Sunday, May 21, 2006

Reservations: A Necessity?

Here is my stand on one of the most important ongoing issue on which the future of India Rests.....

Anti-Reservation protests still going strong specially frm the medical community....Ofcourse each n every student in India is with them......The Government plans to make 27 % reservations for OBCs in central universities that will take the quota to 49.5 %.
Medical students have been saying that reservations should be on the basis of economic condition rather than caste.Financially weaker students r missing out on post-graduate seats only because of being general category students. The anti-reservation protests by medicos in Delhi got stronger on Tuesday with students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Kharagpur joining them on hunger strike at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The sad state is tht the people in power determining the fate of India and future of Indians r totally incompetant in this regard.Anyone who is currently watching Arjun Singh's interview with Karan Thapar which is being aired as I write this will agree with me...Arjun singh cud not answer any of Karan's queries to satisfaction....Arjun cud not Even Justify his own stand for the necessity of the quota increase.....For most of Karan's questions his stand was "I dont kno" or "Its obvious"(wonder to whom)
The height of ridiculousness was Arjun's reply to the question "Do you know what percentage of the Indian population is OBC?"...He actually stated on live television to ask someone with better knowledge the answer for it....Who is tht someone who is supposed to be knowledgeable? Doesnt tht mean Arjun Singh isnt knowledgeable(in his own words tht too)......So on wat basis does he make his stand on reservation without having any knowledge abt them.....This is the pathetic state of Indian Politics where people who r self-confessed "not knowledgeable enuf" are determining the nation's future.....It seemed to me frm where I was watching tht Arjun himself dint look or seem quite convinced abt the necessity of the quota increase....Then why infact is he pro- it? Thts the million dollar question now isnt it.....He cud not answer the question on whether the increase was really necessary at this point of time.....

Statistics and facts rattled out by Karan showed tht in Higher Education out of the percentage of seats currently being reserved atleast 1/3rd of them were unoccupied.....since the number of Sc/STs and OBC candidates opting for higher education are less for watever reasons best known to them...this deprives a meritorious general merit candidate of his/her seat.....So out of the current reserved seats wen 1/3rd is already being wasted due to vacancy WHY the increase in quota? To WASTE more seats? To see to tht more merit students are DENIED education?
Mr.Arjun Singh's response for this was something like "Jus coz some ppl r not joining doesnt mean tht quota or an increase is not needed....Wat the hell is tht supposed to mean...?
Its like shouting I dont care whether its of some use or not but still lets increase tht at the time of election he can say tht he helped Backward community.....and how? By wasting seats tht werent of any use to them or to anyone else too!

The entire thing is senseless......Y shud there be reservations in education anyway? Tht too based on caste???? All of u out thr tell me with an honest heart.....wud u want to be treated by a Doctor who scored 40% to get into MBBS (as in someone who probably doesnt kno the ABC of medicine but is a Doctor nevertheless...and y the hell not since seats are being reserved for the likes of them?).......Whether its general merit or SC or ST or OBC or BC or watever types there r it shudnt matter....wat shud matter is how capable the person is....tht shud be the one and only criteria.....Infact I feel tht reservations are an insult to OBC and SC/ST as by doing reservations for them,the country is telling them tht they are not good enuf to score and get seats on their own hence there is reservations for them.....Y is it so? Do u mean to tell me tht an OBC student cannot be good enuf to get a merit seat??? I dont buy tht....Intelligence or capability doesnt come with particular caste or creed.....A similar look at the fee structure....full fees for general merit and almost half rate for reserved wat if the general merit student is frm a financially weak background? Nothing...He/She still gotto pay the entire fees....On the other hand the reservation candidate cud be frm a wealthy background....but who cares...He/She can still pay half the fees....Yippeeee....The joy of studying in India.....!!!! Now the right thing to do in this case is fee discrimination based on financial conditions whr the actual needy irrespective of the caste are given a chance for education.

So a plea to the government tht its high time India stops differentiating based on CASTE....!

P.S :- For anyone who cares to read the mockery of Indian Politics...Arjun's Interview!


Vinodh said...

Koyel, as I always say, you should start trying your hands on Journalism.For the people who dont know me, I present you the one and the only .....the invincible....the Impeccable.....Just call me "Vinodh" :-)

My comments on Reservations, I fully support it whether it be the education or the Career growth for OBC and BCs.

Lets start with Cricket...

-If OBC Hits should be considered as 6
-Every run he takes between wickets should be considered twice the number.
-If he bowls 3 balls, its considered to be the end of over.
-If he clears the fence, its considered to be 8

Lets go to Education.,

- If he finishes 10th, he should be directly given chane to write CET.
- If he completes 12th, he should be given a Bachelor degree
- If he gets on to Bachelor degree, give him Masters and also an assurance of carrer as an IAS or IPS.

Lets go Career.,

-If OBC joins the company, he should be taken directly as Senior Engineers(No internship and no Junior levels)
-If obc remains in the company for more than 1 year, he should be mandatorily awarded best performance and given a A++++++++(Last 6 are applicable only for OBCs) ranking

Wtf(as we always say).....come on get a life, we do understand its difficult or maybe very difficult to comeup in Life being a BC/OBC.....But that was 10-15 years ago. Now if you are good, you get what you want.

Get some attractive packages for the Financially challenged and even Community challenged people something like.,
-Free Groceries for home (2kgs/week) for people who are studying.
-Free Pickup/drop from/to home for schooling.
-Free clothes.

Iam sure most of the above attractions are there already and maybe more, but it has to reach people(Politicians should stop eating others food)

-Maybe more to add to the list he/she can sit near she/he in schools :-))

And obviously, I would prefer a Distinction MBBS if I wanna get into a Clinic for treatment ,whether it be BC/OBC/OC. Preferably a lady doc..maybe a sexy one too... ;-)

Life is tough for everyone whoever it be.... OC/OBC/BC....So prove yourself better by performing better, but not showing yourself trivial.

Anonymous said...

Its too good Koyel,carryon with ur good work,we r also feeling eager to walk along our frnds who r fighting for our genx,bt our corporate life prohibits us.So we r very much with u all!

Sreekanth said...

Great job friend :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Koyel,

THis is Pavan, i forgot my password so typing as anonymous..

Our reservation reminds me of our age old traditions, which inspite of several years, reform and development has sprung back,,, the tradition of caste system, but its the other way.

There should be no reservations, apart from those like NCC, NSS, Sports...

It makes no sense that these students come to coll in their luxury cars and are given free seats whereas a derserving student without adequate funds is denied one.,,

why should there be any reservations, the are given reservation in primary schooling, seconodary scooling, high school even in college, and in all these levels of education there are same teachers and teaching facility for others too, atleast from college level, let them stand on their own let there be a common platform.....

I think the spoon feeding must end here

Kartik said...

Hey koyel, ur article is a good shot in the arm for this dumbo arjun singh.. Education system has alread been corrupted to unfathomable levels and now this reservation rule is gonna make a complete mockery of it. So many protests and processsions , yet this Indian government is keeping quiet on this issue. Heard that even, a student died during the fasting which went for this cause.
(dunno if its really true, though)
Cannot imagine the future of our beloved country, if such stupid systems and laws are gonna be a part of the constitution.Keep up da good work miss angel.. U do rock !!

arpan said...

well if reservation is really a solution ,Our minister got it all wrong. Reservation at higher education is just a short cut way which hardly leads to any path of equality. OBC r 50% of india population n if stress could be laid on primary education reservation funded by gov for those who really need it in terms of economically backwardness , i am sure they will occupy 30% of seats automatically as their base n foundation will be strong .But then gov has to really increase their spending on education in budget but still that is only fast and effective way . also rather than caste as reservation criterion it should be economic condition .. well look at my views at