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Give varsities time

It has been rightly opined in the editorial Deemed to doomed universities (January 11) that the derecognition of 44 deemed universities by the Tandon Committee is illogical and unjustified. It is painful to note that while the process of granting recognition to any academic institution takes years, to derecognise, it takes very little time. The Yash Pal Committee has rightly suggested that these institutions should be given sufficient time and opportunity to bring the requisite qualitative and quantitative amendments. It will undo any unjustice done to these institutions and strengthen the universities.

Dr V K Anand, Patiala

Help disgruntled NRIs

The NRI sammalan has ended in yet another farce, an extravaganza comparable to the jamboree at Saifai in UP. There are a multitude of disgruntled Punjabi NRIs, including myself, begging the state officials to remove encroachments and restore possession of our ancestral properties. We are made to run from one officer to the other, each demanding hefty sums of money. Sadly, at times, even after payment, nothing gets done.

It's about time that someone sat up and took note of our sad plight.

How can the state expect us to contribute to development of our respective villages when even the simplest of our grievances are not addressed?

Murari Sharma, London

NRI sammelan for whom?

Apropos the report Punjab diaspora special: NRI sammelan (January 11), the Chief Minister has again performed this annual ritual. These sammelans are attended by the few Indians who are either politically advanced in foreign lands or those who want to show off their NRI tag while they are on social visits to India. A majority of the participants are the owners of small businesses like liquor stores or trucking companies. Very few of them are successful doctors or engineers. NRIs have an almost negligible presence in the manufacturing sector in the West, especially in the USA. The participants neither have the capital nor the entrepreneurship to start a venture in India.

Some of them publish full-page paid advertisements or news in the Punjabi press of the USA to show that they were photographed with the Chief Minister of Punjab. That is all they do after their India visit.

The common NRI is too busy to pay off his mortgage of the house or car and he cannot afford this excursion. Moreover, the common NRI knows that almost all Indian politicians send their children to study in foreign countries and buy properties in the USA or Canada.

The toiling NRIs have nothing to do with the repeated shows.

KS Dhami, Freemont (USA)

Needless diplomatic row

This refers to the editorial Tit for Tat Diplomacy (January 11). We are needlessly creating bad blood in our relations with America when we know that Davyani Khobragade is not blameless and above board

Indian diplomats in Western countries behave with us in a shabby and insulting manner. Sometime back, my husband and I went to Canberra for some visa work. The gentleman in the High Commission dealt with us in an insulting manner. When my husband started speaking in Hindi, he haughtily said: "Speak in English." When my husband said that he would make a complaint, the gentleman said: "Do whatever you like."

When we were in India, my husband narrated this to his journalist friend who is the chief editor of a newspaper chain. He said he would write to Dr Manmohan Singh to recall this man to India (Is angrej de put nu India sad lao).

Satinder Kaur, Griffith ( Australia)

Idealism has vanished

No doubt, India has witnessed tremendous progress in almost every walk of life. However, somewhere on the way, the idealism that brought freedom to the country has vanished. And this has made all the difference. As a consequence, power brokers and criminal groups have displaced the motivated and devoted leaders. Little wonder that naked pursuit of power and pelf rule the roost on the vital political front. How sad!

Tara Chand, Ambota ( Una)

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