With DU respect
- Patna High Court stays Nitish Kumar's election as JD(U) legislature party chief
- Arvind Kejriwal gets down to business, calls for full statehood for Delhi
- President Pranab Mukherjee warns against deviation from constitutional principles
- Sunanda Pushkar murder case: SIT to quiz Shashi Tharoor tomorrow
- Shanti Bhushan accuses Arvind Kejriwal of accepting 'tainted' money
Why does Manish Sisodia sound like Raj Thackeray? Delhi's strength is everyone can claim it as their own.
Nothing travels faster, it seems, than a bad and populist idea. By announcing that 90 per cent of the seats in 12 Delhi University colleges directly funded by Delhi will be reserved exclusively for residents, the new education minister, Manish Sisodia, has endorsed a small-minded proposal that was earlier supported by the BJP and Congress. Another set of colleges where the state has provided 50 per cent of the capital grant and pays recurring grants every year will also have to seal off half their admissions. In other words, if things go according to plan, roughly 12,000 seats across 28 colleges in Delhi University will become unavailable to general applicants.
The proposal to close its university's doors, in any manner, to "outsiders", does disservice to the very idea of Delhi. The city-state of Delhi is also the national capital and the varied talent that it draws from all corners of the country is a tribute to the city as well as its greatest strength. The large-hearted cosmopolitanism of this city of migrants sets it on par with metropolises like Bangalore and Mumbai. Before the AAP goes ahead with its misguided plan, it should look again at the voters, or even its own council of ministers, and ask just who the real "Dilliwallah" is.