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'Nepotism in the garb of social justice'

Surfers agree this government never cared for public outcry against quotas.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 16:44 IST

After 49 per cent quotas in government educational institutions, the government is now going to implement 27 per cent OBC quotas in unaided higher educational institutions. The matter is to come up for debate in the winter session of the Parliament.

Clearly the news hasn't been well received. The issue of whether the creamy layer in OBCs should have been kept out of reservation umbrella has been debated as well.

Here's how the responses went.

Varinder Sarin from Kuwait felt this government was least bothered about public opinion.

"Public opinion does not matter in current political situation. UPA is following dictatorship in the garb of democracy."

"When the UPA government does not care for the Supreme Court orders or President's opinion then where does public opinion matter? What happened to SC's order on demolition of unauthorised buildings in Delhi? What happened on OoP Bill? What happened on AIIMS doctors' salaries for the strike period? What happened when SC declared illegal, the dissolution of Bihar assembly? What happened when Jharkhand Governor could not see the difference between 41 and 38 before SC intervened?"

"The issue of reservation is a gift of Congress party to the nation - like the Kashmir issue - which will divide the nation on caste and religious lines."

Rajagopal from New Delhi, India felt nobody listens. All people care for is their political careers.

"The government is playing politics with caste to gain votes. It is time to end reservation in all spheres. But who will listen? All are mad about their political careers."

Anil K Kapoor of New Delhi, India reiterated that a blanket reservation policy (without checks and measures) would lead to fall in standards.

"Fixing quota in private institutions will pull down our education level to zero. The calibre of students coming in from OBC section is well-known."

Ramkrishnan felt the government was never serious about skimming of the creamy layer.

"Reservation is nepotism in the garb of 'social justice'. Otherwise why object to removal of 'creamy layer' from reservation quota?"

New Delhi's Deepti was certain government was harming India's future.

"Government is forging ahead with reservations to get votes from the quota category and is playing with the future of Indian students."

Akansha from Nagpur in India feels the government would do everything in its might to get its way.

"The quota bill is being brought into the Parliament on the last day, so that there's no space for any agitation against it. It's unfair for students like us who work hard only to find that they don't deserve their engineering seats because they're not OBCs."

"I strongly oppose it and even though I'm against brain drain, I (and indeed many more like me) would be forced to practice it."

"Introduction of increased reservations will only take the country backwards."

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First Published: Sep 01, 2006 15:18 IST