This refers to Part 3 of the series ‘Three Lives in Student Politics’ (December 28), featuring me as a student leader of SFI in JNU. The headline that calls me a ‘cliché king’ and the photo caption that indicates I am wasting taxpayers’ money for my long stay in JNU, are derogatory to me, my organisation and the ideology of millions. The stipulated time for a PhD in JNU is 4+1 years. I am in my fourth year now. I am a recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship, awarded to me on the basis of my academic commitment and rigour.
Left politics motivates me to stand up against all forms of injustice, to be a topper and stay on in my country to improve the plight of the marginalised, unemployed and poor. I therefore lodge a strong protest against the misrepresentation.
Apropos of the editorial Put our money on Kashmir (December 25), it is important to bring Kashmir into the mainstream. Three factors are responsible for its isolation — the nexus of politicians, militants and media assisted by hawala money from various sources. Also, the cocoon-like Valley-centric mindset of the younger generation fed by propaganda has isolated them from what is happening in the country.
Arrest the drain
This has reference to the editorial Brain Drain Version 2006 (December 26). The government needs to take urgent steps to check the brain-drain from the country’s research institutes. This can be made possible by making attractive offers with better research facilities and due recognition for work.
An initiative to bring young scientists, engineers, technicians and industrialists on a common platform to discuss the future course of action will go a long way in this direction.
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