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Saturday, July 03, 2004

Reservation: Reloaded

Times Of India Article

For more than half a century, India has maintained quotas for socially disadvantaged classes in government jobs, political bodies and educational institutions. Supporters say they are merely trying to make the system fairer but in my opinion, this initiative is yet another example of how interest-group politics is subverting the goals of a vast experiment in social engineering that already bestows preferential treatment on roughly half of India's billion-plus people.

The country's 1950 constitution, written three years after independence from Britain, established quotas for members of indigenous tribes and so-called untouchables, or dalits, because they do not even register in the caste hierarchy and consequently have suffered the greatest discrimination. India has come a long way since then and if there is a dispute, it is all about the pace, not about the progress. We have been having reservations from almost 60 years now and if the politicians believe it is still not making a difference it is time that one starts examining the premise of the model. But the irony of the situation is that Dr. Singh is distressed by the low representation of minorities, particularly Muslims...in the public and private sector and is giving serious thoughts about providing quotas in education and employment to them.

The quota system, in reality, has become a huge political enterprise- increasingly literally so, for the new bargain is for reservations in political power, as the Dr. Singh's proposal shows. Every political party is responsible for this crime on quality and merit. Reservation has become a political mindset. The victim is India: a nation is only as good as the people who manage it. Reservation ensures that India won't be managed by the best alone.
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12 Comments:

Blogger Me said...

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4:57 PM  
Blogger Schrodinger said...

Reservations were meant to root out caste inequalities, and its sad that the only way they could figure to remove distinctions was by making columns for caste in each and every public form.
I am sure every minority group would have forgotten about their minority status if it wasnt for these forms to serve as constant reminders.

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have put up your bloglink on my roll. :) Though I'd let you know.

Cheers,
Sarika

8:05 AM  
Blogger Amit Goel said...

somethings (quotas and politicians)won't change in India..Remember the saying about Dog's tail

9:47 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Hye
Sarika, Amit ... Thankz
Schrodinger, Dead Right.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Pal said...

"I am sure every minority group would have forgotten about their minority status if it wasnt for these forms to serve as constant reminders." .... Schrodinger

- I am completely agree with Schrodinger. It also creates/maintains the social differences among us. As another side-effect of it, one really eligible person from minority group doesnt get the respect that he deserves, cause we think he just utilized those "extra advantages".

3:22 AM  
Blogger Amitava Mudi said...

We should provide them the environment to grow. Free education or financial help is acceptable. But reserving seats at the cost of other eligible candidates can't be tolerated. Why should the caste and community be considered instead of economic status?

A doctor gets into a medical college through the reservation window and later manages to get a job in a village hospital. When he becomes a killer who will take the responsibility? Why should the government give them the license/rights to kill?

4:55 AM  
Blogger Me said...

Hye,
If people keep agreeing with me, then I would have nothing else to say.. but
Thanks Pal,
Thanks Mudi....

7:01 AM  
Blogger Nandz said...

[...]
a nation is only as good as the people who manage it.
[...]

And our nation happens to be a democracy. We choose the people who manage it. The people we elect represent us. We are at fault for electing such criminals and/or morons.

Nandz.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dilemma reg. reservations.

X is eligible for reservation through some quota. But he is doesnt want it - either he's above all it or he dislike the system. So he goes through the open quota. This way, one seat in the open category goes is lost to someone who was eligible for reservation. And one seat in the reservation category goes to someone with lower merit.

What say?

Salil
http://donquixort.blogspot.com

11:07 AM  
Blogger Sumedha said...

Hey i feel the same:-) Also, I vehemently oppose reservation for women as the only ones who will benefit are the maas, patnis, behans, betis, buas and chachis of politicians.
Women can make it on their own :-)

1:29 AM  
Blogger Sumedha said...

Hey i feel the same:-) Also, I vehemently oppose reservation for women as the only ones who will benefit are the maas, patnis, behans, betis, buas and chachis of politicians.
Women can make it on their own :-)

1:30 AM  

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