Cerebral Shangrila

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Reservation issue - Why its wrong ?

I remember the frog (or was it the earthworm) story that I read a long time ago. For every two steps that it climbs in the well , it descends by another step making the ascent a long process. The story often reminds me of India. Amidst the social and economic progress that we make a Godhra or a Mandal takes us backward to the doom again.

The inanity of caste reservation has been argued for decades by economists and it is this same ember that Mr.Arjun Singh ( the HRD minister) strives to stoke. The issue has left the entire nation divided. Belonging to a forward caste ( I care a damn about casteism anyway) , I have morbid hatred for reservations. Irrespective of whether what is wrong and right , what is definitely wrong is the reasons for which Mr.Singh is doing it. It reeks of selfishness and personal gratification.

In a hard hitting article , Rediff questions the motive for raising this issue suddenly. Mr. Singh, please don't divide a nation and make people suffer for your personal whims , fancies and selfishness and am ashamed that your name is even being broached for the future Presidentship of the country . Please step aside , retire ............


  • agree completely...the focus should be on how to reach all 'castes' at the primary and secondary education levels right from the grassroots. reservation is the easy way out...its playing with fire.

    By Blogger Abhishek Chatterjee, at 11:47 AM  

  • share your anger,but this issue will not fought on the network,but on the streets - where indian middle still loathes to tred.

    By Blogger b v n, at 9:14 AM  

  • Hi,

    Government is adamant on increasing the reservation for SC/ST/OBC to 49.5% in top educational institutes. This leaves very little seats for the talented General Class students, who are already struggling....

    Please joinYouth Forum for Justiceagainst this. Please sign our petition against reservation and tell your friends to do the same. Remember, every single effort counts. As the petition reaches 1,00,000 count, we will be sending it toThe Hon'ble President of India.

    Sign Petition here ==> http://www.vyomworld.com/petition/
    Pls pass on this link to your friends via Yahoo Messenger, and let the fire of protest against reservations be so strong that we Youths become un-ignorable. Remember, unity is in strength, and today is the right time to show it!

    From your friends at,
    Youth Forum for Justice
    "We are fighting on behalf of all of us! Join us!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:20 PM  

  • Every country has their own way of implementing Racism..we do it through quotas so what is wrong?? I only remember Viveks comedy dialogue "Aaiyiram Periyaar uruvana kooda indha naatai thirutha mudiadhu....", unfortunately this will be implemented ignoring the protests(who really wants to care about OC's anyway) .

    By Blogger gormandizer, at 6:31 PM  

  • Check Out How Karan Thapar Rip apart Mr Arjun Sigh with some very valid arguments.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:32 AM  

  • Its shameful to see what is happening. If we can't reward intellect,why do we aspire to become the "knowledge powerhouse" of the world ?

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:55 PM  

  • I agree with abhishek when he says that there is a lot left undone at the grass roots level. But I wish to draw your attention to a slightly different yet disturbing issue.

    Media in this whole episode has played a biased role. It has since day one taken sides. This is not the role of the media. Media is a very important flag bearer of any democracy. It just so happens it suits me this time around and so I don't bother.

    By Blogger Birju Maharaj, at 12:59 PM  

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