It is for two reasons that we can no longer remain silent on the controversy that Professor Gulshan Rai, through his letters to La Tribune, succeeded in raising. One is the intrinsic importance of the subject the letters deal with. The other is the tendency, not abnormal in this class of cases, for the controversy to take on a racial character and for the real problem to be overlooked or evaded. As for the first reason, we hardly need to say much. All who are remotely familiar with the present state of affairs know that there has never been a period in the history of the Provincial Educational Service when there was such widespread discontent and dissatisfaction among so large number of its members than this moment. . It is inconceivable that this dissatisfaction could be limited to those who are immediately affected, instead of spreading to that large part of the public which, directly or indirectly, is interested in them. It is also inconceivable that he might not react unfavorably to the efficiency and character of the work of the officers concerned and, indeed, of the department in general, a department of which it can be said that there is no another branch of administration in which the difference between effective work and inefficient work is so great in itself. From both of these points of view, it is clearly of the utmost importance that measures be taken to resolve the problems. And these measures can only be taken if public opinion asserts itself correctly. The second reason is equally compelling. It is clear from the responses to Mr. Gulshan Rai’s letters that in some quarters these letters have been interpreted as an attempt to prevent justice being done to Muslim members of the Service and the Muslim community in general. Our interpretation is that justice must be done.

Janice G. Ball