Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already apologised to Sikhs for the blood-curdling 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom following the death of Indira Gandhi.
In the same spirit, should the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, say sorry on behalf of the entire nation to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes subjugated by centuries of upper caste, upper class oppression this Independence Day?
Why are we raising this now? One, because of the kind of frayed tempers the quota move and the anti-quota protests have spawned. And two, because veteran American editor Ken Woodley has just kicked off a national campaign to get the US President George W. Bush to say sorry for slavery.