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Muster the will to fight corruption

This refers to the article, “Lokpal needs teeth to bite” (July 2) by Jagdeep S Chhokar. It is sad that many of us have drowned ourselves deep in corruption. More distressing is our lack of will to fight against this menace. It appears our main political parties have no desire to enact a stringent Lokpal Bill. The rampant financial indiscipline is helping the unscrupulous elements to fill up their coffers at home and abroad. Some politicians, administrators, businessmen and others have webbed a nexus and are beyond the reach of law enforcement agencies.

If the present government, whose prime responsibility is to eradicate corruption, does not check the shady manoeuvres of corrupt individuals, people will lose confidence in the system, and India may fall in the eyes of the international community. 

SC VAID, Greater Noida


It has rightly stated that what is important is not the consensus on the Lokpal Bill but its version that is acceptable to all parties. As is the case, most of the political parties will not be very keen to cut their own throat by going in for a strong and effective Bill. But on the other side, people are now fed up with corruption and will like to see an end to it. The opposition parties may, therefore, be supporting the civil society’s draft just to swim with the tide. At this juncture, they cannot afford to be seen opposing this Bill at the cost of their own credibility. But once inside the Parliament, they will use every trick to obstruct it. 

HEMA, Langeri (Hoshiarpur)

Upgrade colleges

I read with interest the article “The great cut-off controversy” (July1) by Prof Deepak Pental. High cut-offs (even 100%) for admissions to undergraduate courses in colleges affiliated to Delhi University and elsewhere have elicited a debate in the country. Suggestions for establishing more quality institutions of higher education, redesigning 10+2 examination, considering other criteria along with marks, and need for another  level-playing examination need  to be explored.

However, failure to get admission in a desired course despite good performance in qualifying and entrance examinations, reports of malpractices like leaking of question papers and facilitated admissions are annual episodes which we forget once the admission session is over and when the new academic session starts and students resume their studies. There is another aspect of the problem. Many seats remain vacant in engineering, MBA and even degree colleges across the country. It indicates that we need to redeploy resources as per educational demands of the students.

Increasing competition for admission to certain colleges and courses emphasizes the need for improving access to quality education in the country. However, 95-100% cut-offs for admissions put a serious question mark on the particular examination. In 2011, more than 10 million students appeared in 10+2 examinations in the country, and this is likely to increase every year. How will the Indian education system meet the educational needs of such a large student population? No doubt higher education system has improved the capacity by opening several universities, IITs and IIMs, and now we have more than 500 universities and 25,000 colleges of different types. The problem lies in the quality of these institutions, as is pointed out by FICCI general secretary Rajeev Kumar, who has clearly stated that only 40% of these institutions are accredited. Moreover, most of the private institutions need to improve their standards and also get through the accreditation process to gain the confidence of the public. Opening of resource-draining institutions like IITs, IIMs etc may not solve the problem of offering quality education to such a large number of students. The existing colleges across the country, where seats remain vacant, particularly in rural areas, need to be upgraded through liberal grants.

Dr V R PARSHAD, Ludhiana

Female dignity

This has reference to the article, “Among (un) equals” (June 29) by Madhu Purnima Kishwar. The statistical analysis given by the author to prove the fact that the West is not behind Third World countries when it comes to violation of women’s rights ignores the aspect of legal remedies available to such affected women. It has to be noted that in countries like India, it takes years for a female victim to get justice.

Law enforcement officials themselves rank among those who stand accused of harassing dignified Indian females. No doubt, the rate of crime against women in western countries is also very high. But the justice delivery system in those countries ensures that such victims do not face double jeopardy, first at the hands of the accused and then harassed by the system. Any act that undermines female dignity anywhere in the world is absolutely despicable.


Help rebuild Pakistan

The middle, “To Pakistan and back” (July 1) by Ashok Tuteja, presented a true picture of the prevailing conditions in Pakistan. The concerns of the family members of the author are genuine. No one knows what could happen to anyone at any time in Pakistan where there are daily bomb blasts and other terrorist activities. In such scary conditions, no one would allow a family member, especially the head of the family, to go to Pakistan on an official or even a private visit. Until conditions improve in Pakistan no one in India, or any other country, would 
like to send one’s near and dear ones to Pakistan. However, we must work for the betterment of Pakistan. We must try to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan.

The international community should take all steps to make Pakistan a better place to live with dignity and honour. Even the people of Pakistan are fed up with terrorism and now want to live in peace and prosperity. Let us help Pakistan by continually holding talks with its leaders. This is necessary for peace to prevail in the region.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh



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