People should support the State in its fight against child labour
Thomas Chandy in Give them their rights (September 1) rightly states that the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act (CLPRA) should be amended to ensure that it works with the Right to Education. This is important to not only put a complete ban on child labour but to also make sure that every child receives elementary education. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to respect the law and not employ any child between the ages of six and 14 as domestic help.
Archana Pant, via email
There’s no room for communalism
In his article Let the healing begin (Democracy Wall, September 3), Harsh Mander presents a well-argued and unbiased analysis of the Naroda Patiya incident of 2002. There’s no doubt that people from all communities condemn the brutal killing of innocent people in Gujarat in 2002. But only condemnation won’t do. We must find ways to end communal violence for good. We can’t allow communalism, which politicians and their cronies often use for votebank politics, to divide our society 65 years after independence.
Than Singh, via email
It’s in black and white now
The report No mining, firms cashed in on coal (September 3) makes it amply clear that the UPA government flouted rules while allocating coal blocks. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s integrity is beyond doubt. Everyone knows that he did not personally benefit from Coalgate. But why is Singh not taking any action against some of his ministers who are part of this scam? The UPA must give in to the Opposition’s demand of cancelling all coal allotments after 2004.
MC Joshi, Lucknow