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Serve rural India for satisfaction

The jobs and salaries have been cut due to the global economic recession. Those passing out of the IIMs and IITs are worried about their future prospects. They need not worry. Let us convert adversity into an opportunity.

For a change, why don't the MBAs and the IIT graduates go to villages rather than serve in the corporate sector? Yes, they will not get handsome pay packets but will get tremendous satisfaction out of working for the rural poor. They will be instrumental in developing India at the grassroots level. In the process, they will create self -employment.

The poor people will be grateful to them for their youthful leadership. They can exploit their learning and talent for the good of the country rather than making profits for their greedy masters.


Placating militants

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial Appeasing the Taliban (Feb 18) that the so- called accord between the Pakistan Government and the Taliban in Swat shows that Pakistan is not serious about fighting terrorism. It is strange that Mr Asif  Zardari has reached an agreement with   the people suspected to be behind the murder of his wife, the late Benazir Bhutto.

Mr Zardari has allowed the Taliban to introduce the Shariat. Sir Woolsley Haig writes in the Cambridge History of India, “He who rides the tiger cannot dismount it”. Mr Zardari must keep this in mind.


India’s Taliban

The reports of incidents such as honour killings in Punjab, girls attacked by Sri Ram Sene in a pub at Mangalore, six-year-old girl thrashed by the police in UP and a man beating his wife over attire, only depict that India too is going the Taliban way.

But, who is to be blamed? When the caretakers of law themselves turn into law-breakers as has happened at Jind, what can be done? The need of the day is to create more awareness and to educate the girl child. Swami Vivekananda had rightly said, “There is no hope for that family or country where there is no esteem for women, where they live in sadness. For this reason, they have to be raised first”.

Let us take our country towards progress, where men and women are equal. Let us save our country and the real culture.


Moral police

To Nonika Singh’s well argued article, Attacks on women: Moral police can’t dictate a life style (Feb 11), I would like to add that outfits like the Sri Ram Sene are on the wrong side of history.

If they want to challenge the minuses of modernity, they can do so by referring to reason, the benchmark criterion of modernity and not by clinging to a dogma or the idyllic vision of a mythical past.

AKHILESH, Hoshiarpur

Censoring TV

Television channels have been telecasting programmes which are against our moral and ethical values. Such objectionable telecasts are not only detrimental to the character of the younger generation but could also mislead them and goad them towards the wrong path. Such programmes need to  be censored.

CHAMAN SINGLA, Bhucho , Bathinda

Unwanted noise

Ekroop Avenue, Nuashera Nangli, Majithda Road, Amritsar, where I live is surrounded by places of worship. These places seem to be in competition, playing sound systems at loudest possible pitch. Aartis, jagratas and prayers disturb the people of the area. Students who are preparing for exams are affected adversely. The aged and ailing are more vulnerable to noise. Short-term exposure to noise can result in high blood pressure and cholesterol. Prolonged exposure to noise can cause ulcers and hypertension.

Human body reacts to noise with ‘fight or flight’ response resulting in nervous, hormonal and vascular changes. Even the Golden Temple and the Durgaina temple use loud speakers but follow the ruling of the Supreme Court and keep speakers turned towards the temple premises. Shrines in villages should also follow suit. “Managers” of God should be persuaded by the authorities concerned to spare others. I am sure God will not be annoyed with them.




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