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Only for votes

Sharad Yadav admits in as many words that if quotas are not implemented, politicians should be ready to face an electoral debacle. Our netas care two hoots about the country.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 01:30 IST

Sharad Yadav, in Promises to keep (May 22) has talked of everything that is wrong with the reservations issue. Yadav admits in as many words that if quotas are not implemented, politicians should be ready to face an electoral debacle. This is what it’s all about for Yadav and his ilk -- votes and votes alone. Our netas care two hoots about the country.

Rohan thawani
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II

Quotas and reservations not only divide society on caste lines but also breed social inequalities. How can one justify social justice when students of low calibre will avail of seats denied to a student of high calibre? I hope that good sense will prevail and educated political leaders will work towards building a stronger and united India.

JN Mahanty
Puri

III

It’s tragic to note that despite the widespread and relevant protests against reservations by medical students and doctors all across India, no serious step has been taken by the government to address the issue. Rather, they are being punished.

If being beaten by the police wasn’t deterrent enough, the officials are now threatening to throw out medical students from their hostels. This is downright illegal. Has anything been done to punish the police who lathicharged the protesting students in Mumbai? Citizens must come out in support of these brave students.

GS JALORA
via e-mail

Copy cats

Apropos of Copyright shield for melodies (May 22). the scarcity of talent in the music industry nowadays has led to the lifting of tunes from hit songs in old Hindi movies by music directors has become commonplace. Amendment of the Copyright Act 1957 was long overdue.

Hemant Pandey
Delhi
 
Throw out the rot

The editorial, Discipline and punish (May 22), was insightful. After all that has been reported about ‘Blue Label’ brigadiers and  ‘Ketch-up’ colonels, the reported incident(s) of  molestation of women officers in the Defence Services is distressing. A few black sheep have tarnished the image of the armed forces.

RK Malhotra
Delhi

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