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Re: Reply to "Silence?": On the NRI/POI Institute

Postings not related to the writing of the Manifesto or policy chapters
are likely to be summarily rejected. Thanks for your understanding. IPI
Regarding the issue of the NRI bias in the IPI mails, I am not really
surprised at Dr Roy's concern. But I think the reason is somewhat
straightforward too.

I remember when I was first introduced to the internet, I was wondering
with awe how consistent the views expressed in this media were. They all

seemed to be advocating (some sort of) Americanised views-- even when
addressing the Indian context.

But the reason occurred to me much later-- it was simply because the
"netter" populace consisted of many more US NRIs than resident Indians.
It is only now when internet usage is growing in India am I finding much

more localized opinions and debates which address problems directly.

I remember some time back, in 1995, someone had asked a question on the
internet regarding basic education in Indian villages and there were
some responses which took a "globalistic" and "liberalised" approach to
addressing education! But more recently, a similar issue on an other
India related mailing list talked about issues regarding the importance
of local languages and culture, the need for innovative methods of
teaching, etc.

Well, I guess it is no more than a matter of numbers, and IPI is no
exception, which determines what topics are discussed.


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