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Posted at: Aug 15, 2018, 12:02 AM; last updated: Aug 15, 2018, 12:02 AM (IST)

The hate campaign

Apropos ‘JNU student Umar Khalid attacked’ (August 14), it is shocking that he was attacked in broad daylight in one of the safest places of the national Capital, that too, when security has been heightened for Independence Day. Hatred and propaganda against those who speak up against the establishment is having serious consequences. Anyone who writes or speaks against the establishment is labelled anti-national and a hate campaign is launched against him/her on social media. This can lead to violence as we have seen in case of Gauri Lankesh and Kalburgi. The police must launch a fair probe. 

Minanshu Mittal, Faridkot

Win some, lose some

Kohli is right when he says India was outplayed by England (‘Kohli offers no excuses’; August 14). The ground conditions were the same for both teams. It has been a long and tiring series with T20, ODIs and now tests. The team cannot perform superbly all the time. Majority of non-English players brush up their skills by playing county cricket. The Indian team looks fatigued. There is no dearth of cricketers in our country awaiting the test call. They may be given a chance to don the national colours. 

Gurdeep Singh, Dharampur 

Education, not business

Refer to ‘Quality education needed in pvt institutes’ (August 10), the writer has oversimplified the issue of privatisation. Finding panacea in an effective regulatory mechanism to tackle poor quality standards has limited use. The mechanism can work for institutions wishing to improve their standards, and which are meant to serve society. Applying the theory of the survival of the fittest does not augur well as education is not a marketplace. The solution lies in undertaking a social audit of such institutions.

Mohammad Sohail, Chandigarh

Quality higher studies

Educational infrastructure is necessary in private institutions for higher education, but there is not enough quality faculty (‘Quality education needed in pvt institutes’; August 10). Communication skills can be improved by language labs which are a vital component for balancing the quality and quantity of manpower produced in our higher education institutions, including private ones. Teachers in government institutions prefer to send their wards to private institutions. India has demographic dividend in terms of its youth, who deserve quality higher education.


The will to set it right 

Refer to ‘Teachers on mission’ (August 11); to bring about a turnaround in school education what is needed is the missionary spirit and self-motivation among those at ground zero. Teachers have brought about this change since they were highly motivated. This personal initiative resulted in a positive outcome. The state education department should sustain the momentum.  

DV Sharma, Mukerian

Peace how?

I am confused about the integrity of the new Pakistan PM, because on the one hand Pakistan’s militant target our jawans and on the other hand they talk of peace (‘Indian envoy calls on Imran, bats for peace’; August 11). Only recently our four soldiers were martyred. Pakistan should mend its ways. 

Akshit Bakshi, Ambala

One more in BJP kitty 

Apropos ‘NDA wins, Harivansh RS Deputy Chairman’ (August 10), the BJP-led NDA has added another feather to its cap. It is for the first time that the highest political posts — President, Vice-President, Lok Sabha Speaker, Prime Minister and now the RS Deputy Chairman — have been taken by the NDA, but still other parties are dreaming of winning the 2019 poll by forming an alliance, which appears to be shaky. The Congress should work hard under the supervision of a capable president. All other parties appear to be weak before Modi’s charismatic personality. 

Rajinder K Arora, Kurukshetra

Unsafe highways

Newly constructed dividers, with flowery bushes, have come up along highways. Due to monsoon, grass too has sprung up, drawing stray cattle, otherwise left to starve. At night, they often fall prey to speeding vehicles due to low-night vision. Every other day, one sees cattle or dogs lying dead on the road. Such accidents cause a painful death to animals and endanger human lives. The authorities concerned should take remedial steps. 

Vishwa Bandhu, Phillaur

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