India’s Best Colleges

When lakhs of aspirants are facing a tough time making a choice between a course or a college, the best colleges survey is an answer to all queries.


Make Students Employable

With cut-offs going through the roof, virtually every college today can boast of taking in students who have scored very high in their board exams (Capital Gains, June 29). However, the difference between an average college and a great college lies in the education and opportunities provid­ed to the students during the three years on cam­pus which can make them employable.

A.E. CHARLES, Coimbatore

It is heartening to see Lady Hardinge Medical College’s (LHMC) continued pres­ence in the list of India’s top medical colleges. While the college fares well in every category, in the infrastructure segment it loses the race. The crum­bling hostel and hospital building require urgent attention. Construction was in full swing until last year for a new building but has come to a standstill due to a lack of funds. The gov­ernment, while infusing

more funds into AIIMS, needs to pay attention to the needs of a worthy insti­tution such as LHMC.

INDU NAIR, Dehradun

Loss of a Visionary Architect

With the passing away of Secunderabad-born Charles Correa on June 16, India has lost a genuine friend and a well-wisher (The Humane Architect, June 29). One of the greatest architects of modern India, Correa, if given a chance, could have infused life and beauty into an Indian city that has come to symbolise decay and death. Correa was a trailblazing architect and an urban planner who did pioneering work in the country. I feel there are two ways of looking at Correa’s legacy. First, in the absence of a powerful vision, there is now little hope of rescuing our cities. Or, Correa’s work may serve as an inspiration to intensify efforts to reclaim spaces lost in the maze of mindless development. As an architect, I salute the man who knew how the skyline should be.

P. ARIHANTH, Secunderabad

Your well-researched special issue on the best colleges in India is like an encyclopaedia for stu­dents seeking admission in colleges of repute, saving them time while doing the whole exercise on their own. It presents extensive information in a capsule form, encompassing rele­vant details that students and parents would need. V.K. TANGRI, Dehradun

Break the Silence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image, one thought, was built on two virtues (External Links, Internal Damage, June 29). First, he is scrupulously honest. Second, he is decisive. But in the controversy sur­rounding the granting of travel documents to Lalit Modi, his only reaction has been no reaction at all. In yoga, silence may be a path to enlightenment, but in


NORTH-EAST’S INDIA PROBLEM The present government’s mindset is a shift from previous governments. Its ef­forts to bring the North-east into the mainstream will slowly yield results, ghanshyam joshi

People of the North-east have immense potential which needs to be tapped. We need to invest more in the seven states

and integrate them with the rest of the country.

Lovkush Tripathi

I agree that the North-east needs to be assimilated with the rest of India. The media too must cover the region well. Prakash Bhargav


Congratulations BITS-Pilani for making it to the top three engineering institutes in the country.

Rakesh Dewan

politics, it is a sign of eva­sion, complicity and cow­ardice. Modi should learn from the failures of former PM Manmohan Singh. PADMINI RAGHAVENDRA, Secunderabad

With damaging revelations coming out against Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje in the Lalit Modi episode, it will be difficult for the Modi government to con­tinue backing them, espe­cially when the Opposition is upping the ante and de­manding their resigna­tions. This is turning out to be the first major test for the NDA government which has had a taint-free image until now. It will be interesting to see how it deals with this crisis.

MANJU PANT, via email

I had expected Narendra Modi to usher in high standards of governance with no place for corrup­tion. “Na khaunga, na khane doonga ” he had said, but the Lalit Modi scandal has blown away such claims. Whichever way the BJP, the RSS and the government defend Swaraj and Raje, there is a stink of malfeasance in the manner in which two sen­ior ministers went about helping a man wanted by the ED for serious economic offences. MEGHANA, New South Wales


Stop the Alienation

Shekhar Gupta hits the nail on its head when he says that we are guilty of look­ing at the North-east as a geographical possession to be preserved against con­flicting claims and simmer­ing insurgencies and not a region inhabited by people who are as much Indian at heart as anyone from the mainland (North-east’s India Problem, June 29). While the government persists with its indifferent attitude towards people of the North-east, we too treat them as inferior beings to be mocked, jeered at and insulted. No wonder, the North-easterners contin­ue to suffer from a feeling of alienation. It’s time we shed this blinkered approach towards the region.

VI.JA! PANT, Hempur

Nobody comes out smell­ing of roses in l’affaire Lalit Modi. Whether it is Swaraj or Raje, they both have a lot to answer for, given their close family ties with the Indian Premier League (IPL) scam accused. They ought to have displayed better judgment than to be helping out a man
wanted for serious economic offences.

J.S. ACHARYA, Hyderabad

Lalit Modi’s brainchild, the IPL, wa^ never meant to be only about cricket (Outraging Bull, June 29). With huge money and glamour involved, IPL became a showpiece event in a cricket-crazy nation. Modi is known to have in­fluential contacts across the globe, and it is no sur­prise that Swaraj or Raje helped him travel abroad.

I expect more big names will be revealed as the saga unfolds.

VIPUL PANDE, via email

A Foolish Act

The chest-thumping on the Myanmar operation by politicians and the media shows a want of common sense (Lessons From the East, June 29). The test of what one does lies in the consequences that follow. As a second country was involved in the covert operation, the effect of brash statements on it, and the prospect of having its cooperation in other such future operations, have to be primary consid­erations. Playing up the operation compromised the Myanmar govern­ment’s position in the eyes of its people, all of whom may not be sympathetic to the Indian cause.

BISHAN SAHAI, via email



“India should find a solution”

At the headquarters of his government-in-exile in Dharamsala last fortnight, the Dalai Lama gave his first press conference on Indian soil since he was forced to flee for his life 28 years ago.

  1. Why have the Tibetans suddenly decided to agitate inside Tibet?
  2. The situation has been becoming clearer in recent times because of more tour­ists going to Tibet. I think this has generated more sympa­thy towards Tibet all over the


world and obviously had its impact on Tibetans living in Tibet too. They found a more favourable atmosphere to ex­press their feelings openly.

  1. How do you look at the sympathy expressed by the US Congress and Senate towards your cause ?
  2. I am happy. But this is just an expression of public opin­ion, not a government policy. Q. What about the Indian stand ?
  3. Although the Tibetan prob­lem is a mutual problem of Tibet and India, yet the Indian government is facing certain difficulties in taking a stand. India can make long-term benefits through this issue. But if this government ne­glects the issue for a few years more, then the influx of Chinese settlers will con­vert Tibet into a real Chinese land. India should study this problem more seriously and find a solution.

by Vijay Kranti

October 31, 1987


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