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india Updated: Nov 03, 2011 23:21 IST

Getting an education means more than just getting a job
I do not agree with Rukmini Banerji and Michael Walton’s suggestion in The RTEs of passage (November 1) that the country needs quality education only because we have to prepare our next generation for the competitive job market. Should that be the only criterion for providing good education to our children? Why do we always commodify education and put an exchange value on it? We should look at education as a social process and not as a capital good. For starters, the Marxian critique of the human capital theory could show us the way ahead.
Ambika Naithani, Dehradun

Don’t fast forward things now
This is with reference to the report Pass Lokpal Bill in winter or I’ll fast again: Anna (November 2). The prime minister has expressed his willingness to resolve the issue in the winter session and, therefore, Anna Hazare and his team should not threaten the government. Even though their decision to not campaign against the Congress in the coming assembly elections is a positive one, any fast for the Lokpal Bill is certain to send a different message to the electorate and hamper the Congress’ chances at the polls.
PK Srivastava, via email

Too small for the Great Game
This refers to the report Nations to meet on Afghan future (November 1). India must not get too involved in Afghanistan. Like China, we must save our resources. Even after so many years of Independence, many parts of the country still don’t have schools or health centres. While diplomacy is an important tool in global relations, the government’s first responsibility is to the people who have voted it to power. While humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan is welcome, military intervention will not be a wise step.
Amandev Joshi, Jalandhar