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THE Cover Story (Au­gust17) scru­ti­nised the gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal to form a Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia to re­place the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion. The Cen­tre must fix the prob­lems in the present sys­tems and pro­ce­dures of the UGC on the ba­sis of in­puts from ed­u­ca­tion­ists and ad­min­is­tra­tors and with the aim of meet­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of or­di­nary peo­ple. Ed­u­ca­tion has al­ready reached a new low in the face of prob­lems rang­ing from aca­demic cur­ric­ula to stu­dent ad­mis­sions to fee struc­ture and em­ploy­a­bil­ity. In­stead of tak­ing cor­rec­tive mea­sures, the Cen­tre wants to dis­band the UGC, which is akin to throw­ing the baby out with the bath­wa­ter.

The Bjp-led gov­ern­ment takes hasty de­ci­sions in the name of pol­icy in­ter­ven­tions to dec­i­mate plu­ral­ism, and the present tar­get is ed­u­ca­tion. This is noth­ing but a back-door at­tempt at saf­fro­nis­ing ed­u­ca­tion. B. RA­JASEKARAN BEN­GALURU

IM­RAN KHAN worked hard to be­come one of the best all-rounders in world cricket (“Im­ran’s in­nings”, Au­gust 17). Sim­i­larly, af­ter strug­gling for 25 years for jus­tice for the peo­ple of Pak­istan, he has now been elected by them; this has come as a goo­gly to the other po­lit­i­cal par­ties. He faces many chal­lenges as Prime Min­is­ter and there­fore must se­lect the mem­bers of his “team” care­fully. Most im­por­tantly, he has to be cau­tious of those from within who will cause dis­tur­bances to pre­vent peace and must han­dle sit­u­a­tions care­fully and tact­fully to re­main in power. ASHOK K. NIHALANI PUNE, MA­HA­RASH­TRA AS ex­pected, the sham demo­cratic elec­tions in Pak­istan un­der the watch­ful eyes of the army and the ISI re­sulted in a hung Assem­bly. This not only dealt a death blow to democ­racy but was a ploy to hood­wink the world. Im­ran Khan, who all along was crit­i­cal of the army and the ISI in­ter­fer­ing in civil­ian ad­min­is­tra­tion, has for the sake of power suc­cumbed to the army, which helped his Pak­istan Tehreek-e-in­saf emerge as the sin­gle largest party.

A hung Assem­bly and a pup­pet Prime Min­is­ter suit the army well, and it can call the shots. It is cer­tain to play a dom­i­nant role in In­dia-pak­istan re­la­tions. In­dia needs to be vig­i­lant to thwart Pak­istan’s ne­far­i­ous de­signs against it.

K.R. SRINI­VASAN SECUNDERABAD, TE­LAN­GANA the orig­i­nal mis­takes In­dia com­mit­ted such as giving the State a spe­cial sta­tus, which is the root cause of the en­tire tragedy. The first Prime Min­is­ter laid the foun­da­tion for an ap­pease­ment pol­icy that has re­sulted in the death of over 60,000 peo­ple and the fleec­ing of thou­sands of crores of in­vestors. When a coun­try says that one part of its land is not on a par with the rest of the coun­try, it is invit­ing trou­ble for­ever, and that is what has hap­pened in Jammu and Kash­mir. DUGGARAJU SRINI­VASA RAO VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH

A NEED­LESS con­tro­versy was cre­ated over the book “The Spy Chron­i­cles” be­cause it is writ­ten by for­mer chiefs of In­dia’s and Pak­istan’s spy agen­cies (“Storm in a tea cup”, July 6). There are sev­eral pre-par­ti­tion links be­tween the two neigh­bours.

The Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce has a Gandhi plaque. Bha­gat Singh, who has a chowk named af­ter him in La­hore, be­longs to un­di­vided In­dia. Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah prac­tised in the Bom­bay High Court. Now, there are even cross-bor­der mar­riages. Bol­ly­wood movies are pop­u­lar in Pak­istan, and the me­dia there cover Bol­ly­wood events. Pak­istan has a num­ber of Hindu tem­ples of his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance. Sikhs go on pil­grim­age to gur­d­waras in that coun­try.

Ef­forts should be made to strengthen the strong cul­tural links be­tween the two na­tions. In­dian TV se­ri­als have more air­time on Pak­istani chan­nels than lo­cal fare. Many of In­dia’s Bol­ly­wood stars were born in Pak­istan. Some Pak­istani artists have be­come In­dian cit­i­zens. A for­mer Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan was born in Agra, and a for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia was born in Pak­istan. This book is un­prece­dented, es­pe­cially when one considers that the spy agen­cies of two en­emy coun­tries usu­ally only think of harm­ing the in­ter­ests of both. DEENDAYAL M. LULLA


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