The editorial Minority rights & wrongs (October 25), is right in saying that because of the Hindu majority in the country.india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 02:19 IST
The editorial Minority rights & wrongs (October 25), is right in saying that because of the Hindu majority in the country, the system has gone out of its way to reassure minorities that they will not be compelled to change their personal laws. There is much need for a uniform civil code in India.
Focus on national issues
Shyamlha Pappu in No bargaining (October 26), makes it amply clear that there is no shame or shaan in hanging Mohammad Afzal. The man deserves to be taken to the gallows. But the media must now discontinue this pseudo debate.
No quota benefits
The Supreme Court’s judgment on eliminating creamy layer of the SC/ST from reservation is a welcome step. A fresh census that has indicators on the benefits of reservations will reflect the true picture. It is not understood how a doctor/engineer/lawyer enjoying the benefits of reservation can be termed backward.
By obscuring the issue of the creamy layer, politicians had been serving their own interest. This has been an injustice not only to the affected but also the ‘general category’, because people have been sacrificing their right for the good of the needy. The Supreme Court’s decision will extend the benefit to the worse-affected and the most needy.
Raising the bogey of the creamy layer is not a right step. The basic policy of reservations is to pave the way for economic development. BR Ambedkar had imposed a 10-year term for reservations but had made no provision for the creamy layer in the Constitution as it has many adverse effects on the unity of SCs and STs. It has no constitutional validity and is against the Indian Constitution.
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