This refers to the article “To quote or not to quote: that is the question” (July 14). As an aspiring management student, I have embarked on vocabulary building for the past few months. Reading The Hindu on a daily basis has improved my vocabulary at large. Speaking on behalf of my co-aspirants, I must say that we look up to newspapers as the beacons of immaculate language. It is one prominent feature that attributes to the sanctity of newspapers and helps them to compete with the electronic media. It was therefore sensible of the New York Times to be prudent in its use of words (while reporting Rev. Jesse Jackson’s criticism of Barack Obama). The blunt portrayal of facts can always be taken care of by other media; prestigious newspapers should preserve their sanctity by maintaining reasonably conservative editing norms.

Ratna Bhatnagar,