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500

'Bhakti Challenges Communal Religion'
John Stratton Hawley maps the mystical journey which knits India

John Stratton Hawley
Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University
Anuradhan Raman

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

499

Identity and inclusive governance
Only a party that combines governance with a welfare agenda that is inclusive of social identities such as Dalits, OBCs, minorities and women can surge ahead in the coming elections

Ajay Gudavarthy
(Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

498

Unlearning undemocratic values
India's long-standing legacies of caste, gender and class antagonism replicate on campuses as well. As higher education moves forward, it does so on these social cleavages

Sukhadeo Thorat
(Sukhadeo Thorat is professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research).

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

497

Leaving no stone unturned
The draft National Conservation Policy's exclusive focus on the preservation of ASI monuments is akin to a project solely to protect the tiger without factoring in the other elements in an ecosystem

Nachiket Chanchani
(Nachiket Chanchani is assistant professor of South Asian Art and Visual Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

496

What went wrong with India's TB control
The story today is a far cry from the 1960s, when we led the developing countries' fight against the disease

T. Jacob John
(T. Jacob John is chairman, Child Health Foundation, New Delhi, retired professor of Christian Medical College, Vellore, and past national president of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

495

Scientist and Intellectual
- Obaid Siddiqi and his larger family

Prabhat Patnaik
The author is Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

494

The devil is in the detail
Per capita entitlements under the food security bill will not cover beneficiaries as comprehensively as household entitlements

Reetika Khera
(Reetika Khera teaches economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

493

Does cancer need a new name?

Professor B. M. Hegde
(The writer is a former professor of Cardiology, Middlesex Medical School, London, and former Vice-Chancellor, Manipal University)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

492

Behind India's Urbanism
The new city is caught between revolution, repression and the rush of aspirations

Sanjay Srivastava
(Sanjay Srivastava is professor of sociology and co-editor, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University North Campus)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

491

From the granary to the plate
Despite its many flaws, the food security bill is an opportunity to end the leakages from the PDS and prevent wastage of public resources

Jean Drze
(Jean Drze is visiting professor at the Department of Economics, University of Allahabad)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

490

What Amartya Sen doesn't see
Growth-oriented reforms provide the true starting point for any poor country

Arvind Panagariya
The writer is professor of Indian political economy at Columbia University

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

489

Towards food for all
The food security bill has sound economic backing

Bhaskar Dutta
The author is professor of economics, University of Warwick

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

488

Education and Equality
- Most of India's universities are being consigned to low morale

Sukanta Chaudhuri
The author is Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

487

Education and Equality
- India is marketing education primarily as a consumer product

Sukanta Chaudhuri
The author is Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

486

Stories they tell about languages
The idea that a tongue spoken by a large number of people across a territory is 'pure' and therefore must not be changed is wrong

Rama Kant Agnihotri
(The author retired as Professor and Head, Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

485

Now let there be more learning
Excessive control and irresponsible criticism has contributed in the paralysis of some Indian private universities

Santosh Choubey
Santosh Choubey is Chancellor, AISECT University and Dr CV Raman University

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

484

Bottom-up welfare is the only way
Social schemes, customised to the needs of the people in a region, help empower the weaker sections

Sreeram Chaulia
Sreeram Chaulia is Dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs, Haryana

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

483

A Primary Matter
- Why has this recession not produced a price deflation?

Prabhat Patnaik
The author is Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

482

The State and the Child
- Problems of foster care

Ashok Sanjay Guha
The author is professor at the School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

481

Curious case of blind man's bluff
Claims made to champion DU's four-year UG programme are contradictory and leave students in the lurch

Saikat Ghosh
Saikat Ghosh teaches English in
SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi University

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

480

Medicine is too much with us
Just as the industrial revolution did a lot of damage and is still doing, drugs will do the same if left unchecked

Professor B. M. Hegde
(The writer is former professor of Cardiology, Middlesex Medical School, London, and former Vice-Chancellor, Manipal University)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

479

When development triggers caste violence
The educational and economic development of Dalits is seen by the backward castes as a challenge to the social order, as recent incidents in Tamil Nadu show

Hugo Gorringe
(Hugo Gorringe is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

478

Risk and Resilience
- The new buzzword in development aid

Alaka M. Basu
The author is professor, department
of Development Sociology,
Cornell University

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

477

Why Delhi University's four-year degree is a good idea
It is an attempt to reinvigorate higher education in India, make it broad-based and accommodative in consultation with all stakeholders

Chandrachur Singh
(Chandrachur Singh is an assistant professor of Political Science at Hindu College, University of Delhi. He is the India Research Outreach Coordinator and Universitas 21 doctoral fellow at the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, U.K.)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

476

Is the glass half full or half empty?
The gaps between slums and non-slums have become glaring as our statistical system does not capture the quality aspects

Amitabh Kundu
Amitabh Kundu is professor of economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

475

Vivekananda's legacy of universalism
He believed that no religion was superior to another. There can be no meeting point between his message and that of the sangh parivar

K.N. Panikkar
(K.N. Panikkar is a former Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

474

What Right To Education?
Failing to meet the prescribed norms, half of the existing schools will lose their recognition

Arvind Panagariya
The writer is professor of Indian political economy at Columbia University

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

473

India's new College Inc makes a loss
Administrators want to run universities like corporate houses. Delhi University proves such a strategy is flawed

Prasanta Chakravarty
Prasanta Chakravarty is Associate Professor of English, University of Delhi

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

472

Alphabetical order to discrimination
Considering the knowledge of English as a mark of social advancement and that of the vernacular as backwardness disenfranchises significant sections of society

Sanjay Srivastava
(Sanjay Srivastava is a professor of sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

471

Calling big pharma's bluff
The lesson from the Supreme Court ruling on Gleevec is that pharmaceutical multinational corporations need to focus research on genuine innovations rather than on ways to evergreen their patents

Dwijen Rangnekar
(Dwijen Rangnekar is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, U.K.)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

470

The overuse of rankings
Global university ordering is limited in what it measures. The exercise provides only an incomplete perspective on higher education

Philip G. Altbach
(Philip G. Altbach is Monan University Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, U.S.)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

469

The Tyranny Of The BoP
Import barriers and capital inflows will not make the current account deficit go away

Arvind Panagariya
The writer is professor of economics at Columbia University

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

468

The Crisis and the Left
- Change will come as the third world's economies are hit harder

Prabhat Patnaik
The author is Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

467

To Teachers, With Contempt
By understanding the value of learning,
DU's reforms demean teachers

Nilofer Kaul
Nilofer Kaul is a teacher and
a psychoanalyst

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

466

Needed: Socially Relevant Research
Meghnad Saha (1893-1956) was arguably the biggest giant of Indian science of the last century. But more important than Saha's contribution to science was his desire to address society's problems

Professor Vasant Natarajan
(The writer belongs to the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

465

In search of a revolutionary road
Psychiatric diagnoses continue to lack the predictive power required of hard science. A new framework is needed to understand mental health, distress and disease

K.S. Jacob
(Professor K.S. Jacob is on the faculty of the Christian Medical College, Vellore)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

464

Scoring higher on education
Effective spending, reworking the affiliation system and breaking academic bureaucracy are key to better universities

Philip G. Altbach
Pawan Agarwal
(Philip G. Altbach is professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, U.S. Pawan Agarwal is adviser for higher education, the Planning Commission, Government of India)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

463

Capitalism and Equality
- Even reformed capitalism cannot give equal opportunity

Prabhat Patnaik
The author is Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

462

Leave Tendulkar Poverty Line Alone
Upward revision driven by populist pressures would take the focus away from the poorest of the poor

Arvind Panagariya
The writer is professor of economics at Columbia University

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

461

Let down by the State of things
The current spate of agitations by the country's middle class is proof that ideas about systems of governance are changing

Sanjay Srivastava
Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology, at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

460

New priests of learning
In the haste to transform universities, vice chancellors are the new messiahs while teachers have been consigned to the role of minor functionaries

Shahid Amin
(Shahid Amin is Professor of History, Delhi University, and Rajni Kothari Chair, Centre for Studies in Developing Societies, Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

459

Death of irony in the age of media
Although Ashis Nandy has explained the context in which he made his corruption remark, the furious pace of TV and Internet does not allow space for a re-evaluation

Sankaran Krishna
(Sankaran Krishna is professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

458

It's Primary Evidence
Delhi University will award aspiring elementary school teachers a diploma in two years. This move undermines the Right to Education Act, writes Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar
Krishna Kumar is a professor of education at Delhi University, and a former Director of NCERT

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

457

India's benign constitutional revolution
How 'We the People' came to be the source of authority of the Constitution

Shivprasad Swaminathan
(Shivprasad Swaminathan is Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

456

Voice of the Establishment
It is a myth that Barack Obama is guided by public opinion or is a President of the people

Inderjeet Parmar
(Inderjeet Parmar is a professor of politicial science at the City University London; President, British International Studies Association; and Chair, Obama Research Network, U.K.)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

455

State of the Economy
- India's economic prospects are looking slightly brighter

Bhaskar Dutta
The author is professor of economics, University of Warwick

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

454

Where buying a motorcycle can spark a riot
Refusal by Dalits to work as agricultural labour and to perform menial duties plus their relative economic improvement have made them the targets of caste violence

S. Anandhi
M. Vijayabaskar
(The writers are Associate and Assistant Professors at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

453

Our footsteps on the moon
Money alone is not the measure of the worthiness of the cost of exploring space

Priyamvada Natarajan
Priyamvada Natarajan is professor, departments of astronomy and physics, Yale University

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

452

Health Matters
- The lack of universal healthcare is basically anti-democratic

Prabhat Patnaik
The author is Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

451

New Day, New Start
The Aadhaar-enabled direct cash transfer scheme will not solve all problems that dog the State's delivery programmes. Still, it is a worthwhile experiment

Abhijit Banerjee
Abhijit Banerjee is Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics and Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

450

Rays Of Hope For Economy
Recent policy activity - like on retail FDI - promises that government is getting back to business

Sudipto Mundle
The writer is an emeritus professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

449

The entitlement syndrome

Chandrika R. Krishnan
(The writer is Assistant Professor of Soft skills in ICICI Manipal Academy)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

448

Legitimate aim, unconstitutional means
The 117th Constitution Amendment Bill has failed to define low representation of SCs/STs which is necessary to make reservation in promotions possible

Anup Surendranath
(Anup Surendranath is an Assistant Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi, and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

447

The death of a small boy
The Betul tragedy shows that the state does not consider emotional or intellectual maturity important in a person who teaches children

Krishna Kumar
(The writer is Professor of Education at Delhi University and a former Director of NCERT)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

446

The trouble with hurried solutions
The World Conference on International Telecommunication showed that countries are not yet ready to arrive at a consensus on regulation and control of the Internet

Chinmayi Arun
(The writer is Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University, Delhi, and a Fellow of the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. She attended the WCIT from December 3-14)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

445

FDI in retail? say a big NO

Professor Anupam Bhargava
(Professor Anupam Bhargava, a PhD in Management, is a former AGM of SBI. He is now Adviser and Research Guide at Rajasthan Vidyapeeth (Deemed University), Udaipur)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

444

Wanted: intellectual leaders, not CEOs
In their eagerness to push through reforms, Vice Chancellors resort to emergency powers, creating an atmosphere in which dissent is a no-no and education the casualty

Apoorvanand & Satish Deshpande
(Apoorvanand teaches Hindi and Satish Deshpande Sociology at the University of Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

443

Poverty amid prosperity
While Gujarat's GDP growth in the last two decades has been notable, it is not reflected in employment, wages, health or education

Atul Sood
(The writer teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

442

A Passage To Capitalism
India, China and Russia are undertaking varying, yet similar, voyages into the
21st century

Sudipto Mundle
The writer is emeritus professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

441

The quiet grip of caste
No one can be blamed for being born in an upper caste, but this privilege entails a responsibility to fight the caste system, writes Jean Drze

Jean Drze
Jean Drze is visiting professor, Department of Economics, Allahabad University

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

440

Goddesses By The Lake
- From festival towards public art

Tapati Guha-Thakurta
The author is professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

439

Entrances and Exits
- Standardized testing and the question of academic freedom

Supriya Chaudhuri
The author is professor of English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

438

A Growing Appetite
- Corruption is a necessary element of neo-liberal economies

Prabhat Patnaik
The author is a former professor, Centre for Economic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

437

How It All Adds Up
- Towards a more meaningful petroleum pricing policy

Dipankar Dasgupta &
Tushar Kanti Chatterjee
D. Dasgupta is a former professor of economics, Indian Statistical Institute. T.K. Chatterjee is a project and management consultant to the S.K. Birla Group

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

436

Garbage as our alter ego
Trash is capitalism's dark underbelly, the product of the very modernisation that helps create 'clean' spaces. But it is treated as a 'third world' problem

Nissim Mannathukkaren
(Dr. Nissim Mannathukkaren is Associate Professor, International Development Studies,
Dalhousie University)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

435

Perfectly Matched Pair
- The Nobel prize in economics

Bhaskar Dutta
The author is professor of economics, University of Warwick

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

434

We have to win the war against cancer

Dr. V. Shanta
(The writer is Chairman, Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

433

Germs - not enemies always

Professor B.M. Hegde
(The writer is a former professor of cardiology, Middlesex Medical School, London, and former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

432

Everything is at stake at Delhi University
It's shock and awe as administrators, bureaucrats and capital are savaging the institution, destroying teaching, learning and research

Mukul Mangalik
(Mukul Mangalik is Associate Professor of History, Ramjas College, University of Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

431

Starved of Ideas
Expanding the leaky public distribution system won't deliver food security

Arvind Panagariya
The writer is professor of economics at Columbia University

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

430

Making it 'for the people' again
The movement by India Against Corruption is a call to the system as a whole to redefine the polity and the economy

Harbans Mukhia
(Harbans Mukhia was a professor of history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

429

Keeping those beautiful minds intact
For best results, we must ensure that mentally ill people get medical care as early as possible

BN Gangadhar
BN Gangadhar is professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

428

Let's not overrate foreign investment
The government's claim that it will dampen inflation, bring higher prices for farmers and lower prices for customers may be somewhat exaggerated

Pulapre Balakrishnan
(The author is on the faculty of Economics at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

427

Flagging India's missing freedom

Dipankar Gupta
(The writer is a former professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

426

Let a hundred tongues be heard
The domination of English and Hindi is turning Indian education and culture into a depressingly monolingual affair

Sumanyu Satpathy
(Sumanyu Satpathy is Professor and former Head, Department of English, University of Delhi)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

425

A study in mediocrity
To become truly global academic institutions, Indian universities must overcome the challenges related to faculty, scholarships, research and policy regulation, writes C Raj Kumar

C Raj Kumar
C Raj Kumar is founding vice-chancellor, OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

424

It's their world too
In Delhi, the rich have built illegal colonies, the poor unauthorised bastis. Why is it then that only the former has got relief from the government, asks Gautam Bhan

Gautam Bhan
Gautam Bhan teaches urban development at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

423

Raising the bar for the legal profession
Continued self-education is indispensable to honing the skills of lawyers in emerging areas of practice and to their social relevance in a changing world

N.R. Madhava Menon
(Professor Menon was the Founder Director of the National Law Schools at Bangalore and Kolkata, and of the National Judicial Academy at Bhopal)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

422

Big and small in retail
- FDI in retail trade need not threaten the small trader in India

Dipankar Dasgupta
The author is former professor of economics, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

421

How much money is enough money?

Dr. Easwer H.V.
(The writer is Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

419

The God within
One need not go in search of God in all temples, churches and mosques, while our own God resides within all of us as universal compassion and friendship

Prof. B.M. Hegde
(The writer is a former professor of cardiology, Middlesex Medical School, London, and former Vice-Chancellor, Manipal University)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

418

Winning the case for promotion quotas
More than a political consensus, it is hard data on the absence of marginalised sections from the higher bureaucracy that will give legitimacy to the measure

Anup Surendranath
(Anup Surendranath is an Assistant Professor of Law at the National Law University, Delhi, and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

417

A Bill that asks too much of the poor
Instead of rigid targeting, the government must build on the success of the public distribution system which is quietly becoming a significant means of social support

Jean Drze
Reetika Khera
(The authors are development economists affiliated with Allahabad University and the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), respectively)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

416

Getting India's health care system out of the ICU
Brazil, Mexico and Thailand have done it. Many countries with a sound understanding of development look at Universal Health Coverage as a vital requirement to achieve it. India is at a crossroads. Introducing UHC in the 12th Plan can transform the lives of Indians, create new jobs and galvanise the economy

Gita Sen
(Gita Sen is Professor at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

415

Anybody ill here and seen a doctor yet?
Addressing the scarcity of medical practitioners in rural India is fundamental to achieving universal health care in the country

Krishna D. Rao
(Krishna D. Rao is senior health specialist, Public Health Foundation of India, and visiting faculty, Department of International Health,
Johns Hopkins University, U.S.)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

414

No silver lining in sight
Like many other countries, India should also ensure pension for its old people

Trilochan Sastry
Trilochan Sastry is former Dean,
IIM, Bangalore

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

413

Hurrying will not help
- Job reservations should be carefully thought through

Bhaskar Dutta
The author is professor of economics, University of Warwick

The Telegraph:
www.telegraphindia.com

412

Empowering The Poor

Arvind Panagariya
The writer is professor of economics at Columbia University

The Times of India website:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

411

Finding the will to govern the economy
Growth will flounder unless the government invests in infrastructure development and extension services to entrepreneurs

Pulapre Balakrishnan
(The author is on the faculty of Economics at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

410

Food Security, Plan Z
The tweaked food security Bill creates no entitlements and violates the basic principles of fairness. This is an alarming plan,
writes Jean Drze

Jean Drze
(Jean Drze is visiting professor at the Department of Economics, Allahabad University)

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

409

This expensive bulb is fused
Universal electrification will remain a dream unless the government fixes the flaws in its much vaunted scheme to provide power to rural India

Surya P. Sethi
(The writer, formerly Principal Adviser Power and Energy, Government of India, is Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

408

An open letter to President Pranab
India desperately needs you, Mr. Mukherjee, to start a national conversation on energy, environment and education

Debashis Chatterjee
(Professor Debashis Chatterjee is Director, IIM Kozhikode)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

407

Gentle colossus of Indian linguistics
Bh Krishnamurti firmly believed that the mother tongue was the best medium of learning and instruction

P.L. Vishweshwer Rao
(The writer is professor and Head, Department of Communication and Journalism, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, and former Principal, University College of Arts and Social Sciences, Osmania University, Hyderabad)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

406

The onus is on teachers, not on first-graders
Is it too much to ask for for a more responsible school environment?

Archana Arul
(The writer is Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Faculty of Science and Humanities,
SRM University in Chennai)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

405

Terms to end schools for scandal
Global higher education must recommit to traditional academic values to stem corruption

Philip G. Altbach
(Philip G. Altbach is Monan University Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

404

Universities, ours and theirs
As long as we discourage young talent, encourage an obsolete examination system and remain indifferent to research, we will continue to lag behind the West

Krishna Kumar
(The writer is Professor of Education at Delhi University and a former Director of NCERT)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

403

More than a hint of JP in Anna's new andolan
In deciding to be the change it wants to see, Team Anna has a striking parallel in the Janata experiment which proved that a popular movement can quickly gain political credentials

V. Krishna Ananth
(V. Krishna Ananth is Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sikkim University, Gangtok)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

402

A sustainable model for IITs
The IITs can be given the freedom to determine their fees as do the IIMs, and the additional funds generated through higher fees can be used to build research infrastructure... ...To ensure that higher fees do not pose an undue burden on any student, a loan to cover the fees may automatically be sanctioned to each student

Dr. M.M. Mayuram
(The writer is Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras)

The Hindu website:
www.thehindu.com

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They are not world beaters
The IITs should not oppose a CET. Instead, they must concentrate on improving the quality of their PG courses

Kasturi Chopra
Kasturi Chopra is a former director of IIT Kharagpur

Hindustan Times:
www.hindustantimes.com

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