THIS is with reference to "Match-fixing, Indian ishtyle" by Prerana Trehan (October 12). People believe that for girls, a degree is necessary to raise their value in the matrimonial market but is not an instrument of economic independence. It is strange that even in the 21st century people are so orthodox and backward in their thinking. On the one hand they say that there should be no discrimination between boys and girls, while on the other they say that their daughter-in-law should not be career-oriented. She should ignore her aspirations as well as her profession after marriage. She should be educated but should not earn because her in-laws say, "we are already lakhpatis and we don’t want to be crorepatis." It is time that our male dominated society understood the aspirations of a girl.
Renu Verma, Pathankot
Strongest thing on earth
This refers to Khushwant
Singh’s article "What
is the strongest thing on earth" (October 26). It is very
unfortunate that in Kalyug falsehood and not truth is the
strongest and most potent thing. Those who imbibe and practise noble
qualities are looked down upon as cowards and powerless people. The
bitter truth is that power and pelf are the strongest forces in today’s
world. History, whether religious or political, has invariable been
influenced by those who wield power.
Bilal Ahmed Shamim, Qadian
The writer hit the nail on the head by saying that lies and sycophancy are unbeatable these days. One day I asked my students who killed Socrates. To my surprise one student told me that Socrates had dug his own grave by telling the truth. His words cut like a knife. But I thought he was right. Had Socrates indulged in sycophancy he would have lived without trauma or torture. Truth seldom triumphs, while those who follow the path of truth are badly tortured.
Rajan Kapoor, Nakodar