Don’t sully technology
Apropos of the column “IS doesn’t need Facebook or Twitter”, (November 19, FE)it is important to understand that the technology as such is not evil, but is exploited to evil ends. Telegram, the DM service, operates under the guiding principle that a regular user’s privacy is sacrosanct; that did not foresee terrorists using it to relay messages. In fact, it is not possible for technology to foresee all problems its varied usage can pose later. One good example is nuclear energy: While it can be a source of tremendous energy, we do have nuclear bombs. But should the proponents of nuclear technology carried out their studies because there was a potential of some one making a bomb from it? Or were they even aware that some day someone would make a bomb from it? No one can deny that the world body of knowledge is richer for the discoveries. Adding to the human knowledge base is best left free of politics. And whereever it is politcised, let the response be to the politics behind it.
P Sugandhi, Chennai
Pay panel pains
No doubt, there would be a deep fiscal dent pursuant to the 7th Pay Panel report. There is such a ring though of diligent authenticity about the figure of 23.55 % that we may apply without second thoughts the same percentage to the following for restoring fiscal health, given the annual outgoing at R1 lakh crore: Reduction of stake in every profit-making government enterprise, public welfare schemes of all description, and interest rates on post office and other savings, MSP to farmers and other lesser commitments. Surprisingly, the armed forces have been embraced with unusual warmth this time by the babus. That the generous civilian padding provided by the panel is being sought to be covered by shades of khaki in the hope of a Cabinet nod could only be a coincidence.
R Narayanan, Ghaziabad