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Posted at: Sep 24, 2017, 1:52 AM; last updated: Sep 24, 2017, 1:59 AM (IST)

Freedom of expression

Roxna Swamy’s book may contain facts that are difficult to digest by her husband’s numerous ‘enemies’, but it comes under the freedom of expression and speech (Kaffeeklatsch: This is no ordinary Swamy). No matter how partisan and one-sided the book is, Roxna has all the right to bring the ‘talent, wisdom and experience’ of her husband, Subramanian Swamy, in the public domain. Detractors of the book, too, can exercise their right and reply appropriately.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi


Late advocate PP Rao’s assertion that “I am a servant of the law” showed the clarity he had about the profession he served for half a century with distinction. His undelivered lesson to the EIC should motivate all those who want to contribute their bit to strengthen the judicial system as a fundamental institution of the Indian democracy.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala


Captain sahib should pay heed to the advice on changing his tailor. I may join the issue and mention about a talkative barber, who always boasted to one of his client that how on a holiday in Rome he got an audience with the Pope, who praised his professional skills. To shut up the barber, the client cooked up a story on how in Vatican, he, too, got an audience with the Pope, who advised him to change his barber. 

MS Khokhar, by email

Put humanity first

We cannot become ignorant to those seeking refuge in our country (Is national security bigger than humanity?) Humanity should be the top consideration than our perception of insecurity. How can the Rohingya, who are struggling for their own survival, be a threat to the host? Please do not alienate our Muslim brothers.

Gurdev Singh, Mohali


The Central Government’s plea in the Supreme Court that the Rohingya are a threat to the nation is nothing but eyewash to hide its anti-Muslim agenda. How can these helpless refugees, mostly children, women and aged, be taken for terrorists? The government should reconsider its stand.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Obstacles to ed-tech

In this digital age, technology can do wonders in imparting quality education (Ed-tech: Here it comes). But it will be effective only if the basic infrastructure is in place. Primary education still leaves a lot to be desired. The Punjab School Education Board, for instance, has not been able to deliver textbooks to its students even after seven months into the current academic session. What will technology do when students are not getting their basic needs?

Pushpal Singh, Amritsar


Technology should work as a healthy supplement to teaching. Too much stress on using technology to enhance learning outcomes diminishes the role of a teacher, whose personalised touch is a must for the holistic growth of a child. Technology can adversely impact the teacher-pupil relationship. 

S Kumar, Panchkula

Performance matters

The brand value of any sportsperson is directly proportional to victories or championships s/he has won (Why Sindhu is such a big deal). Players like PV Sindhu, Vijender Singh and Sakshi Malik have become brand ambassadors on the basis of their consistent performance in their respective sport. These players have done a great service by encouraging youngsters to think beyond cricket.  

Sanjay Chopra, Mohali

Naming storms

Some time back, the naming system of hurricanes was in the eye of storm for opting for only women names (When Harvey met Irma). After objections, the storms were named after men also. It is good that now a balance has been adopted by the World Meteorological Organisation, which brought the Harvey-Irma Schluter story, published by The New York Times, to the world audience.

P Lal Singh, Amritsar

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