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A case for doing away with reservation
In a statement in the Rajya Sabha two days ago, India's Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, made a wonderful case for doing away with reservation altogether. Given the controversy surrounding the Justice Rajindar Sachar Committee asking the Indian military questions about the number of Muslims in the ranks, he clarified
Recruitment to the armed forces was based on merit and open to every citizen, including Muslims, without discrimination on the basis of their caste, creed, religion or region.He went on to praise the armed forces
The armed forces were professional, apolitical, secular and highly disciplined and every State contributed a fair share of manpower to them.Given his statement that merit was the only criteria for recruitment to the armed forces and that he considered the armed forces to be a professional and disciplined organization, it may not be a bad idea to ask the various political parties if the experience with India's defence forces can be extended to other realms of life, such as education & employment. If we can have professionalism and good quality performance without reservation, as exists in the armed forces, why should reservation be forced upon educational institutions, the public sector and possibly the private sector?
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