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Merit, not caste, only consideration for IIC

india Updated: Apr 15, 2007 00:12 IST

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This is with reference to India International Lalu (Counterpoint, 8 April) by Vir Sanghvi. All of us who cherish the IIC welcome the initial comments regarding the Centre. But the article conveys the impression that in the selection process, the caste of the applicant was a consideration. IIC has as its members persons of various castes, including those described in the article as “socially disadvantaged”. Caste, creed, religion, community, financial, political, administrative power and status, have not influenced any matters at the IIC, including the admission process. The past and present presidents of IIC had called on Dr Karan Singh several times at his residence, and on each occasion he reiterated his desire to resign. The Board of Trustees has placed on record its gratitude for the immense contributions made by Dr Singh.

KN Venugopal, secretary, IIC


I do not agree with Vir Sanghvi’s views that IIC should have accepted Lalu's membership and that its rejection reflects a bias. A look at the number of rejected applications of the upper castes will clarify this.

Dr Anupam Joshi, Delhi

Selective sorrow

Teesta Setalvad, in Crime & Compensation (8 April) states that victims of Delhi, Bhagalpur, Bombay and Gujarat have had to await politically judicious decisions for compensation. Yet, she makes no mention of the Kashmiri Pandits, who were killed or uprooted in 1989-90.

JL Ganjoo. Delhi