Diversity can prove very profitable
With reference to the article Women @work: The top question (The Big Story, March 24), it is true that more and more women are inching towards equality at the workplace but top positions still elude them. There’s no doubt that there’s a corporate prejudice prevailing in the male-dominated boardroom that prevents women from entering it. But besides existing prejudices, I think many organisations have failed to recognise the value of workforce diversity in terms of age, gender, nationalities and cultures and the advantages that this brings with it. Companies, especially in India, need to invest in this kind of a diversity and use it as a performance driver. Individuals from different backgrounds bring in diverse ideas, skill sets and experiences that can help a company grow.
-Kamala Kumari, via email
Vote for the power of one
With reference to the article We will all fall down (Chanakya, March 24), it is undeniable that the emergence of a third front is nothing but a mirage because both the Congress and BJP have not yet reached a situation where their combined tally in the Lok Sabha will fall below the majority mark of 272. Therefore, no government can be formed without the involvement or outside support of these two national parties. It may be recalled that the United Front — a coalition government of 13 political parties — formed two governments in a span of two years and it eventually fell, forcing the country into mid-term polls in 1998. Having seen the deficit in policy-making and governance due to coalition compulsions, it would be better if voters give a single party a clear majority.
-M Chandra, via email
By calling champions of a third front representatives of their own narrow interests, Chanakya has hit the nail on the head. The narrow parochial interests of regional parties are unlikely to converge. A third front is an idea whose time has not yet come.
-Manoj Parashar, Ghaziabad
Untie the knots before close ties
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article The great survivor (Sunday Sentiments, March 24), kudos to the Zardari regime for being the first democratically elected civilian government to complete its full five-year term in Pakistan. However, I don’t agree with the writer that India has lost the opportunity given by President Asif Ali Zardari to have close ties with Pakistan. It is futile talking to Pakistan until it puts an end to terror emanating from its territory against India.
-Maya Agarwal, Kanpur
There’s no doubt that Zardari has shown remarkable resilience in successfully steering Pakistan’s fledgling democracy through turbulent waters in the last five years. But the writer need not regret India’s lack of response to Zardari’s amicable gestures as missed opportunities. History has repeatedly proved that it is difficult to accept Pakistani leaders’ words at face value. But a democratically elected government completing its full term in office in a volatile Pakistan is good news for India.
Vijai Pant, Nainital
The aam aadmi will always lose
Manas Chakravarty’s article Score competence (Loose Canon, March 24) is hilarious yet thought-provoking. No matter who wins Chakravarty’s imagined football match between the UPA and the other opposition parties, the aam aadmi would be the real loser in the end. There’s no respite for the aam aadmi from rising food prices, crime and corruption.
-Kavya, via email
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