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Grave reservations

india Updated: Apr 01, 2007 23:50 IST

Apropos of the editorial No quotas for excellence (March 30), the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the 27 per cent quota to OBCs is a step in the right direction. There is no substitute for excellence. Parties banking on vote-bank politics must endorse the apex court’s view. The time has come for Indian political parties to shun the primitive theory of reservation and adopt forward-looking approach for institutions of higher
education.

P Gopalakrishnan
Delhi


II

The Supreme Court’s decision will yet save the country from further division on the basis of caste. Instead
of bulldozing their way through ordinances and amending the Constitution, the government should hold a referendum on the issue and let the people decide what they want.

CM Gupta
via e-mail


III

I appreciate the Supreme Court’s vision since reservations were first used by the British to ‘divide and rule’. It was then opposed by the Mahatma. The backward classes must realise that they are being given crutches in the form of reservations and that this will make them incapable and even less confident.

Ved Vrat Kashyap
via e-mail


Traffic signals

Apropos of Going insane in the right lane (March 28), the increased fine on traffic violations won’t solve the problem. The law’s success depends on the authorities. The police’s lower-rungs are minnows in the sea ruled by sharks.

S Raghavan
via e-mail

Merit make-over

Apropos of the editorial Bring cricket back into cricket (March 28), corporate endorsements and media hype are reasons for the poor performance by our cricketers.

Avtar Singh
Delhi

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