July 07, 2006

A monster called..."Reservations "

When this whole thing abt the reservations for OBC's in IIT's,Medical Colleges and higher educational institutions started I was in India.... the government had simply made a statement without understanding the repurcussions of such a step. the students from these institutions went on a strike...especially the docs...the most shocking incident that comes to my mind even today happened in "Amchi Mumbai"...

The medical students were protesting in a peaceful manner with just a rally and no violent slogans and stuff....at one point they all staged a sort of "dharna" in front of the assembly or CM's office i dont remember exactly. The police intervened out of the blue and started lathi charging the students without any warnings or any kind of persuasion....it was unbelievable that they did this when the whole thing was being televised nationally!!!!! All the news channels aired the bloody scenes of the students getting beaten up by the police mercilessly...the worst was still in store...female students were also assaulted (i guess thats more appropriate than lathi charge) by male police officers.....lot of the students were severly injured.......it was a painful sight...the future doctors of india being man-handled that way.... the next couple of days saw a lot more invovlvement of the students from around the country in opposing the reservation demon....

Some students in Delhi also went on hunger strike....all the newspapers and news channels covered the whole episode but there was no response from the government...students continued their hunger strike for abt 15 days and in the meantime more students and resident docs joined the "strike"....and what were the great indian politicians doing....."Nothing"....i couldnt believe that not a single MP or MLA etc didnt release a statement in the press abt the whole issue....on top of this as if to rub salt on injury....all the resident docs were handed a return-to-work-immediately-else-get-fired notice!!!!!!!!!!

The man of the moment"Arjun Singh" then criticizes the Knowledge committe for showing some kind of support to the whole issue...when all they said was that the government was acting in a haste and that they should consider all options and how they will be implemented before making press statements...the pressure that was building up was so intense that a couple of well known and respected members of the knowledge committee...Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Andre Beteille... resgined from their posts on the committee.....

I couldnt fathom the fact that the "National knowledge Committee" had a panel of elite and well-educated people but could be vetoed or overruled by a bunch of illiterates or educated-morons called "netas". I was glad the day Manmohan singh became the PM as I was thinking...."Which other country in the world has a President and a PM with PhD's ???"....but looking at the current situation it makes me think why had i even considered that India would be in better hands...

Atlast the government thinks that it has a master plan to counter the ever intensifying reservation struggle...feels weird as it sounds like freedom struggle.......they come up with a proposal that they thought would hushhhhhh the agitated crowds....."we will not take away anything from the students...inorder to accomodate the reservations for the OBC's we will increase the number of seats in the colleges!!!!!!!!!!"

are u kidding me!!!!!!!! First of all...most of the colleges in India are under-staffed with moderate or poor infrastructure and now they want to increase the number of students to increase the burden on a run-down education system!!!!!!!!!

One thing I never understood was "Why do people need reservation based on caste???". i understand that people need reservations but that should be economic-based and not caste-based....even for the econimically needy provide reservation till 12th grade and not after....people should get a seat in college..be it IIT or IIM or AIIMS or any other...based on merit...if u are economically backward but deserve aseat based on merit then the govt should make provisions to provide a "free seat"...where in the student wil lnot have to pay for higher education....

Looking at how things are going can u imagine what the standard of IIT and IIM would be after the reservations are implemented??? The day when a IIT / IIM degree (which is considered almost peerless in India) will be no different from a Mumbai/delhi/osmania university degree is not too far.... I pray that it shouldnt happen atleast in my lifetime...not that it should happen afterwards...

A verbal dual on a forum in TOI caught my attention and it is worth mentioning:

Pro-reservation guy: you upper caste people esp brahmins think that by giving us reservations for 60 yrs after independence u can make us forget the suffering of 3000 yrs when our caste people were insulted and treated like untouchables....we deserve to get reservations!!!!! (Can u believe this guy????)....by the way the original version had lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors...

Response: Dude!!!!! Are you completely out of ur mind!!!! What are you blabering??? I do agree that some people had been suppressed for 3000 yrs but we didnt do it....get that...u say that you have been given only 60 yrs of reservations blah blah...have you ever been suppressed??? or treated like an untouchable??? NO.....then why the #@$% should you get reservation....you say that your people were ill-treated...so they deserve the reservation....so the people prior to independence are the once that deserve it, not a piece of @#$% like you who wants to ride on their shoulders and deprive a student of merit from getting into a college.....if you think you deserve the seat earn it with merit...prove that you are more capable than the other guy...

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