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Quest for quality

Former UGC Chairman Professor Yashpal has raised a pertinent point in his lecture on "Developing Scientific Temper, Humanism and Spirit of Inquiry and Reform" (November 6). He rightly pointed out that "Knowledge is always achieved. It is never taught." But the mushroom growth of engineering and management schools has ensured an emphasis on quantity rather than quality. Parents now spend a fortune in securing quality education for their wards. But they need to be careful and see to it that the institutions are actually able to foster scientific approach, creativity and innovation. Every child is special and a herd mentality can do more harm than good. Rupinder Pal Kaur, Faridkot

Marital bliss

Appropos "Unfaithfully yours"(Saturday Extra,October 29) by Nonika Singh. In rural areas, men and women remain strongly loyal and emotionally attached to each other, whereas in urban areas they promptly reveal their dislikes and disapproval of each other. Urban couples are far too demanding, ,pragmatic and mechanical. Mentally there appears to be a complete disconnect between them. Economically and physically, they are secure but emotionally they appear quite insecure and threatened. The chemistry of marital bonds is too mysterious to be given any guarantee. It is human nature to flirt, cheat and betray. Blessed are those who get love in return of love in married life. 
Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad 

Fauja Singh 

No finishing line for him" (Saturday Extra, October 29) made for immensely interesting reading. Every time I read about Fauja Singh, I get to learn something new. A simple man from a small village in Punjab, he never ceases to amaze and inspire. He is over 100 years old but still gets featured in an advertising campaign alongside David Beckham. Although illiterate, he certainly knows how to live life. We should learn from him that to lead a happy life, we need just simplicity and a positive attitude.
Navdeep Kaur Basra, Ludhiana 

Bhaag, Milkha, Bhaag

I greatly appreciated the profile "A communist at heart" by Harihar Swarup (October 30) based on the life and achievements of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. I applaud the unflinching faith of Mr Mehra in hard work and good things of life. His fans have no doubt that he would do justice to the life of Milkha Singh in his next film. That is because Mehra himself went through a lot of struggle. The film 'Bhaag, Milkha, bhaag' will hopefully inspire an entire, new generation. Mehra needs to be applauded for resisting the temptation of making yet another film on love and romance.
Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad 

No mercy

It is unfortunate that criminals on the death row ( On a razor's edge, November 6) are not executed swiftly. But Justice demands that these killers pay for their crime, specially after the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence awarded to them. No extraneous or political considerations should come in the way. Mercy pleas for these killers are misplaced and insensitive.
A.K.Sharma, Chandigarh 

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