Letter to the Editor: Forced refugees

But the reason people gave the BJP a clear majority was because they believed the party’s promise to bring about change. But what we see today are a minority forced to become refugees in their own land.

Published:June 28, 2017 1:46 am
 faridabad lynching, attack on muslims, BJP, BJP nationalism, cow protection, cow vigilantes, india news, indian express At the spot of the crime. (Express Photo: Gajendra Yadav)

This refers to the article, ‘May the silent be damned’ (IE, June 27). It’s unfortunate that incidents of lynching — something that was hardly heard of some years ago — are at an all-time high. What follows after such incidents is even scarier: The victim is portrayed as the criminal. Such scattered, but frequent, acts of violence do make dealing with them challenging. But the reason people gave the BJP a clear majority was because they believed the party’s promise to bring about change. But what we see today are a minority forced to become refugees in their own land.

Nishith Mehta, via e-mail

Debating education

This refers to the article, ‘Not for the children’ (IE, June 27, 2017). In his Union Budget speech in 2016, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley talked of a Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency to provide an enabling regulatory architecture to 10 public and 10 private institutions. This, he argued, would “enhance access to high quality affordable education for ordinary Indians”. This initiative was surprising given that the Union Cabinet decided to withdraw the UPA government’s Higher Education and Research Bill (2011) on the premise that centralisation of powers, instead of delegating functions to the state governments, was detrimental to India’s federal polity. Unfortunately, the government has decided to defer its action on the new policy and has reinforced the impression that it is trying to dodge a debate on reservations in educational institutions.

Shreyans Jain, Delhi

This refers to the article, ‘Not for the children’ (IE, June 27). Our expectations from the education system should be realistic. Comparing it with western standards serves no purpose. The West has enjoyed over 200 years of economic prosperity. Governments, both past and present, have taken satisfactory initiatives in education.

Sayantan Ghosh, Kolkata

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    Abhay Sandwar
    Jul 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    It is a faulty headline that minority forced to have refugees style of living . Why such situations crop up . most of people are innocent and are guided by wrong doers and wrong people behind whose main intent is to create chaos in the society . Why some one will indulge into a wrong and bad business practice and if done what happens if caught , people normally do not believe in right way of action instead take to bad line of action and certain people are badly hurt and and a sense of insecurity prevails forcing one to leave the present place to avoid further tension. This logic of Public is also not well. Secondly , a rational approach is needed to tackle such systems which is running deep into the system . Govt has to see and tackle all such sensitive issues with public co-operation and continuous awareness and it will surely solve the this and all such tricky issues. Let society live in peace for progress. and a healthy society . Wrong doers must be punished
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    Reclaim kapali
    Jun 28, 2017 at 4:30 am
    But the reason people gave the BJP a clear majority was because they believed the party’s promise to bring about change. But what we see today are a minority forced to become refugees in their own land. Ni h Mehta, via e-mail Did the "people" individually inform Mr.Mehta their reasons for giving BJP a clear majority? And how is Sri.Mehta's memory or reading of history, in Kashmir a minority was already forced to become refugees in their own land 3 decades in the past. And as to other parts of India, the majority was and is eroded, marginalised, "secularized". So perhaps he should not presume on behalf of the people who voted for the BJP. It is time the minorities are secularized and integrated, if they resist, well we can wait on that.
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