Saturday, August 08, 2015

Point Counterpoint


This may be dated but I just wanted to put in one place, a few recent public discussions and debates that have caught my attention.


BRITAIN - REPARATIONS TO INDIA

Shashi Tharoor at Oxford Union (July 2015):

and an outline in The Independent



AMARTYA SEN AND NALANDA UNIVERSITY


  • The first salvo in this debate - AFAIK - was fired by Ashok Malik, in an article in February 2015,  titled, "Nalanda's cosy Club".
  • In July 2015, Pratap Bhanu Mehta of CPR wrote an oped in the Indian Express titled "Nalanda is a Sundrome", highlighting the rot in India's higher education system. 
  • This was followed by Tavleen Singh's column titled, "Questions for a Nobel Laureate", aimed specifically at Amartya Sen and his role at Nalanda University.
  • In less than a week, Amarya Sen himself came up with a rebuttal, titled "Conversations with Tavleen Singh and Pratap Mehta", using his usual engaging, lucid and conversational writing style to clear the air about his role at Nalanda.
  • Tavleen Singh then quickly responded to Sen's arguments in a follow-up piece, "Another Argument".



AATISH TASEER AND PAKISTAN






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