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Check corporal punishment

There have been recent incidents where teachers have beaten up young children in schools. As the news-item with the headline “She dies for failure to recite the alphabet” (April 18) had it, an 11-year-old girl died after her teacher punished her in a school in Delhi. This is an insult to the very word teacher. Such a person should be arrested and punished in the most severe manner. The job of a teacher is to prepare a child for the world by imparting training. Teachers who resort to such severe punishment should be severely punished.

Just a month ago, a boy died due to ragging in a medical college and now comes this incident. Are educational institutions the new breeding ground for criminals, including those who commit murder? How can the government not take the strictest action against such institutions? Corporal punishment in schools should be discouraged severely.



The tragic death of Shanno Khan is not the first of its kind and may not be the last. Such appalling incidents occur as a result of a deeper malaise that afflicts our society. Teachers, as indeed a large number of other professionals and government servants, are hired on the basis of their educational qualifications alone and no attention is paid to an individual’s aptitude for a particular job. Such people are misfits in their jobs because they are there just to earn their salary and not to do justice to their chosen profession. They remain frustrated for lack of job satisfaction. It is, of course, well known that unhappy individuals disseminate negative vibes all round and can resort to violence (physical or verbal) at the slightest provocation — real or imagined!

DR. M K BAJAJ, Zirakpur


Different reports attribute different reasons to the death of the innocent child, yet one thing is clear that the girl-student was given physical punishment by the teacher which ultimately took its toll on the life of the hapless child. Ill-trained teachers are a curse on society and they should be given exemplary punishment so that others may become aware of their onerous duties towards society.


Army’s readiness

Former Army Chief Gen V. P. Malik (retd) has said that the armed forces are not getting the arms and ammunition they need, and despite an increase in the defence budget every year, modernisation of the forces is not taking place in a way it should (“Army neglected, says Gen Malik”, April 16). This is a very serious matter. The powers that be need to come clean on the issue and take the public into confidence as to the measures being initiated for the foolproof security of the country. Here, it may also be relevant to know the steps put in place by General Malik during his tenure as Chief of Army Staff for an uninterrupted supply of arms, ammunition and equipment in order to keep the Army in combat-ready condition in all respects, including manpower and morale. The acute shortage of officers in the Army has been there for the past many years.

WG-CDR S.C. KAPOOR (retd), Noida

Sorry state of politics

Politics without values” by Kuldip Nayar (April 17), citing the example of suffocated Rahul Deepankar, rightly says that crime and corruption have taken firm roots in Indian politics. The writer has highlighted the progressively deteriorating and degenerating Indian political environment, where politicians are increasingly adopting the characteristics of a chameleon by changing colours according to the power equation, converting politics into a free-for-all political circus. Witnessing such anarchy, people are increasingly losing their faith in our political system. However, the question is: Who is to be blame for this state of politics?


Political mud-slinging

As Inder Malhotra has pointed out in his article, “Campaigns turn dirty” (April17), it is extremely unfortunate that the Indian political scene has nothing to offer save mud-slinging and personal attacks by politicians of all possible hues. There is no longer any sense of decorum; only the zeal to ensure victory by means fair or foul can be seen. While Varun Gandhi feels no qualms in delivering vitriolic speeches against a particular community, the Left Front is asking Ms Mamata Banerjee to disclose the amount she has received by driving out the Tatas from Singur! Really, all norms of decency and morality have been thrown to the wind by these unscrupulous politicians. They talk of the “traditions” and “values” of India at international forums. Now with the international media focussing on the Indian electoral scene, the hollowness of our “great” culture is getting exposed abroad.



The political culture in the country has changed very much during the past half a century. Our political leaders do not miss an opportunity to indulge in mud-slinging against their counterparts in other parties. All parties claim they are secular, but they openly stand behind the communal outfits. Caste and community factors play a major role in Indian politics and the leaders of these communal outfits often fail to think that people from other castes are also citizens of India with equal rights.

Some political parties led by aged politicians are not able to understand the aspirations of youngsters and never deliberate on the job openings available to them. There are many candidates with a criminal background contesting the polls.

K A SOLAMAN, Alappuzha, Kerala

Probe increase in assets

Candidates in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections have declared their assets before filing the nominations. It is strange to note that their assets have gone up substantially since the last declaration by the same politicians for the previous elections.

When an ordinary citizen books or buys anything of high value like putting a downpayment for a flat or buys jewellery or even a Nano car booking, in normal circumstances, he gets an income tax notice to explain the source of funds. By the same yardstick why are these politicians standing for elections not sent IT notices since in their asset statements they are showing crores worth of property and other assets? Should we not, in free India, have the same rules for both the common people and the privileged?

SUMAN KUKAL, Chandigarh 



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