Few issues rocked the country this year like the United Progressive Alliance government's announcement of plans to provide reservation to backward classes in institutions of higher learning.
There were angry, widespread protests, especially from the student community who feel the move will kill merit. Some, however, said the protests were 'media managed.'
In this yearend special, we present both sides of the story, narrated by the one entity whose future is at stake: Young India.
What are your thoughts on the reservation issue? Tell us!
Image: Left: Medical students at an anti-reservation rally in Kolkata.
Right: A pro-reservation demonstration in New Delhi.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images and Dijeshwar Singh/Saab Pictures
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