The Supreme Court’s stay today on the implementation of the 27 per cent quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in institutes of higher education is a resounding slap on the cheeks of HRD Minister Arjun Singh and indeed the UPA government of Manmohan Singh.
Rushed through with great speed, without relevant up-to-date data, the OBC quota move now lies in tatters, with the credibility of government and Parliament in question. It’s a victory for the students who opposed the move to further divide society on caste lines.
Is the SC right to call reservations “vote-bank politics” despite the ground reality? Will the politicians now bulldoze their way with something more drastic? Should there be a referendum on the issue as V.P. Singh suggetss? Should the PM sack Arjun Singh?
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