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Cancerous quota

It is unfortunate that we are focusing on reservation for OBCs even after 58 years of Independence rather than solving basic issues of poverty, employment, water and electricity.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 01:32 IST

Cancerous quota

It is unfortunate that we are focusing on reservation for OBCs even after 58 years of Independence rather than solving basic issues of poverty, employment, water and electricity. Reports say that even some students belonging to the above category are not in favour of reservation. Professional education requires dedication and merit. Medical students are rightly protesting this move. We need to think over it again and again.

Sushma Kumar, Delhi

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Sagarika Ghose (Secession of the successful, May 12) tried to bring up the issue of social conscience, but the examples provided were not appropriate. Comparing the reservation policy with Budhia is irrelevant because in sports, only talent counts. Whether Budhia belongs to a lower caste or not does not matter if he has the talent to become a superstar. It would be better to provide financial help for the poorer strata rather than looking at their caste and increasing the divide.

Ananya Das, via e-mail

World-class snub
 
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says that Delhi is a world-class city. But it still needs a dedicated 1,000 megawatt power plant. It still needs a clean Yamuna and a cleaner city. And it still needs a functional municipal body.

Ajoy Bagchi, Delhi

Run on

I agree with Barkha Dutt that Budhia’s foster father has given a new lease of life to the 4-year-old child. If not for him, Budhia would have been begging for a living. At least his foster father discovered a talent in the child.

Only time will tell how Budhia makes use of this opportunity and talent in the long-run.

Mahesh Kallianpur, via e-mail

Pressure politics

Apropos of the report Pay’n’stay bonanza from Khanna panel (May 11), it was disappointing to learn of the government’s initiative to seek a one-year stay on sealing and demolition of illegal structures. It appears money power has prevailed. But the court should not yield to pressures and should go ahead with the demolition drive.

AL Agarwal, Delhi

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