No value for human life
It is sad that 11 precious lives were lost on account of faulty sterilisation surgeries at a government-organised family planning campaign in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. It is really shocking that the irresponsible surgeons conducted 83 sterilisation procedures within five hours in the camp. It appears that those doctors had ventured to do the maximum number of surgeries that day, either to reach the target fixed for them or the doctors had callous disregard for human life and just wanted to get done with their task as fast as possible. The reason for this unpardonable crime is partly due to the fact there is no value for human life in our country and mainly because our judicial system has many loop holes exploited by reckless medical practitioners to escape severe punishment.
Tharcius S Fernando, Chennai
Dress to impress
While “dressing down” is in vogue at IT companies, Indian IT companies remain as regimented about it as dress-code clubs. Infosys, for example, enforces a strict dress code, of formal dressing (with ties) on weekdays. There is little doubt that most coders rarely need to get out of their cubicles, so to what end is the dressing. That aside, one of the reasons why IT company founders like Zuckerberg dress casually is because the nature of their enterprise doesn’t necessitate a formal sartorial sense. In their lines of work they are selling products and services that don’t require creating impressions in the mind of the client. A banker, on the other hand, needs to dress to impress upon his client that his words (which are the only tool to sell a loan or a deposit) are to be taken with seriousness and gravitas. There is little reliance on the banker’s own skill; rather the product’s viability is a grey area of speculation. To cloud out the frivolousness associated with speculation, the banker must bring in an affectation of seriousness with his dressing.
Prahlad Bhasin, Mumbai
It is ironic that the BJP, which in the run-up to the elections scathingly criticised the NCP, finally won the trust vote with the help of the latter. This once again brought to the fore BJP’s doublespeak in matters related to corruption. Only naive people will believe that the NCP’s unconditional support is merely for political stability. The coming days will show what the NCP receives as quid pro quo.
Kiran Jose, Kerala
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