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Corporal punishment must stop

A teacher (editorial, “Another child dies”, April 20) has to play a significant role, as he or she is supposed to observe, guide, direct and help students. A teacher must know when to intervene and when to keep silent and how to provide a conducive environment to the child to facilitate learning. If children fail to learn and recite a given task it does not mean that a reign of terror be let loose against them. Learning cannot be ensured through repressive measures. It cannot be imposed from outside. Quest for learning should arise from within through the teacher’s affectionate and friendly attitude.

The death of Shanno Khan allegedly due to harsh punishment is condemnable. The teacher and the school administration should be given exemplary punishment, as their job is to bring out the best in a child and not kill her. The child is an individual and the role of the teacher is to let a child unfold her individuality and personality through love and admiration not through coercion and third-degree treatment. Such teachers are a blot on the fair name of the teaching community.



It is shocking that an 11-year-old girl student lost her life allegedly due to corporal punishment. A teacher is least expected to behave like this while dealing with students. It is really shameful and disgusting and reflects badly on all of us who happen to be teachers.

A teacher must be generous, tolerant and liberal in outlook and behaviour. National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, advocates child-centric teaching. In the present context, it is imperative that teachers do not resort to corporal punishment. I fully support a complete ban on corporal punishment. It must be implemented in letter and spirit.



I wonder what is happening to our educational institutions where students die due to ragging, corporal punishment or negligence of school authorities.

Barely a couple of days after the death of a Delhi student allegedly due to punishment by the schoolteacher, came the news of death of Aakriti, a student of Delhi’s elite school. She allegedly died due to the negligence of the school authorities and their failure to provide her timely medical help.

The schools in our country are not fit for children. They have become teaching shops.

Strict action should be taken against the authorities concerned so that such condemnable acts are not repeated. No student should be allowed to die due to corporal punishment or negligence of the school authorities. 

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Not so heroic

LTTE chief V Prabhakaran has always claimed to be a champion of the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils. He has been branded a terrorist, but he has regarded himself as the Messiah of Tamil community and rebelled against the government for their sake.

Now that he has not achieved his goals and is on the verge of being defeated he ought to have shown the daring of a courageous leader.

B K CHAUDHARI, Worcestershire, UK

Buying votes

The editorial “Cash for votes” (April 17) was an eye-opener. Politicians spend huge funds, far more than the prescribed limits, to win elections.

The Election Commission has admitted its failure in curbing the illegal flow of money during the first phase of elections.

Another development, which is suicidal for the biggest democracy of the world, is criminalisation of politics. Though the commission is playing a laudatory role in preventing the entry of criminals into the politics, a lot more needs to be done.

The government should frame stringent laws and enforce them with a firm hand. The media and NGOs should pitch in with their support.


Debasing democratic values

Kamlendra Kanwar has drawn a true picture of Indian democracy in his article “Demeaning democracy” (April 25). It is true that even after 62 years of India attaining Independence our political parties are more interested in giving tickets to persons with a criminal background.

I congratulate the National Social Watch Coalition for presenting revealing data that shows the abysmal situation of our democratic set-up. It seems that no political party has learnt any lessons so far.

Every political party wishes to increase its numbers in the House without caring for morals and ethics. Elections must be contested on some major issues and voters must have the right to recall elected representatives if they are not performing their duty properly.

It is time for the public to ponder over issues seriously. Otherwise, they may have to repent for the next five years.




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