The decision to remove the books disappoints me. The decision to pulp the books disappoints me even more. All this while I thought only the Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuang would destroy books that he disapproved of. I never expected NLB to be so dramatic.
This book reading event is a statement against bigotry and intolerance. It is a rejection of the idea that some families are less worthy than others simply because they are different, or that some people deserve derision or scorn simply because they are different.
Let people read these two books. Let people discuss and debate them. Let people form their own opinions and interpretations. Let there be both support as well as opposition to these opinions and interpretations. Let the people be free to read and to think and to form their own views of the world.
NSP’s CRM scheme risks accentuating racial and communal politics by the simple fact that it will reinforce the perception that political resources must be specifically reserved for minority candidates in order to ensure that a fair number of them get elected.
If we want to repair our education system, the first thing that we need to do is to relieve teachers of all these onerous duties that have nothing to do with imparting knowledge, and refocus their efforts on actual teaching and imparting of values.
A couple who decides to spend the rest of their lives together needs a home for themselves. If they cannot afford to purchase private property, then they will most often go the BTO route. That saddles them with a wait of between 2 to 4 years.