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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

This Is Not A Joke

It is serious. Students from Pakistan occupied Kashmir want reservations in India's educational institutions.

The first reaction is obviously one of incredulity. But listen to their reasoning -

"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."
"India should either accept us as Indians or give up claim on the territory."

Very true! What do you say to that? The official stand of the Indian government, reinforced by a parliamentary resolution in the early 90s, is that PoK is Indian territory occupied by Pakistan. residents of PoK then, would obviously be Indians. How can you deny them reservations?