The reservations curse
The Gujarat government promulgating an ordinance for upper-caste poor-reservations—providing 10% quota in government jobs and education for the economically weaker section among the upper castes—is a black mark on the entire history of social justice in India. And if the proposed reservation in private and public sector promotions plays out, then it would be the most absurd thinking on the part of government as it hinders economic development of the country. Reservations represent political pandering at its lowest ebb. There can be no second opinion that all forms of reservation are dangerous for the social fabric of the country—economically-weaker sections must be given more opportunities to come up and compete in life but in no case should there be reservation for anyone. Reservation must be abolished in the national interest; politicians should not provide for such reservations for vote-bank politics. It should be seen from national perspective. On reservation, the present government is no better than previous government in ruining the country’s future. Sadly, it is bowing down to this on the pressure of unlawful agitations and violent means of protest.
M Kumar, Delhi
On Modi’s qualifications
It is saddening to see how the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has dived into an abysmally low-level of politics and has demonstrated his childishness by seeking information on the educational qualification of prime minister Narendra Modi, two years after the NDA came to power and Modi was sworn-in to lead it. Earlier, the AAP, with an RTI application, had sought information on the expenditure incurred in favour of the prime minister out of the Consolidated Fund of India for his personal use. In the latter case, it was revealed that not a single rupee had been spent on this account. Now, Kejriwal has been informed that Modi had got MA degree in political science as an external student from the Gujarat University. Records show that Modi had passed with First Class in 1983 by scoring 499 marks out of 800—62.3%. Kejriwal and his party have fallen flat in their over-zealousness to hound Modi.
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