Staff Correspondent

`Through reservations can merit prosper'

Udupi: Jnanpith Award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy said on Saturday that he is in favour of reservation.

Addressing presspersons here, Prof. Ananthamurthy said that it was only through reservation that merit could prosper. Reservations were complementary to merit. He said he was in favour of proposals for reservation in higher educational institutions put forward by Union Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh.

`No political ambitions'

He said that he had no more political ambitions. He had lost faith in the Third Front. The BJP was not interested in "Hindutva" but was only after power. "I will never forgive my friends in the Janata Dal (Secular) for joining hands with the BJP," he said. Prof. Mr. Ananthamurthy said that lack of sensitivity on the part of the Government was responsible for the growth of naxalism. He personally rejected naxalism because if naxalites came to power the State would become strong and repressive.

He said that he was against setting up of thermal power plants near Padubidri in Udupi district and at Tadari in Uttara Kannada district. Multi-national companies should be told to go in for captive power plants to meet their power requirements.

It was not necessary to destroy the pristine forests and ecology of the coastal belt for mega power projects, Prof. Ananthamurthy said.