Sunday letters

Nothing wrong in seeking help
With reference Srishti Jha’s article, Inside the juvenile mind (Focus, February 17), the writer’s insightful observation on juvenile delinquency is very helpful in understanding the recent spurt in such crimes during the last decade. There are many social and psychological factors — poverty, anti-social parents, poor parenting, academic failure, alienation from society, online addiction, etc — that affect juvenile delinquency and identifying them is a step in the right direction in tackling the problem. In today’s rapidly changing modern lifestyle, it is very important that we create safety nets for adolescents like regular counselling at schools, State-run homes and orphanages. But for safety nets to be successful we need to shed our indifferent attitude towards counselling as an option. 
-Subhash Vaid, via email

No room for shady deals
With reference to the article Arms and the market (Chanakya, February 17), it is appalling that corruption exists in defence procurements, putting national security in danger. It seems that stringent norms, including the Official Secrets Act (OSA), need to be revisited. Behind the smokescreen of the ambiguously worded OSA that prohibits making defence procurement documents public, the government has denied information on many occasions. However, looking at the magnitude of corruption in defence, there’s an urgent need to make norms governing defence purchases more transparent. All political parties, including the Opposition, must hold the government accountable on all defence procurements. They must ensure that the issue of national security is not being made a casualty of politics.
-Gulshan Kumar, via email

It is shameful that the UPA government failed to check high-level corruption in defence contracts in the past eight years of its tenure. The government would have perhaps remained silent about the issue had Finmeccanica chairman and chief executive Giuseppe Orsi not been arrested by prosecutors in Milan. The government needs to put an end to this brazen corruption and ensure that the taxpayers’ money is used only for their welfare and not pocketed by corrupt government officials and politicians.
-Tusar Kanti, via email

Let history be the way it was
With reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article Inflatable histories (Loose Canon, February 17), it is unfortunate that there have been attempts to distort history textbooks in India. Not only does this move give a different interpretation to historical narratives, it also denies students secular education. It’s high time our politicians stopped politicising education and let students learn history the way it was. As far as Chakravarty’s satirical writing is concerned, his efforts are just outstanding.
-Kamala Kumari, via email

Selective human rights here
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article Omar Abdullah is right (Sunday Sentiments, February 17). It is shocking that a journalist of Thapar’s stature has lent support to Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah’s insensitive remarks on Afzal Guru’s hanging. It is ironical that in our country we only talk about the human rights of terrorists and not about the rights of those people who are killed by these terrorists. This selective compassion reeks of hypocrisy.
-Balvinder Singh , Chandigarh

It would be wrong to suggest that Guru’s hanging was unjust. In the garb of human rights, Thapar has done a great disservice to the nation.
-Bhagwan Thadani, via email;

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