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Thus far and no further

Everything comes to a standstill. Roads are blocked. The trains are held up.  The oft repeated TV footage clearly shows the destructive tendencies of the agitators—some of them are seen removing nuts and bolts of the railway tracks so that the train service would not resume even if the agitations are called off. The party in power gets nervous and succumbs to pressure. The leader of the demonstrators makes it clear that there was no question of any discussion at a place convenient to the government but it should be at the very spot where agitators are ‘relaxing’!

The above said agitation [or rather ‘pressure tactics’,] as you might have guessed, is for the inclusion of one of the umpteen castes in the never-ending reservation list. Since caste is a sensitive issue, nobody has the guts to oppose it, though it is crystal clear that the necessity for caste-based reservations does not exist and it is time to switch over to income-based reservation [if it is absolutely necessary]. Since there are poor and rich in every caste, there being no social barriers.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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