The Left lives, but it is tenuous existence sans relevance. Take the case of entry of foreign universities into the country. Reports of Brinda Karat’s opposition during a parliamentary panel discussion on the Foreign University Entry and Operation Bill, 2007, come as no surprise.
Karat wants “social control” on private education and won’t let education be “thrown” open to market forces. Why? What will happen if foreign universities come? The brightest, both faculty and students, will be attracted to institutions that offer more interesting and relevant courses. There’s no denying that Indian universities in general have failed to deliver quality in education. Students who have the means, go abroad. The Left still does not want to allow the options to be broadened for those who may like to stay back. They say this would encourage elitism in education. Or, is it that the comrades in our universities may be then left with few to indoctrinate?