Give the poor jobs and shelter, instead of throwing them out
With reference to Harsh Mander's article The real spoilsports (October 5), the Delhi government's decision to remove beggars from the city during the Commonwealth Games did not portray the country in a positive light. The way the government handled the issue was insensitive and in bad taste. The destitute should have been provided some sort of employment and shelter instead of being thrown out at the eleventh hour.
Bal Govind, Noida
One faith over another
Shohini Ghosh in Faith cannot be the basis of any judgement (October 5) summarises the ramifications of the Ayodhya verdict. The verdict concerns not just the litigating parties but the public at large. While seeking to impose a compromise, the court has upheld the faith of one party. In future, cases of a similar nature will have to be decided in accordance with the present pronouncement. A compromise at this stage amounts to submitting to the line of reasoning that judgements can be based upon faith.
Syed Khurshid Anwar, Allahabad
Shohini Ghosh's analysis is nothing but propaganda for the so-called pseudo-secular lobby. The verdict has been delivered with due regard to the Preamble of the Indian Constitution that respects liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship.
Krishna Gopal, Delhi
Let us set our sights high
The editorial On the right track & field (Our Take, October 5) correctly points out that the spectacular opening of the Commonwealth Games has silenced critics. Now, a successful completion of the Games and flawless hospitality will establish India's prowess as a nation capable of hosting such big events. Still, instead of blowing our own trumpet, let Indian sportspersons rule the turf and set new records.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
Armed with the right skills
K. Anji Reddy in A win-win way out (October 4) rightly emphasises the need for modifying our education system so as to develop skills that raise the employability of our youth. Otherwise, we may have an army of educated but unemployed people aiming for jobs that they cannot handle. The writer has rightly suggested an alliance between the State and the private sector for an affirmative action plan to provide skills to India's youth.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
Setting a good example
The editorial High time for that roll call (Our Take, October 4) is a wake-up call to the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) to make themselves accountable to the system. They must mark their attendance like any other staff funded by the public exchequer, if the problem of absenteeism on the part of teachers is to be addressed. The ‘no work no pay' policy, in place since September, must be strictly enforced, lest DUTA is perceived as the ‘don't undertake teaching activity' association.
D.R. Gulati, via email
No politicians, please
With reference to Pankaj Vohra's article Ram temple in Ayodhya inevitable (Between Us, October 4), if political parties are involved in the reconciliation process, it is unlikely that the dispute will ever be solved. The Ram temple issue has to be settled through peaceful negotiation between the concerned parties.
Subhash Vaid, via email