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"Everyone has to earn his place in globalised world"

Friday 22 December 2006

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 21: “CASTE-BASED reservation will only perpetuate the caste system and must be done away with,” MP Rahul Bajaj has argued opposing the Bill that extends reservations for OBCs in central higher educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs.

The direction in which our reservation policy has moved and is moving in is wrong. It is of entitlements based only on caste. This is likely to take our economy backward and create divisions in our society,” Bajaj said, adding that the answer to social injustice is better education for all.

Noting that his company Bajaj Auto has 36 per cent employees from SCs, STs and OBCs and that the Laxmi Narayan Temple in Wardha, built by grandfather Jamnalal Bajaj, was the first temple in India to be opened to Dalits, Bajaj said he was all for empowerment of the backwards, but not at the cost of merit.

In a globalised world, there are no entitlements. Everybody has to earn his place. This legislation is an antithesis of this requirement. If we have 50 per cent reservation, we would be creating a society which does not learn to compete hard, and, does not want to compete with the rest of the world,” he said.

See online : The Indian Express

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