Woes of ex-servicemen
THIS refers to "Military elite hold the key to development" by Vijay Oberoi.
I fully endorse the writer’s views that because of a lack of effective monitoring, implementation and accountability, the welfare schemes for ex-servicemen have not produced results. In this highly competitive world only properly trained persons can find a firm footing in the professional world. A large number of ex-servicemen hail from rural areas. They also retire at comparatively young ages and have low qualifications. Hence, the chances of making a satisfactory second career are bleak. As such Dynamic Development Administration seems to be an uphill task.
Partap Singh, Kainthan
As a response to the
published prize-winning entries on: "Do working women make better
wives and mothers?" , I would like to say of all write-ups, Aditi
Gupta’s and Poonam Kirpal’s balanced, objective treatment of the
subject make an impression. The others seemed to be vying with one
another to glorify the working woman and chose to see her through
rose-tinted glasses in a narrow perspective.
They seem to be going by the opprobrious assumption that all working women are well educated and employed in high-profile, top-bracket jobs; and all housewives are downtrodden, illiterate women!
In their over-zealous attempts to hype pseudo-modern, feminist ideas, they left practicality far behind and projected the working woman as a super-woman who has ‘quality’ time for the family after a full day’s work! Most appear to think neglected children ought to lap up material goods as compensation for absentee mothers. These write-ups indicate that the sole purpose of education is self-gratification through financial independence at all cost.
I am a qualified career woman who has temporarily chosen to be a housewife during the formative years of my children. Having seen both worlds, I can safely say, a woman who chooses to be, can be a supportive wife irrespective of the state of her occupation. When a job puts at stake the upbringing of young children, it is time for working women to stop and re-think priorities and compromises.
Gurvinder Sohi, 56 APO
This refers to Taru Bahl’s "My home is not dysfunctional" September 1). In modern times, it is not easy for a man to be an ideal husband, an ideal father and an ideal son at the same time. Randhir’s commitment to his children was exemplary although he did not realise his failure as a husband. But it would not be right to call his home a dysfunctional. A child needs equal commitment from both parents along with a congenial environment at home and not over-commitment from anyone. Randhir’s wife assumed the role of an excellent wife and a caring mother but she should have trusted her husband and talked to him about the matter.
Vinish Garg, Panchkula
This feature was
published on September 22, 2002