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* Apropos to the editorial 'With DU respect' (IE, January 7), Delhi University is internationally famous for its high quality of education and the diversity of its students — who are drawn from different parts of India and the world. The university campus is like a microcosm of modern India. This serves to strengthen the spirit of tolerance and diversity. By mooting a parochial policy of reserving seats for Delhi residents in DU colleges, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia shows his lack of understanding of what makes the university special. The need of the hour is to open more colleges so that a wider section of people can experience DU. Not to arbitrarily shut the door for some.
— Subhash Vaid
* This refers to 'An army of teachers' by Arjun Subramaniam (IE, January 7). The writer's idea on how to reform the education sector is excellent. Everyone knows that the quality of education in our country is not up to the mark. Our universities are not well represented in global higher education rankings. Our approach to education is overwhelmingly commercial — how best to secure a job. In foreign universities, research output is the metric used to judge quality. There are scores of retired defence personnel who are fit to become teachers. It is up to the authorities to tap this invaluable resource pool for the improvement of the education sector.
— G. Mirajgaonkar
Out of ideas
* This refers to 'The Hindutva heartland' (IE, January 7). It has become convenient and fashionable to blame every episode of communal violence on the BJP. However, the statistics tell a different story. After the 2002 Godhra riots, there has been no occurrence of communally motivated violence in any BJP-ruled state. If we analyse development indicators objectively, then also BJP-ruled states come out on top. It is grossly unfair to say that the BJP only wins elections by polarising society on religious lines. Please look at the party's victories in Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh. Where was the polarisation? The political opponents of BJP have run out of grounds on which to criticise it.
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