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The fortnight's burning question.

Do quotas really benefit the targeted communities?

Yes. Prakash Javdekar, National Spokesperson, BJP

Quotas do bring benefits to the targeted communities, but the benefits aren't reaching people at the bottom of the heap. The issue is becoming increasingly complicated due to multiple demands for quotas from various communities and also because of different kinds of quotas. We need a broad political consensus on reservations.

Can't say. Nilotpal Basu, MP, Rajya Sabha, CPI(M)

We do not think that reservations provide a lasting solution to the problem of inequity. But communities that have suffered from injustices inherent in Indian society have to be helped in some way. As long as India's rural population remains economically backward, the demand for reservations will keep coming up, whether or not benefits accrue to the communities.

Yes. Venugopal Dhoot, President, ASSOCHAM, and Chairman, Videocon Group

Quotas do bring benefits to the targeted communities. But reservations must be more rationally targeted at communities that need help than what we are doing currently.

(Compiled by Kapil Bajaj)

Published on: Sep 03, 2007, 5:18 AM IST
Posted by: AtMigration, Sep 03, 2007, 5:18 AM IST