With reference to Harsh Mander's article India's many Eklavyas (Democracy Wall, May 3), a student's performance in an educational institution has nothing to do with her background, but more to do with the person's talent and opportunities she gets. The Right to Education law can play a critical role in the lives of students, especially underprivileged children. Moreover, if India wants to be known as a knowledge economy, the country has to ensure that our next generation gets a good education and plenty of opportunities. And, our next generation does not only mean students from rich families.
Bal Govind, Noida
With reference to the editorial In troubled waters again (Our Take, May 3), the Assam boat tragedy is a man-made disaster and the government is responsible for it. Since there is no real count of the actual number of people who boarded the ferry on Monday, I wonder how their families would now get compensation from the government.
SC Vaid, via email
With reference to the report Ramdev calls MPs dacoits; Lalu calls him mental case (May 3), why are our politicians reacting so sharply to the yoga guru's comment? Did he say anything wrong? I don't think so; Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare have been telling the truth and most Indians support them. The MPs have reacted so strongly because they have become arrogant. Moreover, people like scam-tainted Lalu Prasad have no right to react to such comments. The public knows how Yadav and later his wife destroyed Bihar's economy when they were at the helm.
Natarajan R, via email