Palming off personal opinions as objective news reports
The report Rahul comes of age, exudes confidence (February 7) reads less like a news report and more like an advertising for Rahul Gandhi. Sentences like ‘There was an unmistakable air of authority of a leader keen to take the battle to the opposition camp’ highlight the reporter’s bias in favour of Gandhi. He should have stuck to reporting facts about the press conference that Gandhi addressed on Monday rather than giving his personal opinion in a news report.
-Narayan Mazumdar, via email
Don’t take it so literally
I don’t agree with Amitav Ghosh’s views in Writings, not writers (February 7). Literary festivals are not tamashas. The real threat to the publishing industry comes from the internet, satellite television, video games etc, as they make people less interested in reading books. That’s why we need more literary festivals, which can attract large numbers of people to the world of books. These events also act as a great platform to establish a connection among writers, readers and publishers.
-Pradeep Kapoor, Bhopal
We should be spoilt for choice
This refers to Prasenjit Chowdhury’s article Specialist in generalisations (February 6). Educational institutions in our country do not encourage students to specialise in more than one field. In this day and age of cut-throat competition, becoming the proverbial ‘jack of all trades’ is a necessity. It’s possible that, say, a student is interested in studying English literature as well as botany. But he can pick only one subject at a time, as all colleges offer fixed courses. Therefore, we need to make our education system more flexible so that students have the freedom to study the subjects of their choice and develop different skills.
-Rinki Popli, Delhi