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Merit, and only merit

Manoj Joshi?s article, Look before you leap (May 17), has correctly pointed out that it?s time to get out of the reservations muddle.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 02:14 IST

Manoj Joshi’s article, Look before you leap (May 17), has correctly pointed out that it’s time to get out of the reservations muddle. The right method to help the disadvantaged would be to provide free education, extra tuitions and other amenities, which wouldn’t divide society. Reservations should be gradually withdrawn to maintain standards.

Narendra Kumar


Is it difficult for people at the helm of affairs to understand that for anyone to compete at higher levels, they need a strong foundation by way of good schooling. If netas are sincere about the uplift of the downtrodden, let them deliver sound primary and secondary education.

Such steps will ensure that there is no need for reservations.

R.C. Rajpal
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Fact and fiction

The film The Da Vinci Code should be allowed to be screened as it is a work of fiction and should be treated as such. Christianity has only grown stronger due to such controversies in the past and this film is no exception. Christianity is not so weak that it will be affected by this work of fiction.

Christopher C.
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Get to work

Apropos of the report Tax exemption review to hit savings (May 18), nobody has the courage to admit that the real reasons for resource crunch are failures in collection of revenue due to corruption and wastage. As the editorial Dial DRDO for delay (May 17) stated, even after spending crores of rupees on development of indigenous weapons, inefficiency is rampant. These
institutions need to start working more efficiently.

Devendra Narain
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Flouting the laws

The editorial Capital mess (May 18) truly says that to save the capital city, both those who flouted the law and who let it be flouted should be punished. But this is impossible since our politicians have grown strong enough even to block justice from the courts. They have weakening the rule of law, which is the foundation of any democratic society.

J.R. Lal
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