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Reservation Bill

The exemption of minority educational institutions from the purview of the Constitution (104th) Amendment Bill is one more example of the Government going out of its way to please the minorities. This will in no way contribute to help the minorities.

D. Samuel Lawrence,
Madurai

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Another example of the double standards and vote bank politics of the UPA Government. A majority of the educational institutions run by minorities are either run by rich individuals or rich minority trusts. So extending the reservation policy to minority institutions will not affect their constitutional protection, independence, or well entrenched finance structure. So why this exemption?

S. Siva Kumar,
Swaminathapuram, T.N.

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Most of our lawmakers are more interested in protecting their vote banks than in the uplift of the backward classes. Reservation in government-aided and private un-aided educational institutions will only lower the standards. Merit should be the basis of admission in any institution.

Mohammad Jamil Akhtar,
Aligarh, U.P.

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The Bill is a boon for the weaker sections in their march towards educational progress. It is imperative on the part of the beneficiaries to make full use of the opportunity.

C. Paramarthalingam,
Madurai

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The passing of the Bill is a step towards rendering justice to those subjected to centuries of discrimination and inequality.

However, we must not continue to be pegged to caste-orientation for long. We must switch over to the economic criterion.

M. Govindaswamy,
Chennai

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