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50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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Stay on quota a welcome relief

The Supreme Court’s stay order on the Central law providing 27 per cent reservation to the Other Backward Classes is most welcome. It has come as a welcome relief for all those students who work hard to make their way to prestigious institutions such as IITs and IIMs purely on merit and distinction.

The stay order will indeed help more meritorious students to get into these institutions instead of the less deserving ones via Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s quota.

The apex court rightly said that the time has come to replace vote banks with talent. The government must heed the ruling and henceforth refrain from enacting laws that will hamper the career of bright students, especially those who deserve to be in these highest ranked institutions and global brands.

AVINASH JHA, Bangalore


 

II

“Let the law take its own course” - this is the continued stand of our political leaders whenever the court stays reservation. Parliament should not be allowed to short-circuit the Supreme Court’s interim stay on the OBC quota either by constitutional amendment or by putting it in the Ninth Schedule. In public interest, the Government of India should initiate a public debate on this
sensitive issue.

SIMMI MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City

III

The two-Judge Bench, in its wisdom, has judged that quota is a sort of fraud on the nation as it continues even after six decades of Independence. It is thus detrimental to the national interest, a mockery of the Constitution and an insult to the intelligence of the country.

Unfortunately, politicians bother much more about their vote banks and trappings of power than patriotism and reputation of the country and it is these timeservers who are blaming the judges for the quota muddle. If quota is allowed to continue, is it not similar to permitting fake currency?

B.S. GANESH, Bangalore

IV

We must understand the difference between opportunities, equality and merit which cannot be ignored by anyone. Parliament has no right to bring any constitutional amendment to nullify the court ruling on quotas. It should organise a referendum on the subject after a non-partisan expert committee gives its opinion on the question.

The constitutional amendment to extend reservations after every 10 years is illegal and uncalled for various reasons. First, there is no social discrimination now. Secondly, the economic situation has undergone change with increasing growth rate and reduced level of poverty.

J.C. KHURANA, New Delhi

V

The Supreme Court is unable to tell how the government is crossing the Lakshman Rekha while introducing quotas. On which basis did it allow reservation recommended by the Mandal Commission? Was it not on the basis of 1931 census? The stay order has created uncertainties among the OBC students selected for admission to IIMs and IITs.

With due respect to judiciary, I am unable to understand how can the judiciary govern the country on each and every issue instead of the government. If judiciary is everything, where is the need for the government?

BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, Faridabad

VI

While granting a stay, the apex court has passed comments which are sweeping and uncalled for. It said that quotas should not perpetuate backwardness in the country which is bewildering.

The Constitution says that the government shall endeavour to give adequate representation to the backward castes for their speedy uplift to help them join the national mainstream. Thus, how can the Supreme Court exceed its brief and comment against the spirit of our Constitution?

S.A. NASSER KHAN, Chennai

VII

Reservations are such an emotive issue that the OBCs must be given protection from interference by the courts through stay orders. Implementing educational quotas is akin to implementing land reforms to establish an equitable society.

The people’s right, especially to their uplift, should not be bogged down in lengthy legal proceedings. The judiciary should review it only on grounds of violation of the basic structure of the Constitution.

KATTARI ANANDA NAIDU, Chennai

Let’s follow Gandhiji’s ideals

The editorial “Brand Gandhi” (March 27) has only refuelled my interest in the charisma of this great personality who stood for non-violence and secularism. To me, true Gandhism symbolises simplicity, equanimity and love for the suffering humanity for which Mahatma toiled in his lifetime.

Some politicians pay lip service to this great personality while others try to gain political mileage by criticising him for fanning communal passions and discord in society. In my 55 years of life, I have never read or heard about Gandhiji having accumulated wealth in his own name or had any bank account.

Brand Gandhi will continue to stay on for its mass appeal since it is the ultimate saviour of the suffering humanity. My only submission to our countrymen is, let’s follow the great Mahatma’s ideals in our life.

B.B. GOYAL, Samrala


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