Friday, April 07, 2006

& now, the Other Backward Classes

I mean everyone already agrees that politics and the bureaucracy is a bitch in general. But even within them there are certain positions which require fucktards of the highest order to do justice to them. The Human Resource Development ministry is one of them. I mean when we had the last BJP government in power, we had a gentleman called Murli Manohar Joshi in this very position. Now MMJ is a very distinguished asshole, when he was not busy trying to slash the fees of the IIMs and promoting astrology as a "science" (ya, you got me right & did I mention extolling the apparent curative & medical properties of cow piss) - this bugger was trying to re-write the history books of young kids in school.

Good move bitch, I mean nobody even reads those books in the 1st place, so what the fuck! Let's have some fun right? Only a lot of people apparently had problems with this & a huge hue & cry was raised over this.

Then the shock defeat of NDA in the general elections in 2004, inspite of having made India shine over the deaths of hungry farmers in Andhra & Punjab. UPA comes to power, headed by the Congress. Good shit you thought. There you MMJ, bollocks to you man! We now have Arjun Singh, a man who looks learned... doesnt wear a tika on his head & is pretty satisfied at leaving them history books, cow piss & ol' saturn & gemini alone.

WHAM!!!

Suddenly, something so big happens that you just feel like barfing at your utter insignificance & helplessness at not being able to do anything about it!

Now there is a proposal to reserve seats for OBCs in all government funded institutions. The overall reservations taking Scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and the other backward classes would be at a whopping 49.5 % of all seats available!!

I mean seriously you might as well take a shotgun and shoot people in the crotch because they were born to plain, old regular parents! Here's an example of what is going to be happening....

This year I applied to Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), a very reputed B-School. They had their own entrance exam and all. When the results came out, these were the cut-offs -

General - 97.5
SC/ST - 24

No offence meant here but 24? Are you shitting me? There has to be some sort of quality parity right? If you were blindfolded and ticked every answer (it's an MCQ test) - you'd still get more than that! I mean if there are no good SC/ST candidates below say 50 or so, then why take them in the first place? Chances are they'd make lousy managers in the 1st place.

However, coming back, the point of reservations... it was initially to bring these depressed classes up to a competitive levels. The raising of their standard of living was supposedly to be achieved through land reforms. Now the latter failed miserably in this country as a result the reservation thing just never went off. The reservations was not concieved to be there forever!! So endorsing more reservations the Government is basically saying - "hang on, we could not improve on the situation... instead we've suceeded in goofing up further. Here are a few more people who need reservations".

If indeed Arjun Singh was SO serious about doing something to help these depressed classes... here are some things he could/should have done -

1. Upgrade, expand and modernise the existing primary and secondary school infrastructure in rural areas. At present the whole system is absolutely good-for-nothing - no good teachers, no initiative & no nothing! I say this because my own first cousins live in a village in Punjab & have seen what crap is passed off in the name of education there.

2. Instead of reservations, encourage special coaching/orientation/focus sessions for the youth who come from economically and socially disadvantaged groups irrespective of caste/creed/religion & try to provide them with a decent competitive opportunity to succeed in the entrance exams. See this is the point I was trying to make earlier through the SIBM example... there has to be some kind of quality parity!

What's basically going to happen now is that if a poor kid or an orphan from a upper caste brahmin family wants a good career, he will have to fight it out with these yuppie kids - with all the facilities at hand - in an even smaller pool of available seats!

Dont get me wrong I honestly believe that people like you or me should not be selfish enough to stand in the way of any OBC or SC/ST kid if they can benefit from it. But I'll be darned if I'll walk away from the B-school of my dreams for someone whose father drives around in a Merc, but has an OBC/SC/ST certificate.

& that is exactly what is happening now! Not that the govenment isnt aware of this. But it wont ban the children of high level bureaucrats/politicians/doctors/engineers,etc who made it from the quotas! Why should these 2nd generation kids need reservations?

No such a move would not get fat old Arjun Singh here too many votes. Hmmm... so what a nice idea let's just increase the reservation quota. That way more bureaucrat friends can send their spolit, bratty kids to these institutions.

What about those poor OBC, SC/ST kids for whom the quotas were originally designed? Huh. Nevermind, they'll never make it that far anyways. Our skewed rural education scheme will ensure that.

Wicked job you bitch! If only once in a while these politicians were made to send their kids to regular colleges through the regular grind, instead of jet-setting off to US-colleges, they'd know better than to toy with student careers like this.
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PS: This issue is something that we all should be thinking of seriously because it effects everything from JU to IIT. If anyone here on this blog wants to take some kind of radical action against this - a rally, signature campaign, protest forum or whatever... email me.

As of now, NDTV is doing some kind of protest thing on this... email them at
feedback@ndtv.com and let them know of your opinions on this. I also thank "girl who sold the world", whose email got me thinking on this.
PPS: Also has been brought to my attention an online petition against the reservations. So far nearly 3000 people have signed it... and more are, even as you read this. Go on... sign it! :)