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On with the quota

Who will pay for the massive expansion of quotas that the government has planned? The cost of implementation is sure to multiply manifold when one takes into account the necessary investment required.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 00:12 IST
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Who will pay for the massive expansion of quotas that the government has planned? The cost of implementation is sure to multiply manifold when one takes into account the necessary investment required.

The country must be informed about how this extra revenue will be generated. Will the ageing, like me, who live on a progressively diminishing interest income, be now further punished by having to pay for the government’s folly?

Ila Guha
via e-mail

II

Post the Mandal Commission’s report, we started looking at names and backgrounds of classmates in a different manner. At IIT, we never saw more than one-fifth of the SC/ST seats taken — there were never enough students. More than half the seats (around 300 potential engineers per annum in those days) remained vacant. And now, the reality is that in the melee of professional lives, we don’t care two hoots about where the person next to us has come from.

Dheeraj Saxena
Delhi

III

The anti-quota protests are all very well, but do not seem to have made any difference. They have had no impact on the political class’s mindset. The OBC vote-bank is the more dominant voice. Urban voters must make their voices heard. Voting in great numbers can be a beginning. The reality is that it’s the vote that counts, not the voice, even if the protests are in Rang de Basanti style.

Karan Thakur
Delhi

IV

We will now have more reservations. The socially backward can now pursue higher studies easily — provided, of course, that they are enabled to reach that stage. How does the government propose to address the huge rate of SC/ST dropouts in school?

Medha Dutt
Kolkata

No meat in it

Apropos of Meat row divides Doon school (May 25), the school authorities should make the canteen vegetarian. Schoolchildren surely have better things to learn than be caught in conflict about the type of meat to be served.

GR Chopra
Delhi

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First Published: May 26, 2006 00:12 IST