Running a country had always been an art but in modern times, it has actually become a science. Our rulers, though, are not so well versed in the art. They usually win elections on the basis of money and machinations of powers-that-be but, professionally, are incompetent. Some have actually amazed us by showing that they do not even have the knowledge of simple norms of governance. Look at the problem, for instance, we are having with India these days. Minister after minister, without any rhyme or reason makes the most mindless of statements for nothing, just to catch the attention of media, nothing else Why can't they find scores of local problems to speak about, if speak they must? I think we need to make these flagged personnel at least act wisely, even if they lack wisdom. I strongly suggest that the ministers be sent for courses on basic management before occupying their positions. -AMJAD HABIB MIRZA, Lahore, via e-mail, January 1.