With the UPA government going ahead with the move to reserve 27 per cent of seats in higher educational institutions for the OBCs beginning June 2007, and with the NDA hardly raising a whimper, the stage seems set for the next phase of “social justice”: reservations in private sector companies, industries, corporates and businesses.
Questions: Will Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar carry out her threat of getting industry to toe the UPA line in two years? Will industry resist or will it quietly cave in, out of fear if not repraisal? Does the private sector have a duty to shoulder part of the social burden? If it does, at what cost and to what extent? Will quotas affect India’s competitiveness and spell finis to the India Inc Story?
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