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May 25, 2006

Did he die in vain?

Filed under: Sobriety — Teal @ 6:27 am

Do you remember?

When was this taken?

Who was the one burning?

Do the words ‘Rajeev Goswamy‘ ring a bell? This B.Com student was all of 20 years of age, when he set himself on fire against the Mandal Commission. And look what lurks around the corner!
Mandal-II the sequel. We live in a namesake democracy, with namesake justice and namesake equality. All are equal but some are more equal! As long as ur SC,ST or OBC, you can rule the roost in this country, which btw is supposed to be the biggest democracy in the world.

In the pre-independance era, the British introduced us to the divine policy of ‘Divide and rule’. They plundered our nation and left us with bits and pieces. And look who’s at it again. The all pervading goverment of India. They are here to make us kill each other and stuff their accounts with the leftovers from the british era, I guess.

In Tamil Nadu, we have 69% reservation. See the figures correctly -> 69%. So being brahmin and hailing from Tamil Nadu, I am no stranger to the evil that is reservation. Our own president has great faith in us. We are the future of this mighty country. But what is the point if the silent pleas of the students and medicos and the others across the country are going into deaf ears?
Would Arjun Singh or our respected PM be this silent if their children were on hunger strike for 10 days? A peaceful protest is going on. But is it making any impact? At all?

What is needed is an education policy in which every child in a Dalit/ OBC family as also children of the urban poor, regardless of caste, get free hostel facility and receive quality primary/secondary education at par with the 5-10 per cent elite in urban India.The basic idea behind such a policy is to prepare these children to face competition for higher education right from the start of their academic careers. The government must provide them facilities, so that they are selected on merit. Since there are no inherent differences in talent, a competitive environment backed by equal opportunities is likely to produce the desired results. In other words, providing a level playing field must be the chief concern of a democratic India.

To make this policy more effective, children of creamy layer among Dalits and OBCs should be debarred from availing free facilities. Instead, children of poor upper caste households could be included in the list of those who profit from them.Reservation in the present form may give a feeling that something earth-shattering is being done for Dalits and OBCs. But going by the protests that have erupted all over the country, it’s clear it can serve no real purpose other than creating dangerous acrimony among sections of our youth.

So what will make the government hear the youth? Extremism? Speaking of extremism, I guess you people must’ve heard about the bunch of IIT students who have proclaimed that they will commit suicide if the reservation policy is implemented. Moderatism doesnt seem to be working at all. So where are our Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev? Do we have to get suicidal to be heard?

What is to be made of someone as sensible as our respected PM, [who I am sure has a fair idea of the damage this policy can do], who is keeping mum on this issue. Everyone knows that this is nothing but votebank politics? And greedy politicians at work. But at what cost?

At what cost?



  1. competely agree with u!! these ppl jus cant spoil the careers n lives of thousands of deserving candidates jus in their quest for prolongin their reign on the chair!! any reservation, if at all to be made, must purely be on merit n not jus any crappy method like this….

    u knw wat, if this is implemented, its gonna stir up an avalanche process tat is goin to affect each department of the country n ultimately affect the economy n the global growth of our country!!

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — May 25, 2006 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  2. Powerful stuff!!
    I completely agree. The way things are going, its like we are sending out a message to the world that our educational institutions will no longer respect merit and that we celebrate mediocrity in the so called “backward” castes.
    This is like burning down the house to cook a pig.
    BTW of the 3 revolutionaries you mentioned, I think you misspelt RajGuru as Rajdev. correct that.

    BTW I do not side with the IIT junta who want to commit suicide. Go the Rang De way I say. Thus doing the entire country a favor.

    Comment by Rainbow — May 25, 2006 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  3. http://www.ibnlive.com/news/devils-advocate-arjun-singh/11063-4-single.html

    Maybe life for Indians is better only outside India now. Maybe brain drain is a good thing if India wants to trample on the brainy people just because they belong to “forward” caste.

    Comment by Rainbow — May 25, 2006 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  4. Hi..

    nice post….

    Heiii, I like John Mayer…really!!

    “no such thing” is one of my fav of jihn mayer….interestingly u highlighted those lines which is one of my fav. also “I’d like to think the best of me/Is still hiding up my sleeve”..

    listen “gravity” from d new album..

    hv a nice day..

    Comment by Roy — May 26, 2006 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  5. TOTALLY agree with you..
    These reservations stopped making sense to me long time back. On one hand they want us to treat them as equals, but on the other hand, they want these reservations. I hope the congress loses the next elections.. [-o<

    Comment by The optimist from utopia — May 26, 2006 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  6. All these goddamn politicians suck. Most of them are working only for personal gain:they are prepared to sell anything and everything for power and money. THey are smart enough to know that this reservation issue is absolutely illogical. However, for the sake of the vote bank, they are prepared to let the country burn in flames. What can be said of such people?

    Comment by Sudarshan — May 28, 2006 @ 5:38 am | Reply

  7. seems too trivial, but I have answered to your tag qs. My first post from the US. Didnt know how else to notify you.

    Comment by Rainbow — June 1, 2006 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  8. Answer these questions independently and not based on what you people wrote here already.

    Is there any reservation for women?
    If so did men protest then?

    I really did not expect Rainbow to ask someone else to become Bhagat Singh or was it Aamir Khan in RDB style ? It is just so funny when you guys say you want to stop mindless violence.


    Comment by Aarthi — June 13, 2006 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  9. very good aarti. There should be 50% for women in all colleges and on top of that we must have 72% of that for OBC,BC,MBC,SC,ST groups. Votebank politics would simply demand that.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 15, 2006 @ 1:31 am | Reply

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