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Middle-class should get what it deserves

The middle-class does not want favour for its children but would be angry if the children cannot get admission in institutions of higher learning on merit, says a reader.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2007, 18:23 IST

Vir Sanghvi in Middle class's growing distance (April 15) stated that the middle-class is the architect of economic boom. But the government is obsessed with politics of quotas, recapturing vote-bank and placating the Left. The middle-class should be given what it deserves, simplified tax laws and procedures, freedom to work, corruption-free administration, secular set-up without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or gender. It does not want favour for its children but would be angry if the children cannot get admission in institutions of higher learning on merit.

KS Bhalla, Delhi


Vir Sanghvi has touched the soul of the problem as to why people are distancing from the ruling party. The main reason is the mindless approach of HRD Minister in making quota compulsory in educational institutions without thinking of its impact on common man. If there is any boom, it is only in inflation, which is again the concern of middle-class who is capable to turn the table up side down.

GK Arora, Delhi

Army's role in J&K

Humra Quraishi in The Valley, under siege (April 15), has said 'military is trained to fight against enemy not its own countrymen', but what will happen when countrymen are trained to fight against their own motherland. Over 60,000 troops who had been killed by militants were not fighting for Kashmiris? Is the army only a group of rapists, as Humra stated? She is saying so because of the protection provided by the army, otherwise she cannot dare to speak all this.

Deepak Singh, via e-mail


It has become a fashion to ask for withdrawal of army from Kashmir on the ground that there are occasional reports of human rights violations. But are such aberrations on the part of security forces limited only to J&K or, for that matter, to this country alone? If there are any criminal acts, these should be investigated and the guilty should be punished. Tomorrow someone may ask for the withdrawal of police forces from the Valley on similar grounds. We must not forget demilitarisation would further encourage secessionist elements.

SC Kapoor, Noida

Passion for music

I enjoyed RM Patwardhan's article Sweet music man (April 15) on great music lover Ravi Saheb and it gave a message piercing through my nostalgic memories as a connoisseur to old Hindustani music. I am an admirer of KL Saighal, Rafi, Talat and the latest Jagjit Singh. I still use a gramophone and everyday I play LP records of my favourites without fail. I expect to read more and more about sweet songs.

PM Gopalan, via e-mail

Music forever

Kudos to Sunday HT for starting a series of yesteryears' music composers. The inaugural piece on Ravi by RM Patwardhan captured the genius of this unassuming music director most admirably. He probably squeezed the best out of Mahendra Kapoor and the beauty of his music for Humraaz, Do badan, Nikaah and Waqt, and will remain etched in public memory forever. His compositions for Dilli ka thug etc. is a pointer to his versatility and one of them should have featured among his top 10 songs.

Subhashish Chattopadhyay, Mumbai

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