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india Updated: Jun 14, 2013 23:20 IST

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We need to pay a lot more attention to family planning
With reference to the report By 2028, India to be most populous (June 14), the United Nations’s report suggesting that India would overtake China to become the world’s most populous country is a matter of grave concern and shows that the government’s family planning programmes have failed. Despite economic growth, increasing population density is putting a strain on existing urban infrastructure be it housing, transport, electricity, water, sanitation, sewage, and healthcare, etc. If we really wish to capitalise the demographic dividend, we have to incentivise family planning and counter the country’s worsening sex ration. It’s high time our policymakers paid attention to family planning and invited men and women to engage equally with the issue.
R Ramanathan, Delhi

Needed, a journalistic balancing act
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article With him or against him (Beyond the bite, June 14), there’s no doubt that over the years the media has made Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi its favourite whipping boy. This media trial of Modi swings between one extreme of glorification to another extreme of vilification. It is a real test of the media’s objectivity to ensure that no leader is able to polarise and divide it into camps.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon

Taking stock of stalking
The fact that two cases of stalking are being reported in Delhi every day shows that how lightly we were treating this crime before the Centre enacted a law to make it a separate gender offence in April (Delhi reports two stalking cases every day, June 14). It is good to see that the law of land has recognised stalking as a serious offence and now it is for the law-enforcing agencies to ensure that severe punishment is meted out to offenders.
Rajiv Boolchand Jain, via email

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