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Rajasthan’s Gujjar quota faces a legal challenge

first_imgThe Congress government’s move to give 5% reservation to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities in jobs and education in Rajasthan, citing them as being an “extremely backward class”, has run into rough weather. A public interest litigation petition filed in the High Court here, challenges the quota Bill on grounds of an “untenable basis” of proportionality of population.Activists Arvind Sharma and Badal Verma contend in their writ petition that the Bill — passed in the Assembly’s Budget session during the Gujjar agitation — had not only breached the 50% ceiling on reservation but had also cited the proportion of Gujjars’ population as per the last Census instead of referring to the quantifiable data of backwardness in education and public employment.The Assembly had unanimously passed the Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Amendment Bill, 2019, on February 13.The four other nomadic communities, which have been accorded the quota benefit along with the Gujjars, are Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya.While a Cabinet sub-committee has assured Gujjars that the State will strongly defend the Bill in accordance with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s written assurance,The writ petition is likely to come up for preliminary hearing in the Rajasthan High Court’s Jaipur Bench next week.Petitioners’ counsel Abhinav Sharma said while the State government had contended that the reservation was aimed at addressing the pressing need to uplift certain communities, the “actual compelling circumstance” was the Gujjar agitation, which had held the entire State to ransom. Gujjars had blocked traffic on the Delhi-Mumbai railway tracks and on several highways for nine days to press for their demands.Tourism minister Vishvendra Singh, a member of the Cabinet sub-committee appointed to address the quota issue who met representatives of the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, said after the meeting that the government would press its defence strongly in the High Court. “When the 10% reservation for the poor in general category can be enforced, how will the 5% quota not pass the hurdle,” he asked.Before the notification for enforcing the new quota Bill was issued, Gujjars were eligible for 1% reservation in the “most backward” category, in addition to the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota, within the 50% ceiling laid down by the Supreme Court in the Indra Sawhney judgment. Previous State governments had tried thrice to provide 5% reservation to the Gujjars and the four other nomadic communities, who were earlier grouped as a Special Backward Class.The legislation, however, had been struck down in every one of the past three attempts by the Rajasthan High Court, which had ruled that the quota not only exceeded the 50% limit, but was also not supported by quantifiable data to prove backwardness.last_img read more

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Bradley Beal, Wizards silence Thunder

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We turned the ball over too much, at least I did,” Westbrook said. “That’s the story of the game.”Paul George scored 20 points and Jerami Grant added 17 for the Thunder, who had won their previous three games.The Wizards led 54-50 at halftime, but the Thunder quickly took a 55-54 lead in the third quarter on a layup by Grant.Washington regained control. Porter’s 3-pointer capped a 15-2 run that put the Wizards up 80-69 with just under 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards led 90-79 at the end of the period.Sam Dekker’s emphatic reverse dunk put the Wizards up 96-81 with about 10 minutes to play. A 3-pointer by Green pushed Washington’s lead to 20.The Thunder don’t plan to dwell on the loss.“I know we had right intentions and that’s all that matters,” Westbrook said. “We’ve got a positive locker room and I’m optimistic about what the future holds for this team, so it’s all good.”TIP-INSWizards: Brooks was cheered during pregame introductions. He coached the Thunder from 2008-15 and led them to the NBA Finals in 2012. … The Wizards outrebounded the Thunder 55-41. … George had scored 37 points in each of his previous two games, but he shot 7 for 18 on Sunday night. … Beal took 27 shots to get his 25 points. … F Trevor Ariza made just 1 of 9 shots.Thunder: Reserve G Alex Abrines missed his fourth straight game due to personal reasons. … Westbrook had eight turnovers. … C Steven Adams scored 10 points in the first quarter and two the rest of the game. Porter had been playing sparingly since coming back from a right knee contusion. He came off the bench and made 7 of 17 shots and 4 of 6 3-pointers.“I am still trying to get the rust off,” he said. “Coming off the bench allows me to add scoring coming off the bench. I’m doing whatever I can.”Porter started every game he played the previous two seasons, but Brooks is considering keeping him in a reserve role.“Otto just wants to play and play well and play the right way,” Brooks said. “If we keep him there for a while, who knows. But we have been playing some good basketball. I know we haven’t won every game, but we’ve been playing hard, and we have to keep doing it. But he has a nice rhythm coming off the bench the last few games.”Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for his 12th triple-double of the season and the 116th of his career. But he also had eight turnovers. Washington had nine as a team.ADVERTISEMENT STAT LINESThe Thunder were outscored by 32 points during backup point guard Dennis Schroder’s 17 minutes. He scored nine points on 3-for-10 shooting.HE SAID ITWestbrook on the off night for the team: “Eighty-two games. You think you’re going to play good every night, you’ve got another thing coming.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.Thunder: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Washington won 116-98, beating the Thunder franchise on the road for the first time since it was still based in Seattle.The Thunder started the day with the second-best record in the Western Conference while Washington was nine games under .500 and still adjusting to losing star guard John Wall for the season. Those factors made the win sweeter for Brooks, the former Thunder coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It has to be up there, there’s no question,” he said. “We battled. We played against one of the best teams in basketball. They’ve got a lot of talent. They’ve got three All-Stars on the floor and I think we battled them and did a lot of things well.”Otto Porter had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jeff Green scored 16 points and Tomas Satoransky added 15 for the Wizards, who had been 0-9 against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, where they moved in 2008. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Asian Cup: Jordan stuns defending champ Australiacenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Washington coach Scott Brooks thinks his team delivered one of its best performances of the season on Sunday night.That’s what it took for the Wizards to finally win in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

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‘Morality in politics was buried with Mahatma Gandhi’

first_imgDefective StrategiesThe performance of the Ramakrishna Hegde Government in Karnataka is head and shoulders above that of the Congress(I)-ruled states (Cover Story, December 15).Congressmen will be digging their own graves if they fail to read the writing on the wall: the people are with Mr Hegde. In the interest of,Defective StrategiesThe performance of the Ramakrishna Hegde Government in Karnataka is head and shoulders above that of the Congress(I)-ruled states (Cover Story, December 15).Congressmen will be digging their own graves if they fail to read the writing on the wall: the people are with Mr Hegde. In the interest of democracy, let the infant Janata Government be allowed to complete its full term. Bangalore V.S. Dileep KumarThe Congress(I) has stooped so low that even a Union minister defends defections. It is suicidal for the party to pursue the dangerous game of toppling. The people of India and Karnataka in particular will never forgive it for this. People like Veerappa Moily should be stoned to death. Madras Ganapathy SubramanyamWhy can’t the Congress(I) tolerate a few non-Congress(I) governments in the states? What does Mrs Gandhi think she is, a Mughal empress or something? Madras B. PalaniKickbacks, slush funds and all kinds of corruption have already wiped out the Congress(I) from the southern states. Before this gangrene spreads to the northern states, let the prime minister do something about it. Bangalore Jayathirtha K. PujarMrs Gandhi seems to have taken it for granted that India is her personal property and nobody dare share it. Having lost the south, she needs to dethrone one of the three Rams in those parts to regain her lost strength. Clearly, Hegde is the most vulnerable; no wonder she’s trying hard to get rid of him. What she needs very badly, however, is a Karnataka-based Bhajan Lal. If there’s one, will he please contact the lady? Ahmedabad Ketan YagnikadvertisementWhy is Mrs Gandhi wasting time trying to topple the Hegde Government which seems to be performing quite well? If the Congress(I) is so determined to topple non-Congress(I) governments, let them choose badly run states. Like West Bengal, for example, where people are disillusioned by the misrule of the Marxists. Calcutta Prahlad GhoshThe cartoon that appeared with the cover story said more than what the seven-page article itself could communicate. Bombay Quaid Z. NajmiMorality in politics was buried with Mahatma Gandhi. With power-hungry Congress(I) men breathing down his neck, it’s hard to tell how long Hegde will last. Though he has survived the defection game, his ministry is under dialysis. Bangalore Ramanand SharmaYour cartoon was the best of the lot that have appeared so far in the Indian press on the “tape tamasha” of the Congress(I). Bombay Surendra KanstiyaA Fresh LookYour report on Queen Elizabeth’s visit to India came like a breath of fresh air (December 15). It was dismaying to see the entire Indian press going berserk about it. The foreign queen is Queen only in name and not in essence. The local queen is Queen in essence, but not in name. The English have a true democracy and an ornamental monarch on top – as an excuse. Here, we have a monarchy and an ornamental democracy on top. Both are descendants of kings and are busy grooming their kids for kinghood. There they are doing it in a noble and open way. Here, the means adopted are crooked and hidden. It is this contrast which should be the plus point from the royal visit – a chance for us to juxtapose. Baroda Jay PradeepThe Other SideIt was judicious on your part to have invited Mushahid Hussain, a Pakistani journalist, to present an analysis of relations between India and Pakistan (Guest Column, December 15). Even as a democracy, India is presently an acute victim of fragmentation and seething violence.Our preaching restoration of democracy in Pakistan will only sound hollow. When both countries have already burnt good many calories to get closer, it will be highly immature on our part to put Indo-Pak relations once again in jeopardy. Sagar, Madhya Pradesh Sachin SaxenaThe guest column presented an ill-informed and short-sighted Pakistani viewpoint. Where is General Zia’s extended hand of friendship? He wants to stock arms on the one hand and talk about a no-war pact on the other. The escalation of arms acquisition by Pakistan is mainly responsible for Mrs Gandhi’s clenched fist and she is right. Delhi Sanjay BhatnagarWhat really takes the cake in your guest columnist’s article is “our muted public mention of the Kashmir dispute”! My, my! The Pakistanis had better take care their halo doesn’t strangle them one of these days. May I remind Hussain that Pakistan has already attacked India four times in an effort to grab Kashmir, and their “muted public mention” is only because they have no alternative?advertisement I’d love to have seen their attitude if they had been our strength and size. Hussain and company can drop their holier-than-thou attitude; they’re not dealing with Mahatma Gandhi anymore and the rest of us aren’t impressed.Let them do their worst. Sure, the Pakistanis want peace with India, a piece of Kashmir, a piece of Punjab, a piece of this, a piece of that. And to think we thought the British were our enemies not so very long ago! New Delhi KavitaCricket Anyone?Cricket is the only sport in which the players have been given the right to shout “How’s that?” while the game is on. Why is it so? With the number of “no balls and wides” being bowled these days, it is no wonder that an umpire makes genuine mistakes (December 15).The problem can be solved by replacing umpires with robots fully computerised to take split-second decisions and flash them on the scoreboards. Also, the practice of players questioning the umpire’s decisions on the field should be dispensed with. Pune M.N. BhideClive Lloyd’s scathing attack on umpires Hanumanta Rao and Ramaswami is astonishing. If he is not satisfied with the umpiring quality of a particular person, he can surely recommend to the cricket control board to appoint another umpire of his choice? To degrade our umpires in such a manner is unfortunate. Jaipur V. Bala KrishnanIt will be shocking for Gavaskar’s admirers and to Indian cricket if he calls it a day so soon (Cover Story, November 30). It will be every Indian’s proud moment when Gavaskar scores his 30th century. Hang not your bat till then, Sunny boy! Palghat Kuppathil NatarajanJust when one thought that the last word has already been written on Sunil Gavaskar’s achievements, came your cover story on him, which was refreshingly informative. The ‘slip’, however, showed when the story referred to the senior Rohan (Kanhai) as a left-handed batsman. Madras A.C. SekarThe slip was ours: Kanhai is right-handed. – EditorThe interview with Gavaskar proved that, as a person, he is as good as the runs he scores. Ahmedabad Shyam SharmaYour cover story on Gavaskar was a little premature. You should have waited till he actually got his 30th hundred. Versova Jalaluddin FaizabadiThe cover story reiterates one thing: Indian cricket is still Sunil Gavaskar! Bombay Parag KamaniThe view that Gavaskar is the world’s best batsman is farfetched. He is the best opening batsman, yes, but Viv Richards and Greg Chappell are no less great. New Delhi Smita NarangGavaskar equalling Don Bradman’s record is certainly commendable, but it was not really cover worthy. Pune G. JayateerthaGavaskar’s achievement made me a proud Indian in this lonely land. He should continue to play cricket and become the world’s first man to aggregate 10,000 runs in Test matches. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Gregory SaldanhaWhy the hell should he quit cricket at this stage? He’s still got a good deal of cricket left in him and we all want to watch him play for at least another couple of years. Bombay Crishna S. KumaradvertisementHaving equalled Sir Don’s tally of 29 centuries and surpassed Boycott’s run aggregate, Gavaskar is now verily on top of the world. It is often said, “If Gavaskar scores, India scores; if he fails, India fails.” This has been proved to be true often. Madras Premalata KrishnamoorthyWho knows how the additional inches, which Gavaskar yearns for, would have affected the little master’s brilliant career? After all, isn’t it said of Cleopatra that, had her nose been slightly shorter, it would have changed the whole course of history? Jamshedpur Sunita VermaProfessional AdviceYour editorial comment on politicians playing havoc with people’s religious beliefs, (November 30), could not have been closer to the truth. The root cause of this problem is the absence of qualified and educated professionals in politics. The young professionals have been preferring white collar jobs to meddling in the dirty pool of politics.The result is that the pool has become dirtier. The present Lok Sabha has fewer qualified men than the first one. The debates in Parliament and the state legislatures have become lifeless. The performance of the governments at the Centre as well as in the states has been deteriorating gradually. Only those people who are not qualified enough to get white collar jobs are entering politics and eventually ending up as rulers of this country. The time has come to fix minimum educational qualifications for people contesting elections. Madras Sdn Ldr A.N. AzmiHealing The PhysiciansI hope the report of the Indian Council of Medical Research on the abuse of antibiotics will wake up the people who are responsible for it. Otherwise, like malaria, we will soon have raging epidemics of antibiotic-resistant pneumonias, diarrhoeas, typhoid and so on. Ludhiana Dr Deepak RastogiHeat And LustYour review of the film Heat and Dust (November 30) is prejudiced and immature. I am a resident alien living in Canada for the past 12 years. What James Ivory has done in this movie is a very honest depiction of our culture and feelings. From my personal experience, I will definitely confess to an inhuman lust for the white woman – any number of Indians living in the West will confirm this. It is normal, natural. Why is it that our quasi-intellectuals are unable to accept pure lust without shame? What’s wrong with lust? Lust plays a minor part in this film, as compared to other Western movies. Why are the critics so worked up about it? Is it because they are deprived of the same kind of sensuality in their writings or films? New Delhi Jay Bajajlast_img read more