The CBI deserves praise for making progress in its investigations into the Commonwealth Games scam and the 2G spectrum scam. The arrest of Suresh Kalmadi in the CWG scam and the charge sheeting of Kanimozhi and four others in the 2G case, irrespective of their status and political clout, is heartening. People are the least bothered about the government's coalition compulsions. They expect action against corruption.
Arjun R. Shankar,
The cartoon (April 26) speaks volumes about corruption in the UPA government. The arrest of Mr. Kalmadi and the charge sheeting of Ms Kanimozhi and others have reinforced people's faith in the CBI. What people also want to know is where the huge sums alleged to have been paid as bribes have gone. What we see is only the tip of the iceberg. One hopes to see the bigger players also exposed.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin,
This refers to the reports on the seven-hour fast in Kerala demanding a ban on Endosulfan and India seeking a postponement of the decision on a global ban to 2013 at the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (April 26). It has been proved that the chemical is injurious to living beings. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must ensure that the pesticide is phased out as soon as possible. It may make thousands of workers jobless but the government can take care of them.
P. Rajendran Nair,
India's reported moves at Geneva are disturbing and unfortunate in the face of ground reality. Why all this posturing when there is empirical proof of Endosulfan's destructive features? Will the Centre react only when more damage is caused due to its sustained use?
Our stance at Geneva is a gross deviation from the path we are supposed to pursue when public interest is at stake. Whose interests are being safeguarded is not clear.
The political class has once again tried to hijack the issue. This is not the time to indulge in rhetoric. There are examples in real life in Kerala which cannot be ignored. Lives are at stake.
The Pakistan Supreme Court's ruling acquitting five men accused of gang-raping Mukhtaran Mai is indeed disheartening (“A disappointing verdict in Pakistan,” April 25). Especially because it will force rape victims to keep quiet in future. Women should not be under constant threat from men nor should they remain silent against the injustices perpetrated on them. International rights organisations and women's movements should make Pakistan's rulers more sensitive to the plight of women in their nation. I fervently hope there will be no more Mukhtaran Mais in my neighbouring country.
Mukhtaran Mai has been an inspiration to women all over the world. Her undeterred courage to fight against the odds led to women breaking their silence on the atrocities faced by them. The latest verdict will have a negative impact on Pakistanis' trust in their criminal justice system. Mukhtaran Mai's life stands threatened more than ever before.
Mukhtaran was the first woman in Pakistan to fight back against a barbarous tradition that almost destroyed her. Many desperate women who are victims of such crimes regard her as their role model.
The Guantanamo Files, based on over 700 classified files, have unravelled another sordid chapter in the American security apparatus' handling of detainees in Guantanamo Bay. My stomach flipped over a thousand times after reading that a 14-year-old kidnapped peasant was among the detainees. I am sure he was not the only one to be picked up at random. There must be many more who are too frail to even lift a gun. Before the latest WikiLeaks exposé, humanitarian groups severely criticised torture techniques such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and loud music. But what has been revealed now is worse.
The writing on the wall is clear: the unjust and illegal detention of many prisoners in Guantanamo have the potential to create more terrorists.
On reading the article “Teachers in the dock” (Open Page, April 24), my memory went back to my school days, when teachers were respected and honoured. Students and teachers enjoyed a cordial relationship. These days, teachers give excellent academic training to students but they hardly teach values or instil confidence in them to face life.
Teachers cannot be blamed for their lack of commitment. A lot depends on the school management. Most schools insist on results and high marks. They dictate to the teachers, telling them what is expected of them. Teachers are not allowed to educate students in the manner they consider best.
L. Jeya Prasad,
I was reminded of my maths teacher in school. He would finish his lunch early or stay back after school to help us. He even sacrificed many weekends before our examinations to clear our doubts. He charged nothing because he had a genuine interest in each of us. Teachers like him are rare to come by these days.
The article has rightly pointed to the attitude of most modern day parents. Consumerism has penetrated all walks of life, and the temple of learning is no exception. As one who has been a teacher for decades, I have seen the attitudinal changes of pupils and parents towards teachers.
Teachers are not unaffected by growing materialism. Classrooms are overcrowded and emotional bonding between the teacher and the taught has disappeared. Teachers are no longer the only source of knowledge for students. Television, internet, movies, and private tuitions also contribute to their knowledge. The desire among students to get easy results has made matters worse.