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Posted at: Jul 29, 2018, 12:10 AM; last updated: Jul 29, 2018, 12:10 AM (IST)

Focus on native languages

There is no doubt that the knowledge of English, the universal language, is a necessity in the modern world because of immense opportunities it offers (Of cultures & concepts). But we should not forget that it’s the native language that truly represents the culture and communication of the land. It’s important to preserve local languages to conserve regional cultures. The emphasis, therefore, should be on finding a fine balance between teaching English and other foreign languages along with the native languages.

Ravi Sharma, Jammu


The Haryana Government has set a precedence for other states by introducing the innovative book I am not afraid of English in primary classes. The education department has adopted a practical approach of teaching 1,000 simple sentences in Classes I to V to acquaint students with the language. This move will go a long way in churning out students who are well-versed in English. Well done Haryana, keep it up!

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Save rivers

Intense investigations in the past 30 years have yielded fruitful data on the existence of the Saraswati river (Real efforts for mythical waters). It finds mention in the Rig Veda and the history also has it that the river supported the Harappan civilisation over 4,000 years ago. But that’s history. Instead of hunting for a mythical river, the concerted efforts should be made to save the existing ones. India is staring at a severe water crisis in the times to come, if a new life is not infused into our polluted rivers. 

Mona S Khokhar, Via email

Disconnected to roots

The Doaba region in Punjab — comprising Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahar and Kapurthala — is home to nearly 14 lakh emigrants (Desolate dream homes of Punjab). However, this is also the reason for many desolate and vacant homes in the region. It is unfortunate that the second and third generation immigrants, who are born and brought up in the West, have little interest in maintaining a link with their ancestors’ origins. The government or the community should do something to stop this disconnect from growing bigger.  

Lal Singh, via email

Respect established channels

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s direct contact with jawans and other juniors through WhatsApp will lead to indiscipline and disobedience in the armed forces. The Army Chief should be careful in using the social media platform which is fraught with risk. Above all, the long-established channels of communication should be respected. The existing grievance redressal system, which has worked for over three decades, is the most effective and safest of all modes to reachout to jawans.

JS Wadhwa, Kapurthala

Gender equity needed

The principle of equality makes no difference between sons and daughters, men and women (The inheritance of loss). But the way majority of women are deprived of land and house ownership says much about ostracism and prejudice prevailing in society. The Hindu Succession Act, 2005, is utterly disregarded across castes. The need of the hour is to sensitise society to treat women equally and ensure they get their due rights.

Sylvia Malik, Jind

Croatian Prez led the way

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic became the toast of the town during the Fifa world cup final as she boosted the morale of her country’s soccer team sitting in the audience (Tales of grit & determination). Soaked in rain and wearing her national colours, as she hugged her team captain Luka Modric, it touched our hearts. It was an exemplary behaviour of simplicity and humility from a head of a state. There was no paraphernalia and no unnecessary security personnel around her. It was reported she had come on her own expense in an economy class and stayed in an ordinary hotel. What a fine example inspiring leadership!  

Col RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

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