The promotions quota Bill will breed social inequality
This refers to the editorial Don't promote more tensions (Our Take, September 8). By tabling the promotions quota Bill the government is further making way for divisive and anti-progressive politics in the country. The very idea behind the Bill - promoting people on the basis of caste and religion - threatens to jeopardise the social fabric of the country and is against the Constitution that guarantees equality to all citizens. Even entry-level job reservation has failed to achieve its objectives with either the creamy layer taking advantage or the reserved positions lying vacant. So promotions should be made on a merit-cum-seniority basis.
Bal Govind, Noida
The promotions quota Bill is nothing but an extension of vote-bank politics that our politicians are adept at playing. All the communities should get equal opportunities with promotion being made on the grounds of merit and not caste. This Bill will only create social inequality in society. Social justice can only be achieved if everybody gets equal opportunity and thus this Bill should not see the light of day. Moreover, the urgency that the government has displayed in tabling this Bill hints at its desperation to deflect attention from the coal blocks allocation scam.
Vijai Pant, Nainital
It's futile to engage Pakistan
This refers to the report Pakistan promises action against 26/11 plotters (September 9). Time and again Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to bringing perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to the justice. But it never did anything to turn these empty platitudes into action. Despite providing enough evidences on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Islamabad continues to say that the proofs aren't adequate. It's high time we realise that it is completely futile to engage a Janus-faced Pakistan in bilateral talks.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai