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Better to go hungry

Midday meals are feeding on the children and not vice versa ("The unpalatable truths" by Aditi Tandon; Sunday Tribune, July 21). Ironically, in a country where hundreds die from starvation every year, it is food which is claiming lives. Neither is the government imparting quality education, nor is it providing quality food for children. It seems hunger is better than food. It is time for the authorities to introspect and accept responsibility for such grave negligence. It must ensure quality in future.

Pratibha Singh, Kurukshetra


Blame it on political incrimination or inept practices, but it is tragic and a matter of concern that midday meal claimed lives of innocent children. Huge funds are needed for such a scheme, but are we spending the money judiciously? We need to change our complacent attitude and ensure proper storage facilities. Skilled workers should be employed so that such incidents do not recur.

Shantanu Singh, mail

Think again

Apropos the article "Give us this day our midday meal" (Fifty Fifty, Sunday Tribune, July 21), the web of red tape does not permit timely disbursal of the wherewithal to schools, undermining efficiency and diluting accountability. Many schools do not have access even to potable water. It should be imperative for every school to have a kitchen manned by trained staff and equipped with utensils and other provisions. If the government cannot manage it, it should give monthly cheques to children with regular attendance. This would be incentive enough to continue studies, which is the main objective of the scheme.

Ram Varma, Panchkula

Pinch of salt

Apropos the article "India sends a shot heard all across China" by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, Sunday Tribune, July 21), I think the hype over the raising of a mountain strike corps along the China border over the next seven years, or more, is rather presumptuous. While China has assiduously been pursuing the doctrine of "a string of pearls" aimed at the encirclement of India, we have shown no such strategic interests or hurry. We should not be euphoric. We literally have miles to go before catching up with China.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla

A step closer

I read the article "Meet the step-parents" by Nonika Singh (Spectrum, July 21) with conviction as a father of a girl who has a step-mother-in-law. Initially, I wanted to turn down the matrimonial proposal, but decided to go ahead with it. My daughter is all praise for her step-mother-in-law. Let us learn relationship management from people around us and not be prejudiced. Let us use the word 'step' to bring warmth in relationships and redefine it to give it a positive meaning.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

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