ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Closing the Doors of Knowledge

Does a public library have the right to deny entry to a student because he or she was not born in that particular state? A library is a repository of wisdom and knowledge and every citizen has the right to partake of its contents.

Every year a number of students move to Delhi in pursuit of education. I am one of them. When I approached the Delhi Public Library (Sarojini Nagar) I was amazed to find that it only gives membership to persons with a permanent address in the National Capital Region. The library authorities insist on a ration card or voter identity card that is issued in Delhi. I was not allowed to enter the premises as I have none of these. And this is a stateowned library! I failed to be born in Delhi, my parents failed to buy a piece of land here and I did not enrol in any of the colleges here. Like many other Indians I left my home town to come to Delhi for the better opportunities it offered, but I am being deprived of the basic right to acquire knowledge.

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