No quotas this year

The Supreme Court ask the UPA government to set the rules before playing the game

Thousands of young people should be relieved. The Supreme Court has put an end, for now, to the UPA government’s brinkmanship over the introduction of additional reservations in higher education on the basis of India’s demographics in 1931. Ninad Laud has detailed coverage at Lex:

“After having heard all parties at length, we find no reasons to wary our order”. This one line order disposing off the application for modification filed by the Govt should bring much relief to all the anxious readers of Lex.

What’s more, our fears (which I had brought out in my post yesterday) have also been taken care of by another substantive Writ Petition having been filed by the Pan-IIM Alumni Association which has among other things challenged the directions being issued by the HRD Ministry to the IIMs regarding the admissions. This Petition has been taken on board and will be heard along with the other Petitions in August. [Lex]

This battle is over but the long war continues. The Supreme Court will decide on whether to admit the government’s plea to refer the case to a Constitution Bench—essentially a bigger panel of judges—for a final verdict.

10 thoughts on “No quotas this year”

  1. “After having heard all parties at length, we find no reasons to wary our order”. Wary? Vary? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  2. The pioneer reported 2 days back that the social justice ministry (didn’t know there was such a thing) under Meira Kumar is itching for publicity/notoriety and making noises about codifying mandatory ‘affirmative action’ for the backward castes in the private sector in law.

    Now that the govt jobs kamadhenu has slowed, the netas target the next big pelf n’ patronage source out there. Apparently, the nation’s IT leaders pledged to do some voluntary affirmative action in their firms, but that hasn’t impressed Ms. Kumar anywhere near enough.

  3. I have a question for Nitin. If there is no guarantee that the Congress will get votes and win elections because of quotas, why is it still doing this destructive thing? The Congress is not going to win anything substantial in U.P and it lost in Punjab and Delhi after introducing quotas.

  4. If there is no guarantee that the Congress will get votes and win elections because of quotas, why is it still doing this destructive thing?

    (a) Because it is ideologically and intellectually bankrupt
    (b) It is clinging on to the hope that a return to the good old days of quotas (replace license raj with quota raj) will allow it to kick start its patronage machine
    (c) Because it is really a parochial party (with pocket fiefdoms) masquerading as a national party. What might arguably be called for in its fiefdoms won’t necessarily work across the nation.
    (d) Because even the right thinking people in its cadre dare not challenge the wisdom and policies of the leadership. And the leadership may actually be living in the delusion that the 2004 election results were actually against reform.
    (e) Most cynical explanation: create a wreck for Rahul to rescue. Then Rahul becomes the reformer.

  5. Nitin,

    There is one more,

    (f)Arjun Singh has got Manmohini and Sphinx where he wanted, now he can not be thrown from the cabinet as the duo were planning to do earlier, if rumour mills are to be believed.
    Hence “Deer in the headlights” look

  6. Shankar,

    There is no evidence that the quota policy cost the UPA Delhi and Punjab. At best it made no difference

  7. Gaurav – please Arjun Singh could have forced the cat out of the bag but he does not influence how aggressively the AG should push for this case in the SC (see Lex post from today).

    MMS and the Sphinx are neck deep in this muck and promoting it.

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