In spite of Anuj Bidve’s murder, Britain remains safe and tolerant
On behalf of all universities in Britain, I express our deep sadness at the death of Anuj Bidve. This is a devastating tragedy for his family and friends and the death of a gifted individual in such a manner is a loss for us all. The British people have been appalled by this terrible event and the vigil on January 2 bore witness to national and local feeling. The police are investigating the murder and we are confident that they will bring the perpetrators to justice. British universities take the safety and well-being of all their students very seriously. Institutions offer induction and orientation sessions for international students which include advice on safety. We, at Universities UK, would want to reassure current and future Indian students and their parents that this kind of incident is thankfully exceptional. Britain remains a safe and tolerant country with low levels of violence and street crime. The British Council’s survey (Creating Confidence: International Student Safety Survey 2010) showed that only a very small proportion of students had ever experienced any kind of crime here. Our thoughts are very much with Anuj’s family at this very sad time.
Professor Eric Thomas, President, Universities UK
The media’s the messenger
Markandey Katju’s article Stars in their eyes (January 1) was important and timely, if only to instill reason and sense into the minds of media leaders. Katju rightly points out the destructive role played by the media in the modern world instead of playing the role of rational agents in world affairs. They must provide a clear intellectual direction to people instead of prioritising entertainment over news. The media wields enormous power and what it publishes can make or break the world. Obviously, that power should be exercised responsibly for the media to retain its credibility.
Abraham Joseph, via email