Madarsas must modernize to benefit country

Madarsas must modernize to benefit country

Sir – The Maharashtra government has recently announced that madarsas which do not teach science, mathematics, English and the social sciences will be considered “non-schools”. The state government there gives each madarsa a yearly grant of Rs 5.5 lakh. It must be remembered in this context that the United Progressive Alliance government – which had […]

Will Asaram Bapu walk free?

Will Asaram Bapu walk free?

Sir, Just yesterday, I chanced to see a news flash on television that a key witness that linked rape accused Asaram Bapu to his crime, has been killed. This bumping off of key witnesses appears to be a murky business. It is really suspicious. Now that the key witness has been killed, the court may […]

India: still a long way behind

India: still a long way behind

Sir , The Supreme Court of the United States of America has legalized same-sex marriages in all the 50 states of the country. While pronouncing the verdict, the associate justice of the Supreme Court, Anthony Kennedy, said, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice […]

Christopher Lee: Iconic Villain

Christopher Lee: Iconic Villain

Sir , It was sad to read the news of the death of Christopher Lee, who essayed the iconic role of Count Dracula. With his demise, a glorious chapter in the world of cinema has come to an end. Lee, a British actor who earned a knighthood, had devoted his long acting career to portraying […]

Thoughts on Child Labour Day

Thoughts on Child Labour Day

Sir, India is home to the largest number of child labourers in the world, over 12.59 million! A major concern is that the actual number of child labourers goes undetected. M.V. Foundation in Andhra Pradesh found nearly 400,000 children, mostly girls between seven and 14 years of age, toiling for 14-16 hours a day in […]

Bihar should embrace transgender achiever

Bihar should embrace transgender achiever

Sir, I went through a column of the newspaper highlighting the transgendered, once a suppressed section, are participating in the society. A ray of hope is seen to some extent for a fraction of country’s population-some transgenders in India are freely expressing their gender identity and exercising basic rights. Society is also moving in favour […]

Hot and Hotter

Hot and Hotter

Sir, The mercury in my town has risen to 42 degrees! People are trying to beat the heat in every possible way. But the heat continues to have its effect, especially on people who cannot afford to protect themselves from it. Even in the houses of the rich, air-conditioning machines are breaking down, often leading […]

Ashamed and embarrassed

Ashamed and embarrassed

Sir, It is high time that well-educated and sensible people are elected to the legislature, and not just anybody who happens to be given a party ticket. The irresponsible and at times stupid views of MLAs and MPs makes us ashamed and embarrassed. How can we say that India should march on towards a bright […]

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