January 17, 2009 11:31:51 pm
Letter of the Week
It is assumed that children going to private schools come from rich families. The proposal to make such schools pay for the education of a certain percentage of the underprivileged is based on that assumption. However,in a letter earlier this week,Pranav Mahajan from Jammu argued that such private schools also cater to poorer students who cannot bear the burden of paying for others.
• The idea of private school funding for the education of 25 per cent of economically weak students appears noble,but there are inherent flaws in it. The approach,based on the rationale that private schools cater to the affluent sections of society only,is not entirely correct. Though there are many schools,particularly in the big cities,which exclusively cater to the richer sections of society,the majority of them deal with students from much humbler backgrounds. Making them pay for the other 25 per cent would result in their large-scale exodus,thereby defeating the purpose and idea of universal education.
• Obamas inauguration is a matter of three days. In complete agreement with Hillary Clinton,India needs a pragmatic strategy to tackle the menace of terrorism. Pakistani-backed terrorism should be the topmost priority on the Indian agenda to be shared with Obama. Given the global common cause against terrorism,and the shared threats to India and the US,New Delhi and Washington must cooperate.
Parimal Y. Mehta
• Home Minister P. Chidambarams opinion that India should sever ties with Pakistani businessmen if need be because of Pakistans utter failure and unwillingness to act on the Mumbai dossier should be appreciated by all Indians. Our policy of restraint as echoed by the PM may well be good for amiable neighbours. However,that is not the case now. Being tough at times does have its value.
Prem K. Menon
• This refers to Chat from India Inc: Let Modi lead nation. Not just business tycoons but Indians of all classes should desire that Narendra Modi be made PM. It is natural that industrialists would be the first to recognise the ground reality. Modis success is evident everywhere,most recently in clinching the Tata Nano project. And it isnt just in India that Modi is being looked upon as a competent candidate for PM. Modi is every bit capable of taking over at the Centre. Perhaps its time the media were kinder to him.
Kedarnath R. Aiyar
Lest we forget
• This refers to Chat from India Inc…. Whoever calls for Narendra Modi as PM,even if he be a top industrialist,is hopelessly out of touch with reality and has forgotten recent history. No matter how brightly his state shines,Modi will always be associated with what happened in Gujarat in 2002. His political future will not erase that past. Is profit all that big businessmen care for?
Bidyut K. Chatterjee
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