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Your cover story 'Pracheen cool' (Jan 22) was a pleasant surprise. Man craves for change and the turn towards the old is yet another example of this. For instance, people now prefer drinking water from copper jugs for health benefits. The students of a traditional gurukul academy in Bangalore play cricket in dhotis. They learn mantras from traditional Vedic books. Pracheen Cool has many takers. And entrepreneurs are doing their best to milk this current trend. Marketing managers, too, are customising their pitch to cater to this emerging trend.
KR Deshpande, via email
Weed out corruption
The interview with World Bank president Robert Zoellik (Jan 22) was fabulous. He handled ticklish issues, like inflation and corruption, very well. Though some of his answers were evasive, most were well-fielded. India allowing inflation to get out of hand will harm our growth prospects quite acutely. On this count, we ought to take immediate corrective steps. Also, corruption is one of the biggest deterrents to our growth story. Unless we address these issues on a warfooting, we will always lag China.
Ashok Jayaram, via email
A long road ahead
This is with reference to 'Does Indian science pass the litmus test?' (Jan 15). I believe that a mere increase in the number of published research papers does not guarantee a pass in the litmus test. Quality matters too. Except in a few 'navaratna' -type research institutes, where research is of international standards, the contribution from our universities is dismal. The IT sector soaks in most talented young graduates. The future of science rests on students who are prepared to sacrifice high incomes for challenging and satisfying academic lives.
Dr R Narasimhan, via email
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