said in Parliament that the Chinese had taken over a piece of land from India where not a blade of grass grows, Tyagi replied to the former prime minister saying: "There is not a hair on my head, does it mean that I surrender it to the Chinese?" Today, sadly, we don't expect our politicians to come up with such witty repartees.
----RJ Khurana, via email
Judge people by their speech
We often come across politicians using foul language to describe each other. The internet is full of derogatory comments and the use of four-letter words is quite common in media circles. But this is against Indian culture, tradition and values. It is a result of Western influence on our culture. Every offensive expression should be censored and public figures should be conscious about what they say.
--J Khanna, via email
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