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TSI | Issue Dated: August 19, 2012, New Delhi

This is in reference to the article by Prasoon S Majumdar on NCERT textbooks "Black Books" (TSI, July 22). It has shed positive light on many issues and suggested steps to identify educationally inappropriate materials in textbooks and recommended alternatives, if necessary. The review committee proposed the deletion of only 17 of the main cartoons and demanded improvement in the note given below 18 of the mini cartoons. In the written text, only a marginal change at three places were suggested. Therefore, the report says that 91 per cent of main cartoons, 94 per cent of mini cartoons and the entire text in the six books are free from any change. However, many academicians and independent scholars feel that the hurt sentiments among Dalits on NCERT textbooks are due to imaginary community sensitivities and not understanding of the larger perspective of allowing students to apply their mind independently and empirically on issues to enhance their learning faculty. The purpose of education is to bring about the best in every human being.
Koshy John,

Assam  violence
This refers to the article "Pride & Prejudice" (TSI, August 5). I would like to state that any right-minded person will get shocked on the recent molestation cases all over the country. In Assam, however, such molestation incidents are taking place frequently and the administration remains rather inactive. What is more shocking is that the police instead of taking action against the perpetrators, have started advising people in rather savage way which is not expected from the police force of a civilised and modern nation, especially when they are also law enforcing agency. Even the diktat of the religious pundits against girls wearing certain type of dresses does not go with the modern attire in use all over the world. Thus the social elders should note that instead of enforcing a sudden ban on acertain type of attire, there should be discussions at various levels on the negativity of the modern western dresses in India. Once they are convinced, automatically this dress problem will be over. However, simultaneously, the government should be very strict and prompt in dealing with the molestation or rape cases.
Lt Col Ranjit Sinha (Retd),

Illegal immigrants
This is in reference to Prasoon S Majumdar's "Politics of Illegal Colonies" (TSI, August 12) bringing to light the mushrooming of illegal colonies in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana with politicians arm-twisting laws to get such dwellings regularised in order to build vote banks. This has not only made things difficult for the law enforcers but is a grim reminder that if such things continue, city living would become more complex. Notwithstanding that cities have been contributing enormously to the gross domestic product, they have also become hotbeds of deprivation and social unrest due to bad precedent set by governments. In this context, though creation of wealth is important, the government must understand that rational and balanced development can only be achieved  through long-term planning and policies rather than stressing on short-term gains to regularise 1,200 colonies in Delhi which would further lead to haphazard growth.
R Srinivasan,

Food  f iasco
Referring to the article "Fill the stomach, but not fulfill" (TSI, August 5), I would like to state that it is okay on record  that the government is spending about Rs 1.19 lakh crore towards the food security expenses. However, it does not seem to have accounted for the ration items especially the kerosene oil illegally being sold by the public distribution shops (PDS). Also this expenditure does not include the illegal ration cards that a PDS holds and ration is being booked against these. Additionally, the rations which are wasted in the Food Corporation of India godowns are also not accounted for. Inclusions of cereals like maize, ragi, bajra, and soya, and also pulses are very novel suggestion and be accepted. These cereals contain high calorie value, hence would be beneficial. In this context, I may like to add that before Independence during the 1940s, I have seen that pulses, soap, washing soda and even sari, dhoti were all sold through PDS at a very cheaper rate. These would be beneficial to the poorer section, especially the families below the poverty line.  Simultaneously, the government should also step up its vigilance over the PDS in order to detect malpractices, plus the offenders should be punished.
R Sinha,
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Lack of leadership
In the editorial "As the only national party... India!" (TSI, August 5), I would like to state that it is indeed a fact that the Congress after the demise of Indira Gandhi, does not seem to have a mass leader. Even Rajiv Gandhi too lacked the knack of mesmerising the people with his personality.  In fact, it is essential to remain in politics for a long time before developing the leadership quality. Rajiv was never aspiring to enter politics, hence he never took any interest. However, Rahul, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, is also not a crowd puller. This is adequately proved during the elections in Uttar Pradesh. In fact, the Congress is in a very tricky phase, in one side they do not want to make any body as Congress President and Prime Minister outside the dynasty, while on the other there is a lack of leadership having the potential within the dynasty. It will be difficult for the Congress to get out of this riddle. Today the people of India neither like a puppet Prime Minister nor get convinced with only promises. They want result plus change as we have seen in UP as well as West Bengal elections. However in contrast, the opposition BJP has mass leaders like Narendra Modi who has a commendable track record as Gujarat's Chief Minister and possesses every quality to become the prime minister of this country. Besides, the BJP also have other experienced veteran leaders like LK Advani among others.
Col R Sinha,

Maruti mayhem
In reference to the special report "Mayhem at Maruti" (TSI, August 5), the incident of labour unrest at the automobile manufacturer's plant at Manesar in Haryana leading to lockout is not only unfortunate but it has also sent a message to the outside world that India is not a favourite destination for investments. At the same time, it is also an eye-opener to corporate managements who perceive that increased productivity and profits are the "be all and end all" ignoring the welfare of employees who toil hard and often sweat in unsafe and unhygienic conditions, with inadequate safety measures. Despite the deteriorating industrial relations, the unruly behaviour and barbaric violence unleashed by a section of workers leading to the brutal killing of General Manager-HR and critically injuring several other officials has no justification. It is a pity that a well-established company like Maruti, running on profits with huge orders on hand for execution, has announced lockout due to mindless violence by a section of workers. As a result, the company has been incurring a huge loss running to several crores a day. Similarly, the government machinery by failing to intervene in the matter at the right time, has only hurt India's image as a favourable investment destination for overseas companies.
Andhra Pradesh

Ethnic effect

In reference to the article "The beginning or the end!" (TSI, August 12), the story of animosity and hatred between the indigenous Bodos and the immigrant Muslims in Assam began to explode in no time with ethnic flare-up. Bodos are left with no alternative as they have become the victim in their own land by over-dominated and overspreading illegal dwellers from Bangladesh. This has endangered their own demographic existence. Assam's Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's and the Centre's response to mushrooming illegal immigration dilemma has been no more than a lukewarm approach from many decades. Unfortunately in the recent widespread violence, the rioters made the scapegoat of innocent people and killed them which are a shame to humanity. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi- led state government is a huge failure in time of humanitarian crisis which rocked Assam because of his insensitivity and power to understand the misery of the suffered people.
Janga Bahadur Sunuwar,

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