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State interference

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 23:37 IST

The HRD Ministry’s instruction to delay the admissions to IIMs is clearly an interference in the working of the premier institutes. As the Supreme Court’s future judgment will not affect the general category applicants, it is reasonable to announce the results of the general category candidates without further delay. The admission lists of other institutes are already out, and the delay will cause confusion as some candidates who have made the mark at an IIM may proceed with admission to some other institute, unwilling to take a risk.

JN Mahanty


The HRD Ministry has forced the IIMs to toe its line on reservations. There is no reaction from industry or the media on this appalling State interference. This is surprising given the hue and cry when the NDA’s Murli Manohar Joshi had tried to reduce the IIM fees. Are there different standards for different political ideologies?

Udita Agrawal

In public interest

The editorial Judiciary in the dock (April 10) Gail Omvedt’s advocacy of caste census in Get under society’s skin (April 20) is flawed. She wrongly assumes that caste, as desired by politicians, is the only basis for determining OBCs. Even the Constitution does not say who define OBCs. If a non-caste criteria were to be adopted, the need for caste-based census would become redundant.

Raghu Ram
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Abhiash fatigue

The Abhishek and Aishwarya wedding has been given far too much coverage in both the electronic and print media. Media managers must fix limits on the amount of trivial ‘news’ they can inflict on their viewers/ readers. The media should apologise for burdening us with such inane reporting.

Shariq Alavi

High flier

It is intriguing how Babubhai Katara got past airport immigrationin in the US, Britain and Canada when India’s former minister was even strip-searched?

Rajib Sen
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