Chairperson of the Ganguly Committee has admitted that the point-scheme devised in the report has not worked, though it has been instrumental in removing irregularities in nursery admissions. The second admission list should be allowed only after modification in the point-system based on practical experience in preparing the first list. Since the management quota is fixed, 20 marks shouldn’t be left to the discretion of the management.
An angry tide
Apropos of the report Hungry Tide may swallow Sunderbans by 2100 (February 3), the government must set up an independent environmental regulator with branches in all states. It should grant clearance to business houses, provide knowhow and penalise violators. The government should be split to provide an independent ministry for the environment to deal with broad policy-making and leave day-to-day work to the regulator. India must go in for a radical environment policy.
Old wine, new bottles
Dipankar Gupta in Why good guys don’t join politics (February 6), rightly said that the lack of activism on the part of good people is more dangerous than activism by bad people. The malady originated when foreign rulers overrode the ambitions of the Indian intelligentsia who were indoctrinated to keep quiet, and be happy with whatever crumbs were thrown their way.
It is a matter of shame that Karnataka has taken the Cauvery river dispute to the streets. If Karnataka was interested in street justice, why did it waste 17 years of the already overburdened judicial system’s time? All the states should reach an agreement and work for the development of the country rather than just their respective states.
Abdul H Kidwai
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