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Quota politics

The government is creating friction in society with the slew of quotas (Quota in colleges goes up to 49.5 per cent, April 6). As it is, competition is keen and ruthless in this over-populated country.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 01:13 IST

The government is creating friction in society with the slew of quotas (Quota in colleges goes up to 49.5 per cent, April 6). As it is, competition is keen and ruthless in this over-populated country. But with this new reservation gimmick, the Centre will spell ruin for the futures of the general category.

Hitesh Jhangiani
Delhi

II

If students from backward castes in government schools get free books and pay a nominal fee, then where is the hindrance to them entering colleges? With quotas, general candidates suffer. It is clear this move is driven by vote bank politics.

Nikhita Aron
Delhi

III

Admission to premier colleges should be on the basis of merit and certainly not on the basis of caste. If the government wants to help SCs, STs and OBCs, it can provide them with study loans. All students will now want a SC/OBC certificate.

Chetna Kinger
via e-mail

IV

Reservation has harmed efficiency and has done no good to the people it was meant for. A quota system in IIT and IIM will be disastrous. These institutes must induct students on merit basis. If the Centre is serious about the uplift of the backward classes, it should provide them with quality primary education so that they are able to compete in the general category later. Moreover, a reservation tag is humiliating.

A.N. Banerjee
Kolkata

Self-serving statistics

Sitaram Yechury’s article Restoring Bengal (April 6) is a clever piece that ignores contrary statistics and common perception about the Left Front’s achievements in West Bengal. He has pushed arguments on the basis of selective data. The outcome of the elections will speak for itself.

Bibekananda Ray
via e-mail

Workers none

Medha Patkar’s fast, the SBI employees’ strike, illegal constructions and demolitions in Delhi all go to show that the UPA government has failed to solve the problems of the common people. Political leaders are busy with elections and Opposition leaders are away on yatras in their air-conditioned vehicles. That is the state of the nation.

G.R. Chopra
via e-mail

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