This refers to your Diary “Say no to caste based reservation” (February 24). All kinds of reservation is an obstruction to the country’s economic development. Time has now come to abolish reservation in the interest of the nation. Politicians must stop using quota as a tool for vote-bank politics. Caste-based reservations have become an easy route for politicians to ascend to power and for the beneficiaries to reach the top stratums by compromising on the merit of their counterparts belonging to the unreserved category. No doubt, the economically weaker sections must be taken care off by giving them more opportunities to come up, but reservations are not the way. Irrespective of the caste association, people deprived of education due to financial constraints should be given free access to schools and colleges. Admission to higher educational institutes and employment should be based solely on merit.
Vinod C. Dixit
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