Stir for quota

The three Rs, viz. Reservation, Religion and Regionalism, are what hold back India as they are anti- development and divisive (“ >Hardik show in Delhi”, Aug.30). Governments, both at the Centre and States, are so mired in them that there does not seem to be a solution in sight. The reservation policy should have been discontinued a decade after the adoption of the Constitution, but political parties turned a blind eye to this only to end up with a major problem now.

B.L.S. Murthy,


I have three daughters. I am an upper caste individual with no property. In spite of being an average student, I landed a good job and settled down in life in 1977. I had two options. Save money and get them married or spend my earnings on their education and let them find their future. I chose the second option. I was aware of the issue of reservation, and advised my girls early on why Dr. B.R. Ambedkar thought it to be necessary for India. I also advised them to study hard. My children were convinced that by supporting the policy of reservation and by studying hard, they could not only achieve a higher level of success but also help the country and went on do well. But when I read about the agitation in Gujarat, it got me thinking. Where is the end? Should there be reservation for all castes in proportion to their numerical strength? In the end, reservation should be a time-bound programme and I leave it to the combined wisdom of Parliament to ponder over this.

Biswajit Chaudhury,


The nature of caste-based deprivation is different from that based on mere economic inequality. As for the grudge regarding ‘merit’, once it is acknowledged that all are born with equal potential, the fact that candidates from certain sections continue on average, to score less and those from certain others to score, again on average, more in various examinations, in fact proves the lingering unequal inheritance of history and the consequent need for relevant affirmative action policies and laws. Thus, it is absurd to call for poverty-based reservations when, in the first place, reservations are not meant to remove economic deprivation.

Firoz Ahmad,

New Delhi

The identification of weaker sections of society with meagre financial resources irrespective of caste and creed must be the lone criterion for reservations ( >Editorial, Aug.28). In Gujarat, the demand for inclusion in the OBC list is sure to alienate Other Backward Communities who have been excluded. The BJP is bound to have its monolithic vote-bank face great erosion.

Azhar A. Khan,

Rampur, Uttar Pradesh

The unrest in Gujarat has shed light on the general disenchantment with the caste-based reservation system. Yet, abolishing it completely would not be advisable as caste-based oppression still continues in the rural hinterlands. Limiting the benefits of reservations to two generations per family would truly help those in need of it.

Bridgette George,


If Hardik Patel thinks that by providing reservation to his own community the social issues he has raised will be solved only points to the immaturity of the young man. Farmers’ suicides and Gujarat’s backwardness point to the failure of government mechanisms. We need interventions of a more basic nature in these matters. The privatisation and commercialisation of education have deprived many young people of their aspirations and rights.

Elizabeth Varghese,


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