Apropos of the report Quota row rocks Parliament (April 27), the Congress, with the support of other parties, passed the bill providing reservation in services and educational institutions. The HRD Ministry took the initiative in this regard only to gain votes from the backward classes. After Independence, several OBC students have been able to compete with candidates of other classes. By reserving seats for the backward classes, the government is only perpetuating the divide between caste and class which is so contrary to what the founding fathers of the nation wanted.
With reference to the editorial Square the roundtable (April 27), it is too simplistic to describe the roundtable as successful when the Kashmiri Pandit representatives have refused to sign the joint declaration in view of the continued apathy towards the issues raised by them. Half-hearted outbursts at the roundtable against the demonstration by Geelani and his cohorts sound hypocritical as the Congress and other parties keep raising controversial issues in order to compete for the extremist political space in the Valley.
Apropos of the report Quit smoking (April 26), the health minister has chosen to scare people by putting illustrations of skulls and crossbones on packets of cigarettes and gutka. If the government is really worried about people’s health, why does it not ban the sale of such items?
Amitabh Bachchan’s post-wedding interview reveals his one-track mindset. He should not forget that he is what he is because of public adulation and the media. Though his son Abhishek’s wedding was a private affair, given his iconic status, did he expect the event to be a low-key affair? In any event, why should anyone be so interested in this family, which has done little for society?