Quota power

It is indeed sad that a person with such high values and intellect such as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to stay silent when the National Knowledge Commission was attacked by politicians.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 00:31 IST
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It is indeed sad that a person with such high values and intellect such as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to stay silent when the National Knowledge Commission was attacked by politicians (Quota hits knowledge panel, May 23). It appears that our PM has no control over his ministers and it’s Sonia Gandhi who is calling all the shots. The other Knowledge Commission members should show solidarity with Andre Beteille and Pratap Bhanu Mehta and tender their resignations too.

Nitin G Gokarn
via email

II

The ugly situation that has arisen on the reservation issue owes much to the fact that policy decisions on important matters are taken without public debate. A comprehensive and objective assessment of the costs and benefits of the reservation policy would have gone a long way in building healthy public opinion.

BL Sirohi
New Delhi

Missile failure

Brahma Chellaney’s article (A dud in the manger? May 23) raises pertinent questions. The Prime Minister should take the nation into confidence as to why he has postponed the testing of the Agni 3 missile. How can this missile be otherwise developed? There’s already been a five-month delay in giving permission for the first test. These political delays are the reason why India has fallen way behind Pakistan and China on the missile front. The PM ought to clarify his action through a statement in Parliament.

Shankar kumar
New Delhi

China leads the race

Apropos of the editorial The gorgeous Chinese (May 23), it is not only in constructing the massive Three Gorges dam ten months ahead of schedule that the Chinese have overtaken us. They have convincingly proved that they are ahead of us in almost every field. There is much room for introspection.

Tarlok Singh,
New Delhi

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First Published: May 24, 2006 00:31 IST