Thursday, April 20, 2006

Reserve those for me

No points for guessing what this article is about. V P Singh in the early 90s and Arjun Singh in 2006, villains extarordinaire. Now that I've got the initial frustrations out in a civilised manner, lets look into this whole nasty business on reservations.

Most of the pro-reservations activists have only to say that reservation is a must because for 2000 years, brahmins ruled the roost and the OBCs were left in the lurch ever since, simply because ancient Hindustan was a caste based society. That's correct, but how would getting into an IIT or an IIM help correct the mistakes of the past really baffles me. If there is some magical way, I wish we could erase a few other mistakes, like the Kashmir problem, the second world war, the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, etc. Another point which was raised by a shameless man called Dr. Kancha Illaiya, a dalit activist, is that the upper castes are only better than the dalits because they know English, and he goes on to add, 'take away English from them and they (rest of the people) are zero'. In my humble opinion, if that were the base problem, why, Dr. Illaiya, don't we settle for reservations for dalits and other down-trodden communities in primary education institutions, help them master the English language, and then let's see who really comes up trumps in an entrance exam?

A lot has already been spoken about how the 'creamy layer' would be the only ones to benefit, and the poorer, econimically backward ones would continue to remain poor. Actually, there's nothing anyone can do about it if we implement what Mr.Mandal suggested. Instead, as suggested by experts, let reservations be there for those economically backward, irrespective of caste.

I'm sure those for reservations would point out that being from an upper caste, and economically well-off family, I would naturally be against reservations and hence, anyi-dalit or even racist. Let me tell you something about myself and my background. According to Outlook magazine (April 24, 2006), my community, the bunt community, come under OBC category. Ask any Shetty, and I can assure you that they'll stare back at you as if you've spoken in Latin to them. My father was the last of 7 children and had 1 shirt and a pair of shorts for a year, and this went on till he was about 10 or 11. His father was a farmer, and feeding 7 children was always a problem. My father today has a Ph.D in Biochemistry and works at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences as the head of the department of Neurochemistry. And he sure as hell did not have any seats reserved for him anywhere. Shouldn't this inspire people to try and beat the system that is trying to beat them, rather than become part it? So all this talk about not being able to make it big without reservations is nothing short of ludicrous.

Reservations in IITs and IIMs surely aren't the answers to our country's problems, most of which are pre-independence (actually, a lot before that). This would only trigger a wave of new problems, solutions for which would be impossible to find.

A few facts to ponder upon:

“Reservations were a part of the constitution when it was released in 1950. However, that was supposed to be a temporary measure and was to last for 10 years” –lawyer from Supreme Court (he’s a constitution expert)

Article 334 talks of reservations in the Houses of Parliament, and that is to be done away with 50 years from 1950. The 79th amendment of the Constitution took effect on 25/1/2000 and extended it from 50 to 60 years. How, you may ask? Simple: AMENDMENT

Article 15: Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth
(1) The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.
(2) No citizen shall, on ground only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them, be subject to any disability, liability, restriction or condition with regard to -
(a) access to shops, public restaurants, hotels and places of public entertainment; or
(b) the use of wells, tanks, bathing ghats, roads and places of public resort maintained whole or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of general public.
(3) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children.

This article had the above 3 clauses when it was released in 1950. However, soon afterwards, when lawyers looked into the Constitution, they saw a fourth. “Oh my God, where did the fourth clause come from?” Do you have any guesses as to where this fourth clause mysteriously appeared from into the Constitution? No points for guessing, AMENDMENT, in 1951, added INSPITE OF THE SUPREME COURT OUTLAWING QUOTAS IN EDUCATIONAL ADMISSIONS (in 1950).
The fourth clause reads:
(4) Nothing in this article or in clause (2) or article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

The fourth clause is in direct contradiction to the Article itself, but hey, AMENDMENT. No arguing.

SC % in India: 16.2 % of India’s population
ST % in India: 8.2% of India’s population
OBC % in India: Even Government doesn’t know!
TOTAL % of SC+ST in India: 24.4%

Literacy rate among SC and ST is 37.4%.
IT’S JUST 37.4%. The rest of them are ILLITERATE, meaning no school education; they can’t even read A, B, C.

These facts are according to Registrar General of India J K Banthia (he heads the Census) based on the census of 2001.

So we want to have 49.5% reservation for a population of 37.4% of whom a very small % (God knows how small) reach to a stage where they can apply for a master’s degree, out of which a majority who do reach the master’s stage are the WELL TO DO SC/ST buggers. Cool. The rest can rot in the hell holes like they have been doing so all along, right?

I can foresee the next AMENDMENT, clause 5 of Article 15 in the Constitution:

(5) Nothing in this article or in clause (2) or article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any religious minority.

Then the % for reservation will be increased to about 70% or 75% from the present 49.5%, in spite of the Supreme Courts ruling that reservations MUSTN'T EXCEED 50%. And you want to hear the explanation? Here goes: “The Supreme Court has said no reservations beyond 50% for SC/ST/etc, didn’t mention anything about reservations for religious minorities.”

That’s all those crackheads do; they’ll conveniently AMEND the Constitution. “I want to fuck Aishwarya Rai, let’s AMEND the Constitution.” “I want to hump Bipasha Basu; let’s AMEND the Constitution.” That’s all they’re doing, and at the rate at which they're going, sadly, that's all it's gonna take!

1 comment:

Prashanth(MSP) said...

Ah!! I agree wrt the points mentioned in the post. Down with these idiotic politicians of various political parties. The ruling, the apposition, the leftists. F*** them all!

India would have been better off had the Dec-13 attacks had been successful. Pak would have unknowningly done a good turn to India by wiping the myopic, self-centered politicians off the face of the Earth. Not all are corrupt, one may argue. Atleast most of the people siting there are (> 99%, I am sure). Politics has become a ticket to make money at the cost of nation and NO ONE cares about it!
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