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Sunday, April 6, 2003

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Unfair deal for fair sex

THIS refers to Geetu's article "Much more than a day, it's a movement" (March 9). In spite of provisions in the Constitution, equality between men and women continues to be a distant dream, not only in India but all over the world. There is an attitude of inferiority towards women and an atmosphere in which women are deprived of basic rights, starting with that of education. They are, therefore, vulnerable to exploitation. Disparity between men and women stares us in the face and several questions still do not have satisfactory answers.

How is that in public life, women are not adequately represented? How is it that women put in longer hours at work as compared to men and yet do not enjoy equal status and opportunities? Why is that property owned by women constitutes a very small fraction of the property owned by men? Why is it that maternity is not recognised as an essential social function? Why is it that the rate of suicide is so high among women? Why is that fairness vanishes when it comes to giving a fair deal to the fair sex?

K. M. Vashisht, Mansa
 

 


Mayawati loves maya

Mayawati's is a typical mindset of a class whose psyche has been shaped by hunger accumulated over centuries. Naturally, not only has power gone to her head, she is also gorging herself on the money available to her thanks to her post. She has been catapulted to power because of caste. The nation is paying for the mistakes of the makers of the Constitution and the crimes of the V.P. Singh. Nothing but merit deserves office, If somebody's merit has not flowered, help him to blossom but don't turn him into a beggar and thief.

Chaman Lal Korpal, Amritsar

Fear of death

This refers to Darshan Singh Mainiís article, "The Fear of Death That Runs Through Life". The write-up brings home the fact that death is all-powerful and the perennial fear within man is that of death. There are others, who are not at all afraid of death. "In his book Death ó The Supreme Friend Kakasaheb Kalekar, a Sanskrit scholar propounds a rather astounding thesis that death is our supreme friend, "Godís most precious gift to mankind. It is pity that we in our ignorance look on this "Supreme friend as our mortal enemy."

VIJAY SHEEL JAIN, Ludhiana

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