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Acknowledge skills, limitations of students

The stabbing of a teacher by a student in Chennai was a very disheartening incident. Investigations will reveal the circumstances that led to the boy committing the heinous crime, whether it was pressure, stress, failure or lack of guidance.

There is nothing wrong in making children studious, but the way in which the teachers and students try to achieve this goal should be holistic, acknowledging their skills and limitations.

The parents and teachers must understand that they are dealing with the student as a human being, not as a machine.

Students need love and affection, care, somebody to listen to their feelings as a real friend, to hear them and guide them in the right direction.

The parents should spend time with their kids. The teachers should also be trained to deal with children.



The word ‘indiscipline’ is not enough to explain the violent act. Students these days are more busy with their mobile phones than with their studies. The teachers, mostly women, work at meagre salaries and are under tremendous pressure of school managements. They also have to face the rude attitude of students. Parents, teachers and other social organisations should sit together and take corrective measures before it is too late.


Health care for seniors

An overwhelming majority of senior citizens are not aware of maintenance and welfare laws framed for old parents and senior citizens. The government must frame policies with regard to healthcare facilities for senior citizens. Health care facilities, like in other western countries, to the senior citizens are of paramount importance to them.

It is true that in traditional Indian families, the elderly merged well in the family setup and were suitably cared for as mentioned in the editorial ‘Ageing Population’ (Feb 4). With the advent of nuclear families, they have been hit hard and have to face both physical and financial insecurity.


Budget time

There is a proposal to raise the I-T exemption limit to Rs 2 lakh in the coming budget. Tax exemption as a whole goes against our efforts to bring in more people under the tax net and gather additional resources for development.

To widen the tax net, we should do away with the I-T exemption limit altogether or bring it down to a very low level. Let everyone, including the poor, pay the tax though at a very nominal rate starting, say, from one per cent or so and gradually increasing to 10 per cent for income beyond Rs 2 lakh and 20 to 30 per cent beyond Rs10 lakh.

The suggestion may draw criticism but if adopted it will bring in crores of additional funds to the national kitty. Besides, it will give a sense of pride to the lower strata of society by contributing towards nation-building.

Wg Cdr CL SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Dirty pictures

No condemnation is enough for the Karnataka ministers who were caught watching sexually-explicit video in the esteemed House (editorial ‘Lust for porn’, February 10). Why doesn’t anybody raise his voice against mainstream commercial films which shamelessly border on pornography? The sections of the public ridiculing the indecency of the ministers themselves run to the theatres to view films full of dirty pictures.

The ministers have been rightly coaxed to resign, but who will put an end to the social menace of exploiting the female body in films, TV reality shows, advertisements and magazines, all in the name of ‘art’.



The ‘Porngate’ ministers have lowered the dignity of the House. In the eyes of every Indian our Parliament and the state Assemblies are considered revered temples of democracy. Similar conditions prevail in other state Assemblies too where MLAs and ministers are least worried about the proceedings going on in the House to discuss the welfare of the people. Such people are responsible for making, exploiting and then eliminating the likes of Bhanwari Devi.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh

Smoking in public places

Try to stop a smoker, puffing out smoke in buses, trains or in a market and see how he reacts. You will have to face his anger and there will be no one around to endorse your viewpoint nor will you find any cop around to see that the legal ban is imposed seriously.

It is a welcome step that a team of officials from the Health Department and an NGO challaned 20 persons in Jalandhar for smoking at public places.

It is a proven fact that passive smoking is more dangerous than active smoking. But despite a ban on smoking at public places, people are seen smoking anywhere and everywhere.

SADHNA SAINI, Jalandhar 



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