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Rahul Singh?s article Viva. Pop psychology (April 4) on population growth was informative. He has rightly demolished the myth that Islam and Roman Catholicism are against birth control.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 03:01 IST
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Rahul Singh’s article Viva. Pop psychology (April 4) on population growth was informative. He has rightly demolished the myth that Islam and Roman Catholicism are against birth control. It is time we evolved a multi-pronged strategy based on primary education, better public healthcare, high literacy rate and strong political commitment to deliver on goals of curbing the population growth rate.

Kerala is way ahead of other Indian states when it comes to public health and life expectancy, much of which is due to its high literacy rate. If we could emulate a policy based on these parameters, then population explosion would be a thing of the past.

SURESH P.M.
Delhi
Striking hard

Over two lakh employees of State Bank of India have gone on indefinite strike for revision of pension scheme. The SBI controls over 20 per cent of banking transactions of the country. In fact, SBI employees, like all other PSU bank employees, are well-paid. If they have any sense of responsibility towards their customers, they must get back to work.

N. Nagarajan
Secunderabad

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The strike is uncalled for. The government can’t be coerced by holding the common man to ransom. A strike that disrupts daily life is not only outdated but also counter-productive.
Raghubir Singh

Pune
Lenient punishment

This refers to the report 12-year RI for Marine Drive rapist (April 4). The court’s decision is welcome, but a mere imprisonment is insufficient. The constable should be given life-term.

Shadaan Alam
Aligarh

Home truths

The RWAs which are crying hoarse about the commercialisation of their colonies are not uttering a word about the unauthorised construction in residential premises. Clearly, residents have proved to be too powerful for the MCD.

Sumeer Sharma
via e-mail

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