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Reservation preservation

As politicos propose new categories for quotas, we suggest a few more to ensure no one is left out. HT writes.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2011 21:42 IST
Hindustan Times

You have to give it to our politicians, they are keenly competitive in most matters. So no sooner did Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi announce his sadbhavna fast, Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela too went on a starvation diet.

Then along comes law and minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid proposing reservations for socially and economically backward Muslims in government and educational institutions. Quick as a flash, UP chief minister Mayawati has asked for reservations for poor upper caste members.

At this rate, every one of us will be covered by some quota or the other. And we welcome this.

In fact, it would be wise to hedge your bets and ensure that you qualify under different quotas. We feel that more imaginative quotas should be framed than just based on religion or caste.

For example, we could have a quota for non-Stephanians who can’t spell dichotomous and perhaps we could appoint the intrepid Mani Shankar Aiyar as the head of the commission that will select the right candidates.

We certainly must have a quota for the weight-enhanced for they go through life facing all sorts of prejudices and taunts. We editorial writers who work ceaselessly to bring you these gems should definitely qualify under a quota which will ensure us employment till the age of 70.

And maybe a hefty yearly bonus thrown in.

Those of our readers who can think of innovative ideas for quotas could write in and tell us about them. We must not be denied our quota in the sun while the political mood seems to be ‘come one, come all, this is liberty hall’.

If you still have reservations about all this, we could work out a quota for you too.

First Published: Sep 19, 2011 21:40 IST