Way to go
The article “It's a woman's world” made for interesting reading as it shed light on how women have managed to establish themselves as a force to reckon with in the Indian publishing industry now. Although women have entered every sphere of human activity, it is not an easy task for them to make it to the top considering the entrenched bias and prejudices in our working environment.
The fact that gender bias and sexual harassment are yet to be fully eliminated from our work places remind us of the miles we need to go to usher in an era of real women empowerment. Women who have crafted the stories of success with their sheer grit and determination in the world of publishing will no doubt act as a greater source of inspiration for women in other fields to achieve greater feats.
The article on Malini Chib (“ABLE crusader”, Sathya Saran, January 1), who fought cerebral palsy was interesting and thought provoking indeed. She could fight her fate kudos to her parents who stood by her. Malini is a motivation and inspiration to everyone, reminding us that challenges can be overcome if one has the confidence and the will power. Her story can change the existing prejudice against the disabled and should prompt the government to put forward steps to bring them into the mainstream.
K.C. Iqbal Vavad
Learning from each other
This refers to the article “As good as young” by Bill Kirkman (January 1). The author has argued that older people are selfish and young people exhibit a more positive attitude than the older ones. This observation is true only to a certain extent. Aged people live in a corridor of insecurity (especially after retirement) and hence may be self-centred. But their wisdom can help youngsters tide over unnecessary trepidations haunting them every now and then. Experience, after all, is the best teacher.
Septuagenarian, octogenarian and nonagenarian politicians have been ruling us ever since Independence. At 60, all politicians have to retire from political service. Senior politicians should gracefully pave the way for the younger generation so that the youngsters can also reach the heights of glory in politics. Senior politicians should either excuse themselves from political work or they should be made to go by law. May be, The Representation of People's Act should be amended to this effect.