This refers to A K Bhattacharya’s column “The importance of being Basu” (Raisina Hill, April 24). The government’s move to allow academics to play a real role in policy-making is welcome. This will serve as a test of the theoretical knowledge that these scholars possess. Also given their knowledge, they are better placed than an average bureaucrat to assess problems in the system and come up with various methodologies to tackle them. But anyone who has had no exposure to the way the government and its functionaries work could find himself attracting controversies, much like Kaushik Basu did.
Vinay Singhal New Delhi
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