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Caste away

india Updated: Apr 24, 2008 20:39 IST

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Caste away
Rajdeep Sardesai in Aaj ka Arjun (April 18) has rightly observed that both VP Singh and Arjun Singh tried to consolidate their political positions on the basis of reservation politics and thus partitioned the nation on caste lines. In today’s politics, no one has the courage to oppose reservation. Even the Congress has no leader to carry forward the vision of Jawaharlal Nehru or Rajiv Gandhi and pull the nation away from caste division. Rajdeep’s observation about a road in Jamia Millia Islamia University named after Arjun Singh speaks of the low moral values of our pro-reservationists.
SK Wasan, Noida

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Reservation for OBCs in private educational institutions and central universities, IITs and IIMs is nothing but vote-bank politics. Reservation must be done away with in all government and semi-government institutions. In fact, the word ‘reservation’ must be deleted with an appropriate amendment to the Constitution. But politicians have no vision of tomorrow’s India. They cannot see beyond their votes.
Mahesh Kumar, via e-mail

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Arjun Singh is dividing the country. I do agree with Rajdeep Sardesai, but will the new quota system help to develop the country?
Will rural India which does not get proper primary education go to IIMs and IITs? It is ironic that the same government claims it will make India a developed
nation by 2020.
Sonulal Shrivastava, Mumbai

Losing popularity
Poonam Saxena in Manic realism (April 23) has rightly criticised the dismal presentation of our society and culture in the serials. I think, the Afghanistan government is right in banning our saas-bahu serials on the pretext that they do not gel with their culture. It’s a national shame to broadcast such rubbish world-wide. It would be better to focus on dance and music competitions between city and town actors. The media should have the wisdom to bridge the gap and not to widen chasms.
Ruchi Singhal, via e-mail