Give Bentinck the credit due to him
This refers to Karan Thapar's article Some of my favourites (Sunday Sentiments, January 6). Recent research proves that Lord William Bentinck - not Thomas Babington Macaulay - introduced English education in India. Macaulay came to India as a Legal Member of Bentinck's Council in 1834. By then Bentinck had already started English classes in all Oriental Colleges set up by the General Committee of Public Instruction in Calcutta, Delhi, Agra and Benares. In January 1835, he had also set up the Calcutta Medical College. But Macaulay's 'Minute Upon Indian Education' in 1835 gave Bentinck a chance to pass an order on English education without getting an approval from London.
Suresh Chandra Ghosh, Delhi
Sheer lack of respect for women
With reference to the article Crises of femininity (The Big Story, January 6), recent remarks made by some public figures on the Delhi rape incident in particular and women in general prove that lack of respect for women is the real reason for the high number of crimes against women in India. The State must not only strengthen the laws but also teach men to treat women as equals. This should be done in urban and rural areas. Exem-plary punishment to those accused in the Delhi case will also go a long way towards deterring potential rapists.
M Kumar, via email
The article makes it clear that every Indian, irrespective of her social standing, profession or age, can work towards making the country a better place for women. I appreciate the media for keeping the issue of women's safety alive and putting pressure on the government to take appropriate measures. It's a different matter that several politicians made the media's job easier by creating controversies with their insensitive and ridiculous statements on women.
SN Bhargava, Delhi
Setting up fast-track courts for crimes against women is a step in the right direction. But India needs to overhaul the entire judicial system. There's a huge backlog of pending cases in every court across the country. India needs more courts, preferably fast-track, which can provide speedy justice to people and instil the fear of the law among criminals.
Manmohan Bhatia, Delhi
Connect with the people now
With reference to the article A clear opportunity (Chanakya, January 6), the increasing number of protests in various parts of the country is proof of the urban middle class's disenchantment with the political class. Why would anyone vote for politicians who hide behind security covers rather than engage with people? This widening gap between those ruling and the ruled has given social activists the chance to win the middle class's confidence. But the political class still has a chance to connect with people. It must act now or repent later.
Vijai Pant, via email
The middle class has valid reasons to believe that politicians do not understand its concerns and that the government's policies benefit only the rich. There is not even one area in which the government's performance can be deemed satisfactory. The UPA's long list of failures include a grossly mismanaged economy, poor law and order, high inflation, a spurt in terror attacks, rampant corruption, red-tapism and insensitivity towards the plight of the common man. The UPA, without support from the middle class, cannot hope to win the 2014 polls.
Jitendra Kothari, via email
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