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Politics of quota

The ruling of the seven-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court abolishing reservation in private, unaided colleges should be treated as final. The Government, instead of contemplating a law to override it, should implement the verdict. A law will set a bad precedent for every judgment that goes against the government's thinking.

B. Murthy,
Chennai

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Government investment in quality higher education has not kept pace with population explosion. The focus should not be on reservation but it should be on demanding quality across the board and offering economic assistance. The court gave its verdict after detailed deliberations; subversion of the judgment for vote-bank consideration will not be good for India's cause to become a knowledge society.

K. Chandrasekar,
Chennai

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The ruling giving full autonomy to self-financing private colleges will only result in low quality education. The managements of most private colleges are interested only in making money.

Sadanand Priyesh,
Vasco da Gama, Goa

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The verdict should be seen as an opportunity to arrest the division of society along caste and class lines. The college managements, which have won judicial support for their invaluable right to freedom from state interference, should establish their credentials and credibility. A transparent admission and scholarship scheme that harmonises their hard-won right with social justice aspirations is the need of the hour. Providers of education render a noble service, and idealism is not a state monopoly.

Mohan Raman,
Chennai

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In the name of social justice, politicians are pressing for the continuation of reservation with an eye on the vote-bank. If one were to go through the lists for admission to various professional courses every year, one will find that most of the seats in the OC quota are bagged by BC and MBC candidates. Where then is the need for reservation?

V.V. Naganathan,
Vancouver, Washington

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