Monday, June 26, 2006

"Poor must be helped but quota is not the way"

Arun Shourie talks to Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN's Devil Advocate about reservations. I find Karan Thapar getting unnecessarily argumentative and doesn't let the opponent present their views. Karan Thapar can be aggressive in questioning but should learn to listen first.

Arun Shourie makes a case as to why caste based reservations are not good and only divides India. He vehemently argues for helping the poor but not through quota system which only perpetuates caste. His four point formula for helping the poor are:
  1. Social Reforms: Like the ones that happened in many part of Tamil Nadu.
  2. Economic Growth and Modernization
  3. Individual Attention: Provide nutrition, free meals etc.,
  4. Build an eco-system: Build dormitories, free books, training and education.