Letter of the Week
Learn and earn
It is good that ITI intakes are up. We must also increase the availability of jobs, which can largely come from small and medium enterprises (SMEs). China developed SME-oriented “industrial zones”, which played a critical role in facilitating their growth from family operations to global powerhouses. These zones provide basic infrastructure, roads, energy, water and sewage, security, streamlined government regulations, affordable industrial land, technical training, low-cost factory shells and worker housing. Such foresight in nurturing SMEs played an important role in China’s astonishing industrial development over the last two decades. We ought to learn from it if we hope to compete with it in the global market.
R. Narayanan, Ghaziabad
This refers to ‘All our love stories’
(IE, July 1). The ruling of the United States Supreme Court is a historic and landmark decision that accords equal rights to the LGBTQ community. In India, while people tinted their Facebook profile pictures with rainbow colours, it was surprising that no one from Bollywood came forward and demanded the scrapping of Section 377. The Indian film fraternity needs to learn from Hollywood how to make films that support the community, and not limit it to roles where homosexuals are meant to tickle your funny bone.
Amit Nanchahal, Gurgaon
Active euthanasia can provide relief to a patient when her chances of survival from a terminal disease are low (‘The right to die’, IE, July 2). The main advantage of this is that it would free up medical facilities for patients who can still be cured. But the fact remains that active euthanasia devalues human life. It can become a tool to deny treatment to the poor and the needy, whose cases may not be judged objectively. Further, legalising active euthanasia in India will lead to gross misuse of the law, no matter how much care is taken to plug loopholes.
Ketan R. Meher, Palghar
This refers to ‘Because of the 44th amendment’ (IE, July 2).There is no denying that the 44th amendment provides necessary safeguards against attempts to throttle the most basic fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. But to call it a panacea for all excesses and something that has made our democracy emergency-proof is an overstatement. We must not forget that the Emergency of 1975 was enforced within the framework of the Constitution, and until the provisions to impose an emergency remain, the threat looms large, particularly when the ruling dispensation has an overwhelming majority.
The only sure way to make our democracy emergency-proof is to strengthen the democratic spirit of the masses.
Santosh Pandey, New Delhi