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Implementation, key to RTE Act’s success

The Right to Education (RTE) Act will help India become the strongest democracy in the world. The implementation of this Act, however, is a big challenge. A large number of families from many states migrate from their native places to far off areas to earn their livelihood.

They mainly work with farm owners, building and road contractors or private employers either as small time workers or daily wagers. They do not have any permanent place of work and keep on shifting from one place to another in search of livelihood.

Unless a suitable arrangement is made for the education of this migratory population, the chances of success of the RTE Act are remote. It is time to make suitable policies to cover such children. There should be no restriction of admission in the middle of the academic year.



Lakhs of children, who have either dropped out from schools or have never been to any educational institution, will now get education.

For education to be a meaningful it must be available, accessible and relevant. Besides, it should evolve with the changing needs of society. Most education experts agree that more money will be needed to implement the Act.



Efforts of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are appreciable. However, the government must make people aware of this right, especially in the remote areas. 

Its proper implementation not only in public schools but also in private educational institutions should be monitored. The Centre should provide ample funds to the state governments, which must ensure quality education. Let us hope that the RTE Act will put an end to child labour.


Review quotas

Indeed the time has come to review all kinds of quotas (editorial, “Bane of India”, March 27). For the benefits of reservations have not reached the needy. Politicians thrive on emotive issues and now a vicious cycle of vote-bank politics has emerged.

Years of experience has shown that instead of removing caste-based discrimination, quotas have polarised our society more than before. Many new caste-based political parties have emerged on the political horizon and are posing a serious threat to social harmony. 

Religion based quotas would be more dangerous, as we have already seen the division of our country on the basis of the two-nation theory. There are only two sections of society in the modern times and they are haves and have-nots. If quota is necessary for development, it should be only on the basis of economic backwardness.


Cash at door

In view of the increasing cases of corruption in the judiciary, the Centre ought to inform people about the judges’ misconduct and subject them to close scrutiny (editorial, “CBI on the mat : Probe the judge-bribery scam properly”, March 30). Any attempt to push the matter will be counterproductive. If wrong doers are allowed to go scot-free, corruption is going to take strong roots in the judiciary too.

The case makes one believe that corruption is being patronised at the top and that it has many sympathisers in the corridors of power. An ordinary citizen of the country is bewildered that anti- corruption laws operate only against petty officials. The crusading zeal of advocate Anupam Gupta, who made his contribution to this case first as a senior standing counsel of the UT and thereafter as counsel for the Bar Association, is laudable.

The authorities concerned who are trying to scuttle this probe are jeopardising the existence of India whose foundations are threatened by the termite of corruption.

S C CHABBA, Patiala


Special CBI Judge Darshan Singh deserves appreciation for his refusal to accept the CBI’s “closure report” in the cash at judge’s door case. It strengthens the suspicion that the CBI acts according to the wishes of political bosses of the day and is no more an independent investigating agency.

When the CBI found Justice Nirmal Yadav to be the recipient of a bag containing Rs 15 lakh in the course of its investigation, its U-turn raises eyesbrows about its functioning. The enquiry report submitted by a three-member committee set up by the CJI should be made public.

TRISHLA GARG, Panchkula 

Poetic expression

I congratulate Surjit Patar on being awarded Saraswati Samman, but do not concur with his remarks that poetry does not fall “like manna from heaven” (Nonika Singh’s article, “Caught in ethical tension”, March 24). However, his observation “Just as we are not conscious of the grammar when we speak, the same way metre is internalised by a poet” is interesting.

Poetry is the best form of literature. It is an expression of lofty thoughts in an elevated poetic language. Wordsworth called it a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. However, the noblest poetry is one that “deals with life in its finest aspects”. It is “the presenting of things in a way which pleases and stimulates the imagination.” Divinely inspired poetry holds the audience spellbound.




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