Corruption has become a way of life

CORRUPTION has become a way of life in India. It has embraced all. Before pointing out fingers at others, we need to ask ourselves if we have paid donations to get our sons and daughters admitted to the so-called good convent schools or medical/ engineering colleges. If the answer is in affirmative, we cannot and should not point fingers at Telgi, Jayalalitha or Judeo. We all are a part and parcel of it.

The situation has come to such a pass that corrupt practices are employed even for getting admission into prestigious IIMs. It is pathetic to see the young and talented professionals passing out of good Institutions with flying colours only to discover that to survive in the real world outside, they need to master one more art i.e. the art of corruption. It is not easy for these intelligent and talented minds to immediately digest this grim reality and this is one of the major causes for the growing exodus of intelligent professionals from India to abroad.

According to a recent International survey, we are one of the most corrupt nations of the world. Let us rise from our deep slumber and take stock of the prevailing situation. Otherwise, we have no right to demand our rights as citizens of this great nation.



Give girls the best education

APROPOS of Mr Amar Chandel’s article “Missing daughters of the land” (Nov 10), women should be given the best education. Our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said that if you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate the whole family. Girls in India are devoid of proper education. Little notice is taken of her dreams, needs, fears and aspirations.

Education is a life-long possession and nobody can steal it. Problems like decline in sex ratio or any kind of violence against women can be best tackled if the girls are given proper education at least till the secondary level. All parents, rich or poor, should take a pledge to educate their daughters so that they may also bring laurels to their motherland with their hidden talents and skills.

We will also have the incarnations of our nation’s lost gems like Rani Lakshmi Bai, Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla and many more.

ARPU, Student, Class X, Jesus Saviour School, Sirhind Mandi

A Chair will do

Why should the Himachal Pradesh government okay the plan for an International University of Buddhist Studies at Dharamsala? Mushrooming of universities should not be allowed. Instead, an International Chair of Buddhist Studies should be established under H.P. University at PG College, Dharamshala.


Honour killings

Reference your editorial “Honour killings” (Nov 28) of teenagers in Northern India who marry outside the wishes of their parents is a pointer to the backwardness, feudal and possessive mindset of the parents and the communities.

The arranged marriages have remained successful till the economic needs were fewer. The world has changed and we must change for the positive benefits, shedding our inhibitions. Marriages outside the community should not be despised in the interest of human rights as well as the growth of society.

B.B. GOYAL, Ludhiana

ISD tariffs

The Post and Telegraph authorities are providing concessions in STD tariffs on Sundays and other national holidays. Concession in STD tariffs is being provided at different times of the day. We request the authorities to provide concessions in ISD tariffs also. The mobile phones are already providing such facility.

N.P.S. SOHAL, Jalandhar

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