School of thought
* This refers to Pratap Bhanu Mehtas article Without DU diligence (IE,May 2). In the era of domain specialisation,an educational model that produces a Jack of all trades,master of none,is no longer viable. Delhi Universitys new four-year programme has not gone through thorough discussion,wide consultation and a proper weighing of the pros and cons. It is only a presumption that the reforms will be beneficial for students and pave the way for more jobs. Moreover,not everyone wants to do the same kind of job. One needs different aptitudes and interests for different jobs. Research activity in various field will be restricted. Also,introducing a basic foundation course uniformly is a bad idea. DU has been one of the most prestigious universities in the country and a hub of intellectuals. But,in spite of valid protests by students and teachers,DU authorities have been adamant and have not given consideration to multiple views.The university cannot seek to produce cogs in the machine but thinking individuals.
Anchit Mathur Delhi
Explaining to do
* THE widespread anger about Sarabjit Singhs death,particularly among his family members,is directed at government apathy in India. It is quite justified. The government may be blamed for not doing enough,even after Sarabjit was brutally assaulted in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. The government will find it difficult to defend itself in Parliament on this failure,particularly at a time when its relations with the opposition are at their lowest ebb.
Yash P. Verma Pune
* THIS refers to the editorial Missing in opposition (IE,May 2). The BJP as an opposition has lost its political direction and its instinct for survival. If an opposition is honest,responsible and believes in healthy parliamentary debate,it can compete with ruling parties for public favour. But the BJP seems craven and aimless. It lacks farsighted and bold leadership. To boycott or disrupt a democratic platform like Parliament is to disrespect democracy. The peoples money is being spent to serve such baseless conflict. If the opposition becomes weak it is harmful for the ordinary citizen. There is no check to the ruling partys power. As the largest partner in the NDA,the BJP should concentrate on leading constructive politics.
Uttam K. Bhowmik Tamluk
* THIS refers to SC raps govt for security cover to Mukesh Ambani (IE,May 2). As the Supreme Court says,Ambani can afford to hire private security guards if he is being threatened. Security should be used to protect the ordinary citizens of the country. Too many rich and powerful individuals are granted exceptional facilities by the state,leaving the rest of the country to fend for itself.
Suren Abreu Mumbai