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English in Demand

THE mammoth crowd that gathered at Azad Maidan at Panaji to demand, in one voice, that English be recognised as a medium of instruction in schools is a clear indication of the simmering anger in parents against, what could easily be labelled as the failure of the education system, especially at the primary level.

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Cautious Approach

The Army’s request for specific rules of engagement with Naxals in Chhattisgarh, in absence of the protection of the Armed forces Special Powers Act, could be the first step towards involvement in, what is essentially, a domestic but vexing issue.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

English as Medium of Instruction

THE mammoth crowd of parents at the Azad Maidan demanding recognition of English as medium of instruction should be an eye-opener to the Education Department and the state government.

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A Saga of Lost Innocence

BY KEDAR NATH PANDEY
THE debate in parliament on Wikileaks disclosure about money transaction to buy votes marked the public loss of innocence of politicians and parties and the exposure of others. Can they do anything to redeem themselves?

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Jobs for Land

LAST week, the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told the Assembly that his government would consider giving jobs to those whose land is acquired for public projects.

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Breaking the Jinx

By beating the West Indies in the last league match, India has set up an exciting quarter-final clash with Australia at Ahmedabad on March 24. To be world champions Dhoni’s men have to win every match and the Aussies are known to be fierce fighters and four-time winners of the World Cup.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Dole to Jobless: A Bad Idea
THE unemployment dole scheme proposed by the CM, Mr Digambar Kamat in his budget presentation for 2011-12 to provide unemployed youth who have passed the Class XII examination with a maximum dole amount of Rs 1200 per month, lacks both vision and direction, and smacks of an election gimmick, to say the least.

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Skutnabb-Kangas on Linguistic Rights

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

THERE is nothing new in any highly-urbanised society when demands are made for changing medium of instruction to a foreign language. Goa can ill-afford the monolingual model. Ghanian linguist Ansre wrote, "Linguistic imperialism has a subtle way of warping the minds, attitudes and aspirations of even the most noble in a society and of preventing him from appreciating and realising the full potentialities of indigenous languages.

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Ethics of Intervention

IF one is looking for sharp contrasts in the current season of uprising in the Arab World, Egypt and Libya spring out as worthy examples. In Egypt, citizens braved the hot sun for hours, standing in long queues to cast their vote in a referendum on constitutional reforms.

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The Onion Scam

THE joint meeting called by the Agriculture Minister, Mr Vishwajeet Rane to inquire into the alleged fraud in the Goa State Horticulture Corporation is not the right way of going about the issue. The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar had in the Assembly made allegations of fraud over purchase of vegetables from Belgaum.

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