Coercion has no place in India's family planning programmes
With reference to Lalita Panicker's article Let's get men involved (June 14), despite spending crores of rupees, family planning programmes have failed in the country mainly because most people, especially men, don't understand its benefits. It is time the government spreads awareness among the target groups so that family planning becomes participatory rather than coercive. Last year, a study revealed that 22% men think that contraception is women's business and that men should not worry about it. The government programmes must change such mindsets.
P Gangadharan Nair, via email
Azim Premji's diagnosis is correct
This refers to the report Pranab to brainstorm with industry captains (June 14). Amid the political drama over the forthcoming presidential polls and the Standard &Poor's warning that India is on the verge of losing its investment grade credit rating, Wipro chairman Azim Premji's observation that the country is working without a leader is correct. Instead of blaming the international crisis, the government should focus on India's weak fundamentals. The government will have to indicate that it means business, and that foreign investors are welcome. Only then India will regain investor confidence.
GK Arora, Delhi
It's time to change Bengal's motto
This refers to the article After Tagore, who? by Sagarika Ghose (Bloody Mary, June 13). Ghose must be given credit for writing on such a sensitive subject. West Bengal and its people must understand the ground realities and understand where the state stands today. At a time when neighbouring Bihar has started its slow but steady resurgence under chief minister Nitish Kumar, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is continuing with her brand of populism. Instead of Maa, mati manush, it's time to swear by kaaj, kaaj, aaro kaaj (work, work and more work).
Debarun Majumdar, New Delhi
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