April 11, 2006


What’s this pandemonium all about? Some body said Mandal II? Well we can expect that if things moves ahead uncontrolled, and I afraid that is imminent. Before dwelling further on the issue let’s hear there point of view: “to ensure the upliftment of the socially and economically backward classes. It’s about empowering (Much abused word. More on this later.) the oppressed class.” Sounds good. Isn’t it? Very good intention indeed. A good vision (Another good vision is to provide employment for 100 days each year. But implementation wise? Again more on this later). But only good vision does not guarantee you the desired outcome. You start with a vision, then you strategize that, then planning comes and then the most important execution and control. There are few policies of government which starts with a good vision (in this case, to empower all), but strategy wise turns out to be a populist measure to garner votes.

Let’s keep aside the political mileage thingy out for some time and take a re-look at the issue. I want all my country men to be at equal footing. Give them level playing field. Fair enough. But then there is also survival of the fittest.

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows that it will have to outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
And, every morning in Africa a lion wakes up and knows that it will have to outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
So, in Africa, it doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle. When that sun comes up, you had better be running.

Now what Mr. Arjun Singh and company is trying to do is to assure all those weak lion with a gazelle. If a lion is capable enough it will get its food. By providing it a gazelle you are not only messing up with the law of nature but also undermining the capabilities of the lion. Respected sir, your decision on quota will only take our country back in time. I have known quite a few guys who had sweated out like any thing to claim their worthiness for a seat in my college. And I am damn sure if this 22.5 % reservation was not there for educational institutes, many of us who finally landed to RECs would have been in the IITs. Only if the competition was not for 77.5% of seats. If you want to help them do that at elementary and primary level and please don’t make caste as basis for the same but economic abilities. Create more Navodaya Vidyalaya and other similar initiatives. Leave professional colleges for those who can prove there mantle for a prized place in those institutes. There are many guys out there from supposedly backward and oppressed classes who can make it on there own. Let merit be only criterion for any such coveted places. Competitive examination should be the same, competitive and not such a farce. Government has to make sure money should not be an issue with all such people at any level of their education. But not spoon feeding. We have enough of mediocrity, only with meritocracy we as country can grow. Country move ahead with progressive policies.Don’t divide the country between US vs THEM.

1 comment:

Ambrocks said...

hmm.. some serious intriguing talk.
The only thing I dont agree with is the example given - the Africa jungle.

d00d, the rule here is not that of the jungle, but that of the Junglee (Arjun Singh and Co.). What else would you call an person of such an irrational disposition.