Thursday, June 01, 2006

Quota issue: Outlook favours, HT TOI and rest disagree


Most of the leading newspapers maintained that reservation for OBCs would further divide the society and that it would affect merit. In Indian Express Kumar Ketkar went to extent of prophesising that if we continue at this pace, India will be balkanized.
However, Vinod Mehta, in Outlook took a sharply different view. He said that the Middle Class is hostile to any such proposal that aims at empowering the backwards, Dalits and the poor. He cited the growth of Southern States where quota exists for long and it has not affeceted merit. Rather, these states have fared much better than North-Indian states.
CNN-IBN made an extra effort to shows that it was unbiased. The figures on number of Dalits/OBCs in journalism and Shivam Vij's report on the other side (views of AIIMS doctors in support of quota) gave the channel an edge. Another channel went to the extent of exhorting youths to do a Rang De Basanti on Arjun Singh, I heard. Now if this is true then it is a matter of introspection for all of us that where journalism in headed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Vinod Mehta is a clown. His views do not matter.

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