An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Reservations for POK Kids in IITs/IIMs??

Now it is the turn of the POK kids to seek reservations in IIMs and IITs.. and somewhere the news byte says that the effort to open up higher learning institutes for POK folks has Indian Government approval – wonder if that means even looking at this reservation issue too??

And since we are at it anyways.. .shall we reserve some percent seats for the rest of the Pakistanis too.. some for Africans who have endured slavery and tribal wars… Blacks of the US.. Aboriginies of New Zealand and Australia….

Dil Jala hai to Zaalim;
Zara Ghar bhi Jala kar Dikha.
Duniya ko kuchh to pata chale;
Ke Kahin Aag Lagi hai!!

(If your heart is burning;
then you might as well torch your house too
Let the world know clearly
that embers are hot and burning somewhere!!)

Students of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have demanded reservation for them in India’s elite educational institutions.

“We want quotas in the Indian Institute of Management, the Indian Institute of Technology and law colleges of India. India should not ignore us,” said Shafquat Ali Inqlabi, a resident of Gilgit, told rediff.com.

Inqlabi and other 18 others are visiting India to participate in a conference organised by the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management to discuss ‘Alternative Futures’ for Jammu and Kashmir on May 19-20.

Inqlabi says, “Indian maps always show Gilgit and Baltistan as part of India. The Constitution of India mentions that we are part of India. In your eyes, we are Indians and Pakistan has ‘occupied’ Indian territory. Then, why should we not get admissions in the IIMs and the IITs?” he says, adding, “I am an engineer, but now, I want to study law in the best of Indian law colleges. Help me get admission.”

One of the demands made in a resolution unanimously passed by the conference — which had the tacit support of Indian government — says, ‘The Government of India should provide openings in higher, professional and technical educational institutions to deserving students from Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, who are denied necessary facilities for such education.’

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