After the enormous amount of tripe in the papers and blogosphere, the best thing I saw about the reservation brouhaha comes fromDilip D’Souza. Also see, How The Other Half Lives for “merit,” that thing that is supposed to be the arbiter of access to educational privileges. If you have been through the Indian educational system, with its requisite need for cram schools and extra coaching, “merit” seems like a bad joke that everyone agrees to go along with, well, only if they can pay the requisite tuition fees of course.

Reservation may or may not be the best policy to achieve social justice, but the debate around it is striking for its degraded tone.