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Persistence needed to change system

The writer’s analysis of the drawbacks in the system in the wake of the gruesome rape in Delhi is accurate (“Convert anger into energy”, January 1. The burning rage that spread among the youth from Delhi to other states across the nation should serve as a wake-up call to the government.

This anger must be channelised constructively as mentioned in the article. The lackadaisical state of affairs and the faults in the system need to be fixed. Such is the case that criminals can contest elections and come to power, women are commodified in the media, the judiciary is slow and burdened and the police has become highly politicised. Therefore the police, the judiciary, the media and the electoral system need to be reformed immediately.

We need to address the fast growing gap between the rich and the poor and fix our patriarchal system which so outrageously discriminates against women. Unless both the genders are treated equally, men will continue to ill-treat and suppress women.



The central issue of male hegemony raised in the article “Oppressed Women (January 7) is correct. Women on the whole have little control over the means of production and are a weaker class. Therefore they are exploited by men. When women become economically self sufficient, men feel insecure and try to suppress them. This is why any progressive woman, who challenges patriarchy, is ostracised and intimidated. What happened to 15-year-old Pakistani girl Malala is a well known fact. Even after 65 years of Independence, political freedom still eludes Indian women. It is high time we realise that women form a big part of the Indian work force and contribute a lot to the GDP of the country.


Apolitical police

There is an imperative need for impartiality and transparency in the working of police stations in Himachal Pradesh.In a democratic set-up, the political authority should have the upper hand in the postings and transfers of officers. But this does not seem to be the case anymore as even the Director General of Police does not wield much influence in the matter. The police should be accountable to the people and it should be free from any political influence. The sooner the government realises this, the better.


Need to curb inflation

In the news article “Haryana for linking national minimum wage to inflation”, (January 5), Haryana Labour Minister empathises with labourers. But, I fear that it will lead to enhanced labour cost.

It will be more appropriate to link all public utilities, including health and education with inflation to bring efficiency, sufficiency and equity. Inflation in India has been accepted as an economic reality. The Reserve Bank of India and the Union Government has not made any serious attempt at curbing inflation and has only paid lip service to the matter.

Sadly this will only worsen the situation. Let us join hands to debate and resolve the issue.

DR MM GOEL, Kurukshetra

Rectify education policy

Apropos of the news report “Punjab gives thumbs down to Centre’s education schemes” (January 3), it seems that the state government has finally realised that the education schemes should be state-specific. Under the Centre’s new education policy, no student is to be failed till Class 8th and no student is to be given any sort of punishment in schools. This new policy has made both the students and the teachers unprofessional and lackadaisical. Indian students abroad are known to be hard working and disciplined. If such policies are blindly copied from the West, we shall lose both these virtues.

Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka rightly said the grants offered by the Centre were not regular and inconvenienced the state. After the scheme is withdrawn by the centre government, the states in order to continue the schemes furnish the funds and go into debt. Through schemes like these, the Centre makes the states hugely dependent on it for funds.


Shun vigilante justice

Commenting on the demands that those found guilty of committing rape should not be sent to trial and be publicly hanged and castrated, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir aptly cautioned the people not to get carried away and expect vigilante justice.

This is how it should be. While the people are justified in demanding a stringent law to check rapes, they must keep in mind that no civilised nation can afford to resort to vigilante justice. The rule of law is sacrosanct and must be upheld under all circumstances.




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