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Quotas for Comfort
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Women in India more than in many other countries have had a very raw deal. They are bullied at home, discriminated against at work, insulted in the streets, and ignored by society. Now all their problems will be solved. They will soon get a thirty-three one third percent quota reserved for them in parliament. This wonderful quick-fix formula to solve their problems is bound to work because it has been tried before with great success. We have to thank our politicians for having discovered this miraculous formula to eradicate problems.

Dalits for centuries were discriminated against, kept in abject poverty, and considered untouchable by caste Hindus. They were given a reservation quota and now all their problems have been solved. Discrimination against Dalits has disappeared. The rural poor were left behind by the urban affluent and kept educationally, socially and economically backward. All their problems have been solved too. These rural poor belong to some castes which have been historically backward. These castes were also given reservation quotas and everything became all right. Rural backwardness has disappeared.

There are many other burning national problems waiting to be solved. I suggest we use this magical formula to solve them. Adult illiteracy in India is one of the highest in the world. Illiterates suffer because they are denied skilled jobs. Why not give illiterates a quota for skilled jobs? That will help them to become skilled workers. Thereby illiteracy will cease to become a problem.

Demanding bribes in India is so widespread as to make our nation one of the most corrupt in the world. The ordinary citizens are made to suffer. I suggest we create a quota for non-bribing citizens. This will give great relief to honest citizens and reduce corruption. It is possible that honest citizens may not succeed in finding officials who will not accept bribes. Nevertheless they will feel compensated because they will have a quota.

We have problems of having too few hospital beds, too few cities to accommodate our galloping population, and too few airline berths for passengers – to name just a few. All these could be solved by granting quotas for hospital beds, for new cities and for more airlines. There are many, many other problems troubling society. Do not fret about them. We can solve them all. We can provide quotas for comfort.

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