Early in December 2015, I was approached by a news reporter for my views on the current situation prevailing in St Stephen's College. Here are his queries, and my responses:
1./ Sir, we are planning to do a feature story on St Stephens. Being a Stephanian we would like to know of what changes haven taken place from your days in the College.
Here is the article that was published, and which contained some of the above remarks:
The latest news from St Stephen's College, particularly as regards the shoddy treatment meted out to recently deceased Shri Rohtas, who was part of the college community all his life (as was his father, whom I remember from four decades past), has been particularly painful to read. A poor and innocent man was hounded simply because his presence irritated the head of the institution. This reminded me of Sita Ram, the head mali of Ramjas College (where I worked from 1974 to 1994), who was brutally punished by the then principal for speaking the truth about an incident of disruption of a DUTA meeting in 1981. That episode had long-lasting repercussions.
The St Stephen's College Governing Body bears direct responsibility for vitiating the academic atmosphere and for introducing a communal and sectarian flavour to the admissions policy in one of the most respected campuses in India. Let them know that they have only added to the authoritarian climate in Indian educational institutions at large. If they do not mend their ways and retrace their steps they will reduce the College to a shadow of its former self.