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Convincing argument

This refers to the article, `Why exempt minority institutions' by Swami Agnivesh (Dec. 23). The author presents a reasoned and convincing argument. Had he expressed his views as soon as the outlines of the amendment were known, they would have been more effective.

At the same time, I do not believe that no one in the Government had considered arguments along these lines before finalising the amendment. I am sure they did. They should now make clear their reasons for doing things the way they did.

This will not, of course, affect the already passed bill, but will create a an atmosphere for a healthy debate, apart from clearing the air.

B. Ramakrishna,
Hyderabad

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The operative phrase in the well-argued article is "We do not have to be always coerced by law to do what is right and what is basic to our spiritual culture." It is an unassailable argument.

The essay gains strength and stands testimony to truth and honesty as the author promotes social justice when, as acknowledged by himself, his own institution would benefit less were the reservation provision extended to it.

Raghuram Ekambaram,
New Delhi

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