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Populist paradigm

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 00:43 IST

Apropos of Mushirul Hasan’s article Not just a status symbol (April 11), the British started the divide and rule strategy in a country with various castes and faiths. Now our politicians are doing the same to get votes. Reservations should be only for economically backward sections, no matter from which caste or region he is from.

Anil Singh Rawat
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Minority status on the basis of religion will take the country back to the dark ages. Today’s political paradigm is based on common civil rights where religion is a personal matter. If a bleeding citizen is rushed to an emergency ward, his blood group identity would be helpful, not his religious, caste or minority status. The policy to preserve outdated religious or caste identities will slow us down as a nation.

Dhirendra Sharma

Green signal

The new traffic regulations are laudable. The root cause of road accidents is violation of traffic rules. Most motorists jump red lights. There is need to check bus drivers as well.

Syed Adil Mehdi


Most bus drivers suddenly change lanes, stop the bus in the middle of the road to pick up passengers and cross speed limits. The authorities must take stringent action against traffic violators.

AK Rawat

Intrusive appraisal

Apropos of the report Appraisal form shocks women bureaucrats (April 11), the Ministry of Personnel is seeking irrelevant details. How can these details be related to performance? Women have proved they are no less than men. They should not be insulted like this.

Bal Govind