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Ragging has no place in education

This refers to the article, “Say ‘no’ to ragging” (August 30). With the beginning of the academic session, there is a growing concern as to what is the best way to tackle the menace of ragging. It is true that the authorities concerned try their best to curb this menace. But the incidents of ragging happen behind the scenes in hostels. These incidents often go unnoticed and unreported, unless an untoward incident occurs.

Ragging has no place in an educational institution. But it continues to exist because none wants to be left alone in this ‘exercise’. This is a misconception. Ragging is not an activity that has the potential to add any value to one’s self-esteem. Senior students, who stand against ragging, will always be liked and respected by their juniors. Besides, even in a family, ragging should be criticized. In that case, boys and girls will be brought up in an atmosphere where ragging is disliked. Society’s role in rooting out this menace is very significant.


Young brigade

The young brigade of the Congress has woken up rather late (Probe handling of Anna issue: Cong MP to Rahul, August 30). Even as Anna Hazare was being taken to jail, they preferred not to utter a single word. Now they realize that their silence may cost them heavily in the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. What they do not realize is that Anna’s movement has taken the political discourse to another dimension. The movement has awakened the people of this country. Young leaders of the Congress may have to answer some tough questions.

However, it might not be accurate to say that these leaders of the Congress could have handled the Anna situation better. Whatever may be the assessment, young leaders of all parties will do well to realize that they need to respect the sentiments of the people. Rahul Gandhi should address the issues that bother the common man. Corruption is certainly one of the issues.


Tainted leaders

Even after Anna Hazare has ended his indefinite fast,discussions on the issue of corruption and his methods to force the government to adopt his version of the Lokpal Bill continue. The article, “Seize the Anna moment” (August 31), has rightly pointed out that both Parliament and civil society should now cooperate to fight against corruption. Tainted leaders should not be allowed to become ministers. But nothing effective has been done so far in this regard. This is one of the reasons why people are critical of political leaders. Anna’s movement allowed the people to give vent to their pent-up emotions.


Reservation policy

Time has come to discontinue all kinds of reservation, as most of the people in this country are fed up with reservations. Through the recent movie, Aarakshan, the director made a good suggestion that instead of reservations and coaching classes, free education should be given to students hailing from the backward classes. Even Dr Ambedkar recommended reservations for 10 years only. Now what is going on? There is no end to reservations because of the defective election system in our country. Elections are fought not on the basis of merit, but on the basis of money power. Political leaders do not want to lose votes of those belonging to the backward classes. So, reservations are going on even after 64 years of India’s independence.

Moreover, elections are also the root cause of corruption. Therefore, the government must take steps to root out corruption. Only then India can prosper and the people of this country can have a better standard of living.

SARBJIT KAUR DHILLON, Retired Professor, Chandigarh

Welcome gesture

The editorial, "Amnesty for stone-throwers” (August 30), rightly welcomes Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's decision to grant amnesty to 1200 Kashmiri youths, who have been lodged in various jails across the state on a charge of throwing stones at security forces last year.

Keeping in view the fact that the youths acted at the behest of separatists, the decision to release them on the occasion of Eid is a wise and "a bold step". It must be realized that these youths have already lost an academic year. All efforts must be made to resettle them by giving them employment opportunities in the state.   

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh


This refers to the editorial, “Amnesty for stone-throwers” (August 30). Omar Abdullah’s goodwill gesture of releasing 1200 Kashmiri youths arrested on a charge of throwing stones at security forces is welcome.  This gesture is aimed at providing these youths, who have been misled, an opportunity to rectify their errors. The Chief Minister has often been accused of not being proactive on the issue of human rights violation that has plagued the state. The people of the state have high expectations from Omar Abdullah, who is the youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.  


Inner charm

The middle, "Inner beauty" (August 22) by Sanjeev Trikha, is very interesting and inspiring. It also delivers the message that it is the inner beauty that matters and nothing else. In our daily life, we often see many beautiful faces, but all are not charming. The charm always glows internally, and a person, who is ‘ugly’ within, his/her beautiful face will fail to attract anyone.

Youngsters today are conscious of their physical appearance, and associate beauty with external charm. They don't recognize the fact that good qualities make a person beautiful in the real sense.

In the middle the writer, who does not possess charming and attractive looks and has had to experience bitter remarks for his physical appearance, now comes to know the truth from an innocent child that he has all along possessed the most beautiful trait, and that is love, which is akin to God.




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