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Benefits will be restricted to the interested parties alone: politicians,bureaucrats,card printers and contractors....

February 10, 2009 2:35:48 am

The idea of national identity cards is not feasible in a country as big and diverse as India (‘Identity crisis’,IE,February 5). Benefits will be restricted to the interested parties alone: politicians,bureaucrats,card printers and contractors. Even if the state miraculously achieves this,how will it account for the homeless millions? Further,given that acquiring ration cards,voter identity cards and driving licences is not insulated from corruption,how would the issuance of the said national identity cards be regulated?

— R.C. Goyel Ambala


More than dreams

What is passed off,not just at educational camps but also at urban schools and colleges,as education is no more than literacy (‘Beyond the fields’,IE,February 9). Many of us retain backward and feudal mindsets that hinder rather than promote a healthy attitude towards life and its challenges. Therefore,we must not only encourage a child to dream but also provide her with support systems for realising those dreams.

— J.M. Manchanda

New Delhi

Death of ideology

With the advent of the coalition era in Indian politics,ideology has indeed taken a back seat (‘Mix and match’,IE,February 6). “My enemy’s enemy is my friend” has become the key to today’s opportunistic politics. It is no surprise that Kalyan Singh has found an easy political sanctuary in the SP,regardless of whether Mulayam Singh’s sticks to him or not.

— S.K. Gupta Chandigarh


Free and dangerous

Recently,the Pakistan PM,Yousuf R. Gilani,said that A.Q. Khan was a closed chapter. Then,the foreign minister S.M. Qureshi went a step further,saying it was history. Perhaps the scientist was not under house arrest but rather house protection. And then,Pakistan finally did what it always meant to by releasing the disgraced nuclear scientist.

— Deepak Chikramane



In poor taste

The IPL auctions have shocked us all. With a recession on and the economy not likely to recover for some time,with so many people out of jobs and helpless,it was in poor taste to throw money away on players like Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Peterson. When banks and corporate houses are bleeding,is such extravagance wise? Cricket for sure is entertaining,but why should we rejoice with shareholders’ hard-earned money? Besides,if these funds are invested in grooming youngsters for,say,the Olympics,we can win many more medals in the years to come.

— S.N. Kabra Mumbai

Brittle comrades

The CPM betrays a mystifying brittleness in Kerala (‘Discipline and punish?’,IE,February 7). It is a shame that a party that had such stalwarts as the late P. Sundarayya is in such poor shape. Do the new powerful such as Pinayari Vijayan convey the message of the CPM? And what about the party’s old hard tactics in Bengal,which too it rules?

— Prasad Malladi


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