This refers to the editorial, “JNU crisis” (NP, November 19, 2019). We have to pay through the nose for subsidising comforts and facilities in favour of our politicians. But can’t we expect in return subsidy in education for our own children? It is a shame the way the JNU students had been treated for demanding a rollback of hiked hostel fees so that they could pursue their higher studies. Students said that two of the five boarders could not afford the hiked fees and as a result it would destroy their aspirations and merits for higher education. This will further make education in our country a commodity only for the rich and higher middle class people. A country cannot prosper if a large section of its population’s right to education gets hijacked. Education is the only way to break the vicious cycle of poverty.
Sujit De, Kolkata