All right-thinking people and rationalists should salute Sanjay Salve of Nasik who has won a legal battle against his school which denied him a higher pay scale because he refused to fold his hands at prayer time (“Folding of hands at prayer in schools not mandatory,” Oct. 30). Think of the ordeal he must have undergone from 2008 at workplace and home — in the course of his fight to uphold his principles. I also salute the Bombay High Court for ruling in his favour. A non-believer has an equal right to practise his thinking.
Although the court has ruled in Mr. Salve’s favour, I hope he will reconsider his decision of not folding his hands during prayer. Young minds are influenced by their teachers’ behaviour rather than their teaching in classrooms. A teacher should keep his personal beliefs to himself. Children learn more by what they see than what they listen.
D. Praveen Kumar,