Promises won't end child labour; strictly enforcing the law will
This refers to the report Capital couldn't care less about child labour (June 11). We often see children waiting on tables at roadside dhabas, working as cobblers and young girls employed as maids in homes. The state government's claims that it is looking into the problem of child labour are hogwash. Sending these children to juvenile homes is not a solution, as they are often abused and mistreated there. A strict enforcement of the laws that protect the rights of children is the only way to end this menace.
GK Arora, Delhi
The ball's in the State's court
This refers to the article Movers and makers by KumKum Dasgupta (June 11). The success stories of the changemakers mentioned in the article prove that where there is a will, there is a way. However, they need administrative support to scale up their efforts to bring about meaningful changes in society. They have provided the State with blueprints for certain projects which will go a long way towards rooting out many social ills. Now it's up to the government to make these changemakers' dreams come true.
Sumant Barooah, via email
A SAD state of affairs in Punjab
I endorse Hindustan Times' view as expressed in the editorial Don't revisit a tragic past (Our Take, June 9). The Shiromani Akali Dal is playing to the gallery with its decision to support the construction of a memorial for those killed in Operation Bluestar and honouring BS Rajaona, who is guilty of killing a former chief minister of Punjab. The move will reopen old wounds and won't do any good for the BJP, which is a partner in the ruling alliance in the state. As the editorial rightly states, the decision may also derail the Punjab government's efforts to woo investors.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai