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Crime against women: Change mindset

This refers to editorial “Blaming the victim” (January 3). Sensibilities always vary from individual to individual and from culture to culture. What is provocative for one may be sensible for another. Actually, whatever may be the dress of a woman is not enough to explain the rising graph of violence against the fairer sex. So, the police, society or the government can’t provide an enabling mechanism to ensure the safety of women. Rather, there is a need to change the mindset that deserves a lot of self-effort to uplift the frequency level of mind power.


Backup softwares

This is with reference to the article “Mean Machine”, which appeared in Saturday Extra on January 7. If one uses simple backup softwares to backup critical data such as operating system, one can easily restore his/her system to a last good working state in minutes. Computer crashes can take place due a variety of reasons, the main being a virus attack from a malicious email/surfing, etc. Also, documents and data should never be stored in the same drive as the one hosting the operating system. This will help reduce the size of the data needed to be backed up and will not result in loss of hard work due to a system crash.

RK SACHAR, via email

Wise decision

This refers to editorial “Better counsel prevails: Anna’s decision not to campaign is wise” (January 7). This timely and thoughtful step of Anna will help him in prolonging his stay in public life in a graceful manner. The common people of India (particularly the educated sections in rural and urban areas) hold Anna in high esteem though they do not entertain the same view about his high-profile team members. Except Anna, others who happen to share the well-known platform of India Against Corruption (IAC), have allegedly benefitted in small measures from the present socio-political system. It is not so easy for every middle class individual to stand the probing gaze of common people, particularly when he or she tries to be sententious and sanctimonious about others taking advantage of the system for petty individual gains. Besides this, Anna and his team members came to be viewed as politically inclined and motivated because of their regular appearance on TV channels, challenging and even ridiculing the political leaders for their real or perceived ignorance and callous indifference towards passing a strong Lokpal Bill in Parliament.


Damage already done

Whether Babu Singh Kushwaha stays in the BJP or leaves it or requests for keeping his membership in abeyance till such time he proves himself innocent in a court of law, the damage is done. By admitting Kushwaha, the BJP stands dwarfed. Because, the impression that the BJP is no different from other political parties when it comes to recruiting powerful individuals for electoral gains even if they carry the stigma of corruption has got etched on people’s conscience and no amount of political chicanery will help erase the blot soon. 


Good move

According to a report, following representations by the political parties that the DGP and the Home Secretary of UP were acting as the agents of Chief Minister Mayawati and could influence voting in favour of the BSP, the CEC had ordered the two to be removed from their posts with immediate effect.

It is a pity that highly placed government servants tend to ingratiate themselves with the political party and the politicians in power forgetting their oath to the Constitution to be independent and their responsibilities to the nation. Hopefully, the strong action by the CEC will put some good sense in the heads of those who are prone to influence the political power not only in UP but also in the other poll-bound states. 



Our hero-worshipping has no limits. We can go to any length. In one of the prominent Hindi dailies, an image of Australian cricketer Michael Clarke has appeared. Not because he scored a rare feat of a triple ton, but because he took Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket.

Don’t get surprised if you soon find BCCI raising statues of all those bowlers who took wicket of Tendulkar in his last 188 Test matches.


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