Editor’s note The

Editor’s note: The following is the first part of a series relating to reservations across the country ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly election. Here is a fictional example of Lallu and Mohan which the Mandal Commission in the report it submitted in 1980 reeled off to say why Other Backward Classes (OBCs) must have reservations: Lallu is a poor village boy who comes from an illiterate family belonging to a backward class He studies at the village school where standards are pathetic On the other hand Mohan belongs to an educated well-off family Studying at a city public school Mohan gets help at home and can use television radio and the magazines to acquire knowledge Although both boys possess the same level of intelligence Lallu can never compete with Mohan in any open competition because of the environmental disadvantages he suffers So boys like Lallu must have reservations Mandal was neither the first nor the last to bandy about examples like these to argue in favour of reservations and debunk those who say merit should be the sole criterion in jobs and academic admissions And Gujarat’s quota warrior Hardik Patel would like us to believe that his land-owning Patidar community is packed with helpless boys like Lallus and that reservations must protect them against usurpers like Mohans It is hardly of any concern to Hardik that extending reservations to Patidars means crossing the 50 percent ceiling recommended by Supreme Court for caste quotas (total for Scheduled Castes/Tribes and OBCs) File image of a Hardik Patel rally Firstpost/Sandipan Sharma And it’s also hardly of any bother to the Congress that has promised reservations for Hardik’s caste in return for backing from his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (Paas) in this month’s Assembly election in Gujarat Desperate to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in his home state Congress has apparently told Patel that if it won Gujarat it would ensure reservations for Patidars in a way it wouldn’t fall afoul of Supreme Court Past verdicts of the Supreme Court as well as various high courts however make it evident that the Congress is fooling Hardik Or possibly Hardik too naive to understand the legal hassles of raising reservation levels is fooling himself Or he is fooling his community Even as Congress leaders and Hardik live in a fool’s paradise beating tambourines and singing paeans to each other their so-called deal is getting the adrenaline of backward class reservations going in other states The latest state to join the mad race for placating OBCs is Andhra Pradesh where Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday extended five percent reservations to the Kapu community taking the total of caste quotas in his state to 55 per cent which is above the SC ceiling In recent weeks reservation fever gripped the Karnataka and Telangana chief ministers as well And the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra Rajasthan and Haryana too have reasons to watch keenly what’s going on between the Congress and Hardik In all these states the governments want to expand reservations beyond the SC’s top limit and get away with it They think that if Gujarat can swing it somehow they can too The farcical nature of the Gujarat deal is not stopping other chief ministers from dreaming their own pipe dreams Gamble by Naidu KCR and Siddaramaiah In Andhra Pradesh where elections to the Assembly are slated for 2019 Naidu’s Telugu Desam government will send the new bill to extend reservations for Kapus to the state governor who in turn will send it to the Centre Then you could depend on Naidu — an ally of the BJP — to begin putting pressure on the Centre to place the new law in the Constitution’s Ninth Schedule to save it from the wrath if any of the Supreme Court Laws in the Ninth Schedule are supposedly beyond judicial review And with elections to the Karnataka Assembly only five months away Siddaramaiah sayshe too will raise the total reservations to 70 percent so that more sub-castes of SCs STs and OBCs could benefit Having first spoken about it last year he now repeats it with new vigour And in Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants to hike reservationsfrom 50 percent to 60 percent to help SCs STs and backward Muslims Siddaramaiah and Rao too can do with the legal immunity that they believe the Ninth Schedule immunity will offer to their respective moves Mahrashtra’s move to give 16 percent reservation for Marathas in 2014 and Haryana’s law to give Jats (and five other castes) a 10-percent quota in 2016 were stayed by their high courts and the issue in both states is before their respective backward classes commissions Attempts by Rajasthan to extend reservations to Gujjars failed thrice — the latest being only last month when the Supreme Court ruled that total reservations must not cross 50 per cent If these three states have their own way the reservations will have gone up to 73 percent in Maharashtra (along with five percent for some Muslim sub-castes) 67 percent in Haryana and 54 percent in Rajasthan Why the Gujarat deal is a chimera While legal luminary and Congress leader Kapil Sibal who brokered the deal with Hardik did not disclose its details the 24-year-old Patidar leader claimed that it would be carried out under Articles 31B and 46 of the Constitution Taking recourse to Article 31B means passing a law to raise reservation level to include Patidars and then parking that legislation in the Constitution’s Ninth Schedule where it is presumed to be safe from judicial hurdles In theory this can happen but there are three big Ifs: It can only happen 1) if the Congress wins Gujarat elections to pass a bill that will bless Patidars with reservations; 2) if the Modi government then agrees to keep that law in the Ninth Schedule and 3) if the Supreme Court agrees that such a law in Ninth Schedule is really beyond a judicial review A tall order indeed And using Article 46 which is part of the directive principles of the Constitution is no less risky legally Court verdicts in the past frowned on the misuse of this article to extend reservations (more on this in the second part of the series) Whichever constitutional provision is used the total percentage of reservation is bound to cross the SC’s upper limit That’s because states are bent upon expanding the quota levels instead of letting new communities share the existing concessions and ruffle those already enjoying the benefits? it stands to reason that the NDA government would have ensured the bill is passed. Concerned relatives used the hashtag #MissinginManchester to locate loved ones.Train services to and from Manchester Victoria Station — located under the Arena —were cancelled "Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day" National Rail said in a statement London: Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley hailed his giantkillers for bringing the "magic" back to the FA Cup on Saturday but 24 hours later Tottenham and Manchester United restored order to the competition It appeared Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and United boss Jose Mourinho had learnt lessons from Lincoln’s shock 1-0 victory over Premier League Burnley and champions Leicester’s similar loss to 10-man Millwall of the third tier But Pochettino was keen to end a tough week with a win following defeats to Liverpool and Belgian side Gent in the Europa League so he fielded almost a full strength side and was rewarded by a Harry Kane hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Fulham Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates Reuters Spurs will host Millwall in the quarter-finals but will be wary of the 2004 FA Cup finalists who have claimed three Premier League scalps this season already Mourinho whose side beat St Etienne 3-0 in their Europa League clash last Thursday made several changes to his line-up Unlike Leicester counterpart Claudio Ranieri who made 10 it didn’t backfire as United came from 1-0 down to beat Blackburn 2-1 although Mourinho had to call on veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come off the bench to seal victory "You need to make as few mistakes as possible every game in the FA Cup is like a final there are so many results not going to the favourites We respect everyone" said Ibrahimovic Mourinho who will relish the chance to put one over his former employers when United travel to Chelsea for the quarter-finals said he was fortunate his players had shown the right attitude otherwise they might also be out "Their approach was brave strong They had real competitors and if we didn’t have the right attitude from everybody we would be in real trouble" said Mourinho ‘Galvanised our football club’ United’s neighbours Manchester City face a troublesome replay — and an unwanted extra fixture as they battle to claw back the eight-point deficit to league leaders Chelsea — after a goalless draw with Huddersfield of the Championship The winners will travel to Middlesbrough Lincoln’s fellow non-league side Sutton will be hoping to round off a weekend of shocks on Monday against an Arsenal side still reeling from the 5-1 reverse they suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League Lincoln — who had already beaten Ipswich and Brighton from the Championship — are the first non-league club since Queen’s Park Rangers in 1914 to reach the quarter finals Many Premier League and Championship sides now field weakened teams in domestic cup competitions leading to accusations of disrespecting the world’s oldest senior football knockout tournament "I think maybe we’ve brought some of the magic back" said Cowley whose team face a trip to either Sutton or Arsenal in the last eight "It is a brilliant cup competition Whoever says the FA Cup is dead hasn’t lived in Lincoln for the last six to eight weeks And it has galvanised our football club" Leicester boss Ranieri FIFA’s coach of the year for his Premier League upset last year was angry and frustrated after seeing his relegation-threatened side collapse again "I want to speak again with the players and say we have to fight every match" said the Italian "’Who wants to fight Tell me’ I need the soldiers I need the gladiators because Millwall with 10 players showed they are fantastic gladiators" Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is happy to shatter scoring records but believes that winning silverware with the London club would represent a more significant achievement than any personal landmark Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer’s Premier League record for goals in a calendar year AP The England international scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Southampton to eclipse Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year taking his tally to 39 for 2017 Kane also became Europe’s most lethal marksman of the year as he took his total in all competitions in the calendar year for club and country to 56 lifting him ahead of Lionel Messi who hit 54 for Barcelona and Argentina in the past 12 months Asked if team honours meant more than personal glory Kane said: “Yeah for sure 100 percent I’ve always said team trophies are what I want to achieve” Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League 21 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City They face Italian side Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League in February and host Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round next month ”We’ve got a good chance to win the FA Cup In the Champions League we’ve shown we can beat the best and we’ve got to see how far we can go in that “Obviously in the Premier League we’re in a fight for the top four and we’ve got to see how high we can get There’s a lot to play for and for me it’s about winning trophies” Tottenham face bottom side Swansea City in the league on 2 January Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders come back to familiar home conditions but will be wary of Kings XI Punjab which is showing signs of improvement under a newly-appointed skipper when the two teams clash in an IPL match in Kolkata on Wednesday Out on road for about three weeks the two-time former champions KKR have played six of their seven away matches on the trot winning four of them They are returning to Eden Gardens after a morale-boosting five-wicket win in Bangalore engineered by Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell’s power hitting They were staring at a third successive away loss with 81 needed from six overs but Russell flexed his muscles with a 24-ball 39 There’s no way KXIP can go down as Vijay’s task is cutout BCCI A vintage Pathan also came to the party smashing bowlers into smithereens in his 29-ball 60 not out Their partnership came when the team needed it the most as their 96 from 44 balls sealed the win The win had seemed far-fetched after their trusted duo of Sunil Narine and Umesh Yadav leaked 101 runs from their quota of eight overs The speedster was wayward at the death Yadav lost the plot completely in that 18th over and ended up nervous for the rest of the spell as his last two overs cost 41 runs But despite their domination Bangalore had to succumb to Russell-Pathan’s heroics But despite their spectacular run they cannot afford to sit back as they run into a side who’re finally looking up fresh from their 23-run win against table toppers Gujarat Lions Having showed some urgency midway into the season the team handed the captaincy to Murali Vijay relieving David Miller of the extra burden something that brought in some fresh air into the camp after they had lost five of their six matches this season Fresh from his hat-trick effort Axar Patel will look to contain the likes of Russell and Pathan on a surface that traditionally aids the spinners Defending a modest 156 KXIP reduced Lions to 57/6 with Patel (4/21) claiming four wickets in five balls including the first hat-trick of the season to pave the way for a 23-run win against table-toppers Gujarat Lions in Rajkot Their bowlers might have let them down on previous occasions but the new skipper Vijay backed them and kept on rotating them to unsettle the Lions rhythm By the end of Powerplay Vijay had used five bowlers "You cannot just try to go and do something out of the box We need to manipulate what resources we have and get the best performance with them rather than telling we can all go and bowl four overs and get two wickets (each)" Vijay said at after their win There’s no way KXIP can go down as Vijay’s task is cutout They have to win their remaining matches to stay in the hunt With their Aussie batsman Shaun Marsh ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury Vijay will have to rethink his strategy The lefthander’s top score was against KKR — 56 not out in 41 balls — in a the first leg match they lost by six wickets Marsh had totalled 159 runs in the six matches he played at 3180 with a strike rate of 11865 as he will be sorely missed by its franchise South African Farhaan Behardien may get a look in place of Marsh but the bigger problem for Vijay would be to address the team’s batting form especially that of Glenn Maxwell who just has a halfcentury from seven matches and scored a duck against the Lions Be it their top order in Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa or their middle order KKR’s batting has been their key to success this season and it will be a big challenge for KXIP’s limited resources "The good thing for us is that now everyone is clicking In the coming matches this will give us great confidence We are professional cricketers and we know that when we play in Kolkata our openers might play 15 overs and we might not get a chance to bat at all but in the knockouts if we qualify our services might be needed again So yes we are a confident unit now and ready to face any situation" Pathan said last night Teams (from) Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain) Robin Uthappa Manish Pandey Suryakumar Yadav Chris Lynn Andre Russell Yusuf Pathan Sunil Narine Umesh Yadav Piyush Chawla Morne Morkel Jason Holder Shakib Al Hasan Brad Hogg Sheldon Jackson Kuldeep Yadav Manan Sharma Colin Munro Ankit Rajpoot Rajagopal Sathish Jaydev Unadkat and John Hastings Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay (captain) Marcus Stoinis Glenn Maxwell Gurkeerat Singh David Miller Wriddhiman Saha Axar Patel Mohit Sharma KC Cariappa Sandeep Sharma Anureet Singh Armaan Jaffer Kyle Abbott Farhaan Behardien Rishi Dhawan Mitchell Johnson Nikhil Naik Pradeep Sahu Swapnil Singh Shradul Thakur and Manan Vohra Match starts: 8pm IST Nagpur: A 115-runs third wicket partnership between George Bartlett and Delray Rawlins helped England escape with a draw on the final day of the second Junior Test match against India on Friday at the VCA Jamtha stadium England finished with a score of 255 in their second innings off 82 overs File picture of George Barlett Getty India was not able to bat as the match time was over The home team had taken 13 runs first innings lead Earlier overnight England batsman Daniel Houghton (0) retired hurt this morning Bartlett in company of Rawlins ensured that the visitors were in a safe zone of avoiding defeat Bartlett scored 76 runs (6×4 3×6) while Rawlins scored 49 (5×4 1×6) Later Aaron Broad 34 not out and Will Jacks 19 shared a 50 runs seventh wicket stand depriving the home side any chance of a possible win Indian spinner Harsh Tyagi 4/67 was the pick of the home team attack with some clever variations but failed to get much needed support from other bowlers as the visitors batted well on the final day Brief Scores: England first innings: 375 all out India first innings: 388 all out England second innings: 255 for 9 off 82 overs One batsman retired hurt I don’t have words, His level of enthusiasm and passion is tremendous.

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