Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Reservation row

I got an email forward of the interview on Devil's Advocate between Karan Thappar and Arjun Singh (You can read it here).

Dumb politicians! They have no vision, only caste based politics is in play. To me, reservation should not be caste based. In fact, there should need be none. There is this quote by Nehru, that Thappar mentions in the interview -
dislike any kind of reservations. If we go in for any kind of reservations on communal and caste basis, we will swamp the bright and able people and remain second-rate or third-rate. The moment we encourage the second-rate, we are lost. This way lies not only folly, but also disaster.
This was after his idea of reservations failed to help the people who needed it most.

Would I want a barely-passed physician/surgeon doing a surgery on me? How many politicians would be willing to do that? If they need to help, they should help the brilliant but economically backward students. A rich sc/st guy's spoilt brat doesn't deserve it!

Would you drive on a bridge knowing that the engineer who built it was not qualified to do so?

I rant on this because I failed to get a seat in maths undergrad even though I had 91% in the subject whereas, my friend who got 70% had no such problems!!! I was lucky to have other options. But how many others lack that advantage!

Let the deserved get it. If we want to eradicate casteism, this is definitely not the right way to go about it.

Provide educational facilities to economically backward kids, provide them a good education until high school. Once they are out of school, it should be each to his/her own, if he/she is smart enough and DESERVES it, provide financial assistance for higher studies. This way, we not only help the ones who deserve it, but we make sure that jobs go to qualified people, improving the whole society eventually. And need I say, no quotas on job postings anywhere. Period!

13 comments:

Uppili said...

Or... I have one additional suggestion. The Govt. should pass a constitutional amendment allowing people to convert between castes....:)))))

Quiz for ya Muni: What does a SC/ST become when converted to Christianity?

What does s/he become when recoverted to Hinduism by VHP.

Munimma said...

:-) upps, no vithanda vaatham pliss!

ps: long time no see

Uppili said...

Vidhaiyum vaadhamum yennaikku pannirrunEn ?....;)

Long time no see... yaaru yaarai kekarathu ? Mail-ku badhil illai.. Eeiyathai paathu Elichudhaam Pithaalai...:)

Kumari said...

I agree. I couldn't get into Anna Univ coz of all this FC cut off. My uncle who is doctor has been trying for years to do his MD in India but apprently only a handful of seats are available for FC and one needs to score almost a centum to get in. Every year he loses his seat by 0.1 :(

Like u said, it is the economically backward who need all the help and we don't really progress with such caste-based reservations.

Syam said...

Yebba which ever the blog I go this is the HOT HOT topic..It wouldn't make sense until the resevation is by economical basis rather caste..

Munimma said...

syam - the reason this is a hot topic is because it is personal for a lot of us. It is a system that no longer benefits (rarely if so) the people it is supposed to.

Uppili said...

I think you are all wrong....There should be reservation. Leaving reservation on a self-monitoring basis, like in the US, will lead to chaos and wholesale corruption. But, there should be an independent commission that re-evaluates the list of BC, OBC, MBC every 10 years based on a set of criteria. The creamy layer should be graduated and the affected castes should be added to the list. The criteria may include wealth, income, # of college graduates among the siblings and close family members, etc. With widespread computer use, these data may be followed more closely.

Uppili Goundar

Munimma said...

Upps, What you are effectively saying is it should be based on economics, not caste. Same difference. In an ideal world, you can all that, but practically speaking, the simplest approach is the best. The PhD doesn't help here ;-)

Syam said...

UG, practically its not that easy for a country which is highly populous , they started the reservation system to have it until early 80s (that my understanding) and keep on extending it, if they wanted to go by your approach then corruption will very well play its role....

Syam said...

Oops...Pls don't yell at me that "they" means our politicians....

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Uppili said...

Muni: I am not restricting reservation just to economics - although indirectly, it may play a major role. A well-to-do family that owns shops but no one has a college degree might be given preference. well to do farmers in villages dont have any degreed members. But, reservation at the PhD level or for IAS, IPS will be detrimental. The Govt has a responsibility to give a helping hand to the lowerrung.. not lift, make them comfy and assure them a life time comfort.

Has to be me said...

Hmmm yet another one on reservations! The same link is up on Chandni's as well.

I've also blogged on the reservation issue.

Damn this....wish v cud all do something abt it.