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Thank you for pub­lish­ing the fea­ture ‘I’m not a Down’s syn­drome baby – I am Mara’ (Au­gust 15) about Michelle, a mother who was tired of peo­ple call­ing her child a Down’s syn­drome baby and launched a campaign to help the public have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tion.

My hus­band Sushil and I have been blessed with Anoushka, our 11-year-old daugh­ter who has Down’s syn­drome. She is spe­cial, has made us spe­cial par­ents and changed our life com­pletely. She brings hap­pi­ness to all around her with her play­ful­ness. I feel proud of Michelle... ku­dos to her for her campaign and well done to those sup­port­ing her.

Thank you for spread­ing aware­ness about Down’s syn­drome among the so-called ‘nor­mal peo­ple’. We hope our kids lead a nor­mal life as we have never dif­fer­en­ti­ated between our two girls Gei­tanksha, 13, and Anoushka. Thank you for the beau­ti­ful ar­ti­cle.

NISHA TAN­DON, VIA EMAIL We agree with you com­pletely, Nisha. Peo­ple should not be de­fined by their con­di­tion, rather, by who they are. Karen, Ed­i­tor

The ar­ti­cle ‘99 schools in six years’ (Au­gust 22) about Thomas Lund­gren, CEO of The One, and his team de­vel­op­ing schools in Africa and In­dia, was in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing. As ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful weapon against all evils, it was won­der­ful to hear that Thomas and his team want to in­crease literacy lev­els in Africa and In­dia. His ini­tia­tive is ad­mirable and praise­wor­thy. Hats off to him. GOPIKA ANAND, STU­DENT, GEMS OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, DUBAI

You’re right, Gopika. Ed­u­ca­tion can be the most pow­er­ful weapon to fight evils.

It’s so true – the say­ing that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. Mi­randa Gib­son, who spent 449 days up a tree in protest at il­le­gal log­ging in the en­dan­gered forests in Tas­ma­nia, is a true cham­pion ‘I lived 449 days up a tree’ (Au­gust 22).

As an an­i­mal rights ac­tivist and a na­ture-lover, I’m glad to hear that many are ready to risk their lives for world her­itage. I salute Mi­randa and all those who sup­ported her. I have de­cided to vol­un­teer in en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion groups and also do­nate money to such groups. The ar­ti­cle on Mi­randa will surely in­spire many. ABHIRAMI NAIR, STU­DENT, DELHI PRI­VATE SCHOOL, SHAR­JAH We’re glad the fea­ture has in­spired you, Abhirami. Do let us know what kind of work you are do­ing with the eco groups.

Reader Nisha and her hus­band Sushil are proud of Anoushka

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