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Course correction

Course correction * This refers to ‘Spectre mongering’ (IE,July 22). Rajnath Singh’s outburst against English and how it has allegedly destroyed Indian culture is irresponsible. English is what connects Indians who have different mother tongues,and to the rest of the world. The BJP has a very confusing and self-contradictory agenda. They should concentrate on issues […]

Written by The Indian Express | Published: July 24, 2013 12:37 am

Course correction

* This refers to ‘Spectre mongering’ (IE,July 22). Rajnath Singh’s outburst against English and how it has allegedly destroyed Indian culture is irresponsible. English is what connects Indians who have different mother tongues,and to the rest of the world. The BJP has a

very confusing and self-contradictory agenda. They should concentrate on issues like how to improve the economy and reduce corruption. They should attempt to make India a fast-growing country again instead of resorting to retrograde politics.

— R.K. Kapoor

Chandigarh

Middle path

* This refers to ‘Medical entrance: Govt may seek review’ (IE,July 20). A single countrywide entrance test for admission to all medical colleges was introduced because multiple entrance tests,often with different syllabi,were proving to be problematic. Even so,the arguments against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test cannot just be brushed aside. The IITs managed to balance the need for the Joint Entrance Examination and retain control over their selection process at the same time. Perhaps a similar via media could be worked out for medical education.

— Surinder Marwaha

New Delhi

First principles

* I agree that the Congress has failed in providing the country with good governance and that it follows a policy of appeasement towards certain sections of society (‘When in trouble,talk secularism’ by Ravi Shankar Prasad,IE,July 22). But the writer has presented a picture of his party that is not corroborated by facts. The BJP also relies heavily on identity politics and does not focus on governance issues alone. The party’s attempts to reignite the Mandir issue is proof of this. A party’s belief in true secularism must be established before governance can be talked about.

— Anchit Mathur

New Delhi

Hard truths

* This refers to ‘Note to UPA-bashers’ by Shashi Tharoor (IE,July 23). While Tharoor boasts of the UPA’s increased power generation capacity,he fails to mention how much of this capacity is operational. That 66 years after Independence,the government fails to provide regular,non-fluctuating power to a majority of citizens is appalling. While Tharoor talks of MGNREGA,he forgets that perpetuating below minimum-wage income earning,rather than encouraging skill development,even in states like his own Kerala,is not empowerment but perpetuating poverty in the long term. While he talks of food security,he fails to mention which practical and transparent mechanism is in place for its implementation. And while he talks of the quantitative increase in literacy,he fails to explain why quality is so badly compromised,as has been detailed time and again.

— Girish S. Jadhav

Kolhapur

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