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Surprising, Sanghvi to thinks so

It is hard to believe after reading your previous columns that you have begun to subscribe to the inane view that providing quotas is a means to ensuring equity of growth. None would mind an increased taxation of sorts, reservations in schools and in coachng classes. What people are opposed to is the pointless loss of opportunity in the name of affirmative action.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 19:19 IST

It is hard to believe after reading your previous columns that you have begun to subscribe to the inane view that providing quotas is a means to ensuring equity of growth. Redistribution of prosperity as such could come through finally fixing the long-standing issue of education.

It is unlikely for anyone to object if the HRD ministry finally took to cleaning its Augean stables, even if this meant, say an increased taxation of sorts. Nor would anyone mind if Mr Singh announced establishment of reservations in high schools or even - since the "backward" object most about this - coaching classes.

What people are opposed to is the pointless loss of opportunity in the name of affirmative action. Arjun Singh, to paraphrase Rand, is feeding off both the blood of the forward and the sores of the poor, in his attempt at social engineering.