Readers’ Thoughts

July 2020

Brave New World

This is related to your story on the novel coronavirus that has taken the world by storm. The title ‘New World Order’ emphasises the kind of world we now live in - with masks and gloves and sanitizers.

Easing lockdown protocols in many countries, the world has once again stood up to bear the brunt of the economic havoc caused by the pandemic. However, as more people come out on the streets and start going to jobs, the virus has begun spreading rapidly. Though many countries are working to manufacture a vaccine, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the virus is here to stay and that the people have to learn to live with it.

Wasay Sheikh,
Karachi, Pakistan.

Social Catastrophe

This is regarding the article ‘Biting the Hand’ by Sabria Chowdhury Balland about the plight of garment workers in Bangladesh, especially women. With businesses closing due to the pandemic, many in Bangladesh are deprived of their basic salaries and their families are starving. The workers had already survived hand-to-mouth and, with not getting salaries, they have started protesting and ignoring social distancing. For an economy which is heavily dependent on its garments manufacturing and export industry, it is surprising that its workers are treated this way in times of crisis. Shame on you, Sheikh Hasina!

Mita Haque,
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Justice for Animals

This is with reference to the article ‘A Bear Story’ by Labbaba Jahangir about the illegal trade of wildlife. Although animal rights and animal welfare movements have improved in the 21st century, we still see animals being tortured and ill-treated for entertainment purposes in circuses or individually. The IUCN Red List has described sloth bears to be vulnerable and has banned their trade as they are among endangered species. Despite that, as a result of lack of resources and awareness, they are being used by tamers to earn a living. In order to end the animals’ miseries, better laws need to be imposed to rescue and transfer the animals to countries with better facilities and, for that, we all need to work together.

Sachini Bandara,
Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Learning to Say ‘No’

The phrase ‘the customer is always right’ is long gone. Yes, we must satisfy the needs of customers but sometimes their demands are just not reasonable. We are taught never to say ‘no’ to a customer but what we don’t realise is that it can even cost the business. Learn to say ‘no’ when customers make unusual demands but also, one the other hand, empower your employees to make the right decisions and encourage them to go that extra mile to fulfil the needs keeping in view the extent to which demands can be fulfilled.

Betty Cooper,
Brighton, England.

Gender Bias

There have been a number of debates on how we stereotype a man and a woman. For a long time, one witnessed how women were taught to adjust and compromise in a male-centric world but gone are those days. Now, where on the one hand, women are acquiring almost 50% in the corporate sector and balancing both their jobs and home tremendously, men are cooking, doing laundry and taking care of the kids, along with doing wonders at their workplace. That’s how we all want to see men and women complementing each other. We have heard ‘in unity there is strength’; just imagine how much we can prosper if we follow this guideline in our homes as well.

Amit Kumar,
New Delhi, India.