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Reforms without Roots

Merit and Reservation K BALAGOPAL (EPW, October 6) is perfectly timely and appropriate. The recent hue and cry over the issue of reservation by the so-called upper or forward classes is nothing but a dirty show of their selfishness and narrow-mindedness. Merit and efficiency are never the monopoly of the forward classes. If equal opportunity is given to the backward castes and tribes including OBC community there is definitely no doubt that most of them would excel the esteemed upper class meritocracy. Merit and efficiency is the product of the system and therefore not the preserve of one differentiated social group or community. The so-called forward classes who had been occupying most of the top position of the country's administration are steadily reducing the country into shambles. Aren't we under the administration of the so-called merit and efficient hand? Crude and barbaric forms of protest like committing suicide, self-immolation and destroying public utility, etc, has, if anything, slurred the image of merit and of the efficient Indian. It is a sheer madness grown out of the impulse of self-preservation. For decades most of the fruits of freedom and progress has been enjoyed by a few upper strata of the society. It is high time they saw reason and got rid of the feeling of undue jealousy and grudge against their, fellow brethren who were still caught in the deep mire of all-round backwardness. K Balagopal's article deserves wider publicity and dissemination as an antidote to the anti-reservation stir.

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