The draft Bill to reserve 27 per cent seats in educational institutions for OBCs including the creamy layer among them is against the principle of natural justice as per the Supreme Court guidelines. It is an irony that as against the OBC population of 52 per cent, 27 per cent of the seats are to be reserved for them. This actually works out to 50 per cent reservation. On any issue, the government and the political parties are guided by electoral politics rather than social justice.
The UPA government is blindly pursuing a path of reservation without any corresponding creation of job opportunities for our unemployed youths. Our greedy rulers are disturbing the peace and social harmony of the country and creating social conflict in the process. It is surprising why Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi are allowing themselves to be misguided by unscrupulous elements. In fact, it’s a question of power and position. As they say, birds of a feather flock together.
The government has failed miserably to win the confidence of the student community over the much-mooted quota issue. The students are apprehensive that the government might not keep its word on the proposal to increase seats proportionately to compensate for the quotas.
These apprehensions are not unwarranted. Though there have been hectic parleys on the quota issue, no one has cared to assure the students in this regard.
The editorial More than soft drinks, hard facts (August 24) is well-timed. Reports clearly reflect the Health Ministry’s soft corner for cola manufacturers. The ministry should better focus on improving its own homework towards safeguarding public health rather than belittling the CSE that has taken up this cause primarily in the interests of the general public.
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