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Right preparation


THE WEEK-HANSA Research Survey 2018 could not have come at a better time, with school leavers embarking on their higher education journey (‘Perfect blend’, June 17). In today’s challenging times, learning in silos and getting micro-level expertise do not give one as many opportunities as an inter-disciplinary approach to learning. It also does not satisfy the curious young minds bubbling with varied ideas.


It is heartening to read about colleges offering choices across the traditional learning streams and supplementing it with community service programmes to prepare for the right type of citizens with broad mental horizons.


Vijai Pant,

On email.


I am happy to see that more colleges are focusing on counselling their students. Many students don’t know what to do after graduation. So, it is important that they are guided in that direction. Teachers should sit one-to-one with students and find out about their interests and tell them what needs to be done and how it is to be done.


Tapesh Nagpal,

On email.


Jobless people

Don’t normal people masturbate? Then why should we have problems on seeing an actor masturbate on screen (‘Point blank’, June 17). Swara Bhaskar did full justice to her role in Veere Di Wedding. Some people are jobless, and all they do is poke their nose into everything.


Viki Asthana,

On email.


Why call Japanese doll?

Anita Pratap speaks about Yeonmi Park, the North Korean defector, activist, and woman of strength and defiance, who experienced and endured so much pain and trauma (‘Sound bite’, June 17). Pratap, however, describes her as “a delicate Japanese doll”. I am astounded and horrified at how a renowned journalist could describe such a powerful and strong woman as delicate, and compare her to a “Japanese doll”.


Pratap seems to be knowledgable on how Park is actually a North Korean, and choosing to illustrate her race as a completely different one seems incredibly incorrect and politically insensitive.


Joanne Hwangbo,

On email.


United front

The elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh would indicate which way the wind is blowing (‘All hands on deck’, June 17). The opposition has put up a united front to beat the BJP in a few by-elections, but it is not enough.


It would need more such workable alliances and stronger show of strength to wrest the initiative from the BJP. The Congress has already joined hands with the BSP in Madhya Pradesh, which is a good beginning towards a viable alternative.


For the BJP, the star campaigners remain Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. It is difficult, though not impossible, for Shivraj Singh Chouhan to ward off the anti-incumbency factor. The Congress in Madhya Pradesh has to put up a strong united front with the main leaders burying their differences for the party’s sake.


Mere Modi bashing will not help. The Congress has to put forth its plan on how it would develop Madhya Pradesh if it comes to power.


The recently concluded Karnataka elections is just an indicator on how a regional party could affect the fortunes of mainstream political parties.


D.B.N. Murthy,

On email.


Quite strange

It suits all political parties to have lawyer-politicians (‘Party + practice’, June 17). Ideally, a lawyer, once he turns an active politician, should stop practicing in courts. Legislators should not double as advocates. In such cases, there is a visible conflict of interest. Many MLAs and MPs, who get privileges, also appear against the government in courts, which is rather strange.


Vrinda Nath,

On email.


Image issue

It is too early to consider Tejashwi Yadav as a sort of saviour and crowd puller; just winning a few elections is not enough (‘I cannot even think of working with Nitish Kumar again’, June 17). Narendra Modi will go all out against Lalu Prasad and his family. The sins committed by Lalu over the years will take its time to fade away from people’s memories. The only way out for Lalu and family to combat corruption is to play the caste card, which has so far been successful in Bihar. But the RJD has a serious image issue. Everyone will realise it one day.


Vivek Rajagopal,

On email.


For his party

Rajinikanth’s films from now will have a social message and he would, in some manner, through his films, help build his party’s organisational machinery (‘Wary warrior’, June 17). Rajini is no longer that interested in entertaining the audience, but he is forcing them to engage in a political conversation.


R. Sairam,

On email.


Her tacit admission

Barkha Dutt should not suggest that being apolitical also implies not being truly national (‘Last word’, June 10). The only saving grace in Dutt’s belief that “soldiers should not be netas” is her tacit admission that surgical strikes against Pakistan did take place and was not a canard perpetrated by “sadak ka goonda”.


C.V. Venugopalan,

On email.


We should leave it to the soldiers on what they want to do once they leave service. It is only in politics that we can bring change in society as a whole. So, why should there be unnecessary restrictions on soldiers in this case?


Gaurav Mathur,

On email.



Well equipped

It is a silver lining for the government to be aiming at inducting 36 more Rafale jets into the Air Force (‘Rafale delivery will commence in September 2019’, June 17). The IAF ranks fourth among the air forces of the world. But, it requires a few more fighter squadrons to fight a two-front war. The IAF will be well equipped in four years, after the induction of the Rafale jets.


K.S. Thampi,



Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has rightly praised the IAF for carrying out a major exercise like the Gagan Shakti without any hiccups. Assurance of delivery of Rafale jets as per schedule will further boost the IAF. It will go a long way in shaping the country’s defence preparedness. Besides, early procurement of other defence requirements, especially artillery guns and its ammunition, will boost efficiency.


Though we have achieved substantial progress in rocket technology, we lack the provisioning of basic arms and armaments.


Ranjit Sinha,

On email.