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Quota will deepen divide

Barkha Dutt in Not caste in stone (April 12) has viewed reservation and caste, rich and modest, India’s brightest and average all in one breath.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2008 00:00 IST
Hindustan Times

Barkha Dutt in Not caste in stone (April 12) has viewed reservation and caste, rich and modest, India’s brightest and average all in one breath. Casteism is the distinct child of Indian politics. Reservation is a feeble exercise towards acquiring equity and it is adding fuel to fire. Excellence, which is the prime objective of higher education, cannot be diluted. We are silent witness to a vote-bank motivated policy and the misuse of franchise by the educated men of India. Politics in caste, caste in reservation and reservation in politics is a full circle.

Viniti Gupta,


Though Barkha Dutt argues the political correctness vis-a-vis Mayawati’s licence to be abrasive, the fact is that caste which is increasingly becoming irrelevant has ironically become the main problem. The politicians want caste to be carved in stone in the minds of the backwards. This helps them to abdicate their commitment towards social justice and to perform better for the community as a whole. As quota is thrust upon us, no one asks politicians how many anti-poverty schemes are working or who has benefited from them. Let us condemn the red-herring thrown at us by the masters of political acrimony to hide their misgovernance.

VN Balakrishna,


Barkha Dutt’s views on reservation make a lot of sense. We do require reservations to balance the inequality in our caste-ridden society but not at the cost of merit and excellence. There should be no reservations in prestigious institutions like IIMs and IITs and the criteria for admission into these institutes should be merit. Uplift of the downtrodden cannot be achieved by treading upon the aspirations of those who are truly meritorious and deserving. To do so would be grossly unjust.

Ranjana Manchanda,
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Reservation on the basis of caste divides society and this policy has failed to achieve social justice, as even after five decades the list of OBC is growing. Now, economically forward classes belonging to the OBC, SC, ST categories are enjoying the facility. On the other hand, it denies the opportunity to the meritorious students of the general category. In some states, the percentage of reservation in educational institutions has already crossed the 50 per cent limit. In the present scenario, rather than dividing us on the basis of caste and creed, the system should encourage young talents to compete at the international level.

Md Ziyaullah Khan,

Sycophancy in Congress

HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s suggestion to make Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister was expected considering that he is one of the longest-serving sycophants of the Gandhi family in the Congress. But to have Sharad Pawar of the NCP join the chorus is rather surprising considering that the basis for the formation of the NCP was their objection to Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin and her claim to high office in this country. It seems Sharad Pawar has not only reconciled to Sonia Gandhi’s leadership but has thought it fit to join the cheerleaders rooting for Rahul’s elevation as PM. Now we know why Rahul Gandhi refused a ministerial berth in the recent Cabinet reshuffle. The Gandhis have always been the first among equals.

S Kamat,


Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh’s suggestion that Rahul Gandhi should be made Prime Minister shows how crafty he is. But what surprised us more was the fact that even Congress’s allies like NCP’s Sharad Pawar, DMK’s Karunanidhi and others also followed suit. The suggestion, if placed before public, is going to be detrimental for the Congress as Rahul is not matured enough to shoulder this responsibility.

Achyut Railkar,

In bad taste

The report Marilyn Monroe sex film sold for $1.5 million (April 16) is in bad taste. It is offensive and serves no purpose except providing a piece of pornography to a few perverse readers. Meaningless reports like these embarrasses readers, especially when they are in company of young family members and young adults. Also, it is against the standards of journalistic ethics and public taste. Please publish meaningful stories that affect our daily lives.

DPS Verma

Zeal of IPL

Apropos of the editorial Let the spectacle begin (April18), at last the Indian Premier League (IPL) series has begun with all the fanfare that it can muster. The T20 concept is marketable because this version of the game is fast, like football and hockey. In fact, this format can become popular in countries that don’t usually follow cricket.
But will the quality of cricket suffer? Will the zeal to play for the country be affected? Will the T20 concept sound the death-knell of one-day cricket and Test matches? Let us keep our fingers crossed.

K Venkataraman