So little time… so little to do

May 20, 2006

Sorry, these seats are reserved !

Filed under: arbit — Priyam @ 9:32 am

It's been a few days when the media headlines are either the unexpected downward motion of the not-long-before raging Indian stock bull or the protest against the proposed bill to increase the reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC). For those not sure what the latter means I will try to put my version of history in short.

India was always a spiritual land and remains widely so even today. And in any place where religion guides most of the daily life, you are bound to have a select few who try to bend the rules to serve their needs…. and in the mostly Hindu ancient India, it was the upper classes. Hinduism, across centuries, have been divided into strata of classes where the lower castes where sometimes not even allowed what we take as our rights. Not surprisingly education was a far-flung thought of these lower classes. With modernisation things have certainly changed, but things have still remained the same. One still hears reports of clashes between castes and classes and deprivation of the derpived. Some fifty years back a commission was setup to undo these wrong doings by way of providing reservation for the deprived classes, not necessarily Hindus, in the fields of education and government jobs. This was done with the sole aim of providing chances to the people so that their next generation does not remain a deprived lot.

Now we come to the present – the review of the effects of the reservations done some 50 years ago. An effective scheme then would have resulted in doing away with the need for reservations. But sadly, it has been the other way round. The truly down-trodden still remain so, but largely due to their economic backwardness and not social class. The reservations being done on the basis the latter have still not allowed these people to move up the economic ladder. And now the government plans to increase the reservations to as much as 49.5%, even if the fields of higher education…. in institutes like IITs, IIMs and medicine. What effect that will have on the quality of education, I refuse to comment upon, but the statistics presented in various newspapers show that these institutes of pride find it difficult even to fill up the present 22% without having to compromise too much on the quality if the students who get in.

Students across the nation have protested against the government's decision to impose further reservations. What has till now been mainly Doctors on protest marches and hunger strike, is now being endorsed by engineers too. IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay have launched their assault on the reservation policy. IIT Bombay started off yesterday with a peaceful human chain formation just outside the institute's gates with banners and posters calling the givernment to rise up to political decision beyond vote banks. Not surprisingly a large part of the Indian population are made up of backward classes and it requires no genius to realise why the government is bent on imposition further reservations and why no "opposition" parties are rising up to their name. So till now it has been a war of merit versus politics. All this, while India is rising up the ladder as one of the nations which contribute a lot to the technical and managerial strength of numerous multi-national companies. Worth a thought, eh ? Worth a fight.

Think of a BRIGHTER India, not a DIVIDED India.


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  1. Liked your blog.Here is mine “No! Let’s join the self-proclaimed snobs protesting with slogans “Remember your place”, polishing shoes and cleaning premises? Let’s pretend not to see it at all! Damn Reservations!”

    Comment by Shanu — June 15, 2006 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

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