Opinion | The solution to JNU fee hike issue: Let’s get rich to pay for the poor
The 1st solution is to get the well-off in JNU, to pay market rate not only for themselves but also for one friend they choose
A 2nd way is to begin new courses at full market prices that students are willing to pay for and use that revenue to subsidize the others
Delhi’s walled-in centre of education and residence is in the middle of a mobocracy that resulted in pitched battles with the police for violating the law, bitter graffiti, a statue of Vivekananda vandalized with communally inflammatory barbs, holding guests to the campus hostage and behaviour more suited to rioting brigades than pursuers of fine subjects that make the world a better place. The JNU mobs are making a proposed hostel fee hike a story about the entitled ripping into the poor, disposed and the weak. The issue is of a hike after about 40 years in the hostel boarding and lodging fees that students have to pay—a hike from an insignificant ₹10 and ₹20 a month. The upset is also about asking students to pay for utility and service charges that were zero till now.