On reservation

This refers to the observation in the editorial "Stoking the reservation fires" (April 2) that national interest requires the preservation of IITs and IIMs as islands of excellence. The OBCs, by topping the rank lists, have raised the bar in the entrance test to Tamil Nadu professional courses. In IITs and IIMs too, the situation will be similar after 10 years of reservation. The impact of reservation must be assessed in the long term. If long-term benefits outweigh the short-term disadvantages, it is worth it.

S.A. Nasser Khan,

Reservation is proposed only at the entry level. It is not a free passport for graduation. Once in, all candidates have to perform under an identical environment. The forward castes, who are at least fourth generation college goers, should understand that the first or at best second generation OBC entrants require a push.

T.L. Sathiyanarayanan,

The Supreme Court's order staying the implementation of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher education has come at a time when the IIMs are about to declare the final selection list. It has jeopardised the career of students from the reserved communities. The Court could have worked towards the speedy disposal of the case through daily hearings.

S. Shivlal Yadav,
New Delhi

Reservation has a place and role in the politics of development. Opponents of reservation should understand that they are not living in isolation. All of us have to coexist. Helping a challenged person will only help us to gain in strength. At the same time, the political bosses should understand that there can be no social justice if reservation continues in its present form. Reservation or no reservation, every individual should toil constantly to progress in life. This is the fact that needs to be told and retold.

B. Ragupathy,

Those supporting the inclusion of the creamy layer in the purview of reservation argue that there has been no significant elevation in the status of the disadvantaged sections and that they are in need of reservation. This argument challenges the objective of reservation.

Our Constitution framers knew that the social progress of the weaker sections could be achieved through their educational and economic progress, which is why they provided for reservation.

It is a powerful social measure that has been extended to only those classes that have faced social discrimination for centuries. Thus while no reasonable justification can be advanced to support its extension to any section of the forward castes, among the backward it should be restricted to the poor.
Tom C. Jose,

Rarely in the history of Indian politics has there been such unity on display among politicians as over the reservation issue. Every party is ensuring that it is not the odd one out.

Two State governments have already ensured successful bandhs to protest the court order. Why do parties not show such unity in fighting corruption, violence, and criminalisation of politics?

B. Madhava Murthy,