PM: Quota issue is CLOSED. People: No, its NOT


That’s what we have to say. The quota issue is not closed as long as justice is not served to the rightful. And in this case it’s the real people who – are loosing out big time – are RIGHT.

I have immense respect for our honorable Prime Minister and I will listen to everything that he will say on this subject because he himself has been an academician for a long time and I believe no one will understand the pain of students more than a professor. But sir, this is unacceptable. Your formula of increasing the seats is in no way going to have an impact of the true hardworking student.


You have only increased the scope of the problem and have in no way tried to solve it. The present trend of leaving the reserved seats empty will continue in premier institutions as long as there is no viable solution or formula implemented where the economically backward do get an admission to such institutions of high caliber and also provide them with financial assistance to afford whatever expenses are incurred.

 

At present we, as a part of Hyderabad Community Service, are working with a group of 100 young girls who are bright and who have been rescued from child labor. There are amazing at studies and if given an opportunity and assistance want to become doctors and engineers. Give them reservation. Give them place in government institutions.

Don’t test their knowledge through problems from Resnick & Haliday, give them a chance through the testing that you believe is right for a student who has studied in the circumstances that they have, and test them on the info that they have access to, and then show me if you face a protest.

Taking this issue in a different light – Is there a much deeper essence to this protest being allowed to drag on from so many days apart from what meets the eye. The possibilities can be many. Is the direction in which the public is taking an active part pre-emptive of things to come in the future?

For the first time in my life (I was still a small kid during the Mandal movement), I have seen democracy live and Kicking. Elections were but a routine, but these protests have sparked of a debate that is making an impact which if not killed due to intimidation and brutal force, this might be the single biggest achievement of a collective India in all its modern history.

If not for its policy or reforms, thanks to this one issue, the PM Manmohan Singh’s government has been successful in raising the level of public debate in this country to such a decibel that from now on, it will be difficult for any unpopular decision of the government, to go by the people without a clear mandate. Hats-off guys, you have just succeeded in waking up a dormant force – the force of public demonstrations against biased policy decisions.

But, the issue apart, it’s amazing to see the support these guys are getting right from their faculty to corporate houses. Apparently they now have a war-chest that can sustain this agitation for some time to come. Again, this is an indication that a true cause will never die because of trivial requirements.

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13 thoughts on “PM: Quota issue is CLOSED. People: No, its NOT”

  1. “But, the issue apart, it’s amazing to see the support these guys are getting right from their faculty to corporate houses. “

    This body of support forms not more than 20% of India’s population. What about the other 80% – do they support these strikes or do they not? Considering that 85% of our people are SC/ST/OBCs, it’ll be safe to say “No”.

    Anyway, here’s my opinion. Okay, good, I appreciate their use of their right to express and protest – democracy, beast awakened and all… blah blah… but my support ends there. Why?

    The present government promised explicitly in their election agenda that they would extend reservations to the OBCs. People knew this, people elected this government and people accepted this government’s rule. By proposing to extend reservations to the OBCs in institutions of higher education, the government is just doing what it said it’ll do before it was elected.

    Now, whether reservations are good or bad is a different issue entirely and I have my own arguments against the quota system. This is what I have to say to all those people who are striking and who are supporting them: “Why the hell did you vote for and accept this government in the first place? And why the hell do you strike now? How can you say your strike is part of a democratic process when you dont represent even 15% of the population? Are you actually protesting or blackmailing?”

  2. Its important because these 15% of the people run the country and you need these people to keep it running too.

    Yes, we choose this govt and its screwed us. All the parties have in the past and they will in the future. Ask how many of the 15% voted for this govt???

    Your answer will be: first check how many of the 15% have voted at all? And you know the answer!

    15% will nto vote because irrespective of who comes to power riding on whatever promises made to the sheer banal numbers who just want to rot and do nothing, its they who have to run the nation.

    That is why there voice is important. That’s why all this halla-gulla. That’s why there is wide spread support!

  3. Its important because these 15% of the people run the country and you need these people to keep it running too.

    Yes, we choose this govt and its screwed us. All the parties have in the past and they will in the future. Ask how many of the 15% voted for this govt???

    Your answer will be: first check how many of the 15% have voted at all? And you know the answer!

    15% will nto vote because irrespective of who comes to power riding on whatever promises made to the sheer banal numbers who just want to rot and do nothing, its they who have to run the nation.

    That is why there voice is important. That’s why all this halla-gulla. That’s why there is wide spread support!

  4. Dude! 15% rule the nation?! So the remaining 85% are idiots?

    50% of our country’s people are farmers (in whose societies India’s socioeconomic backwardness is concentrated) and they contribute 25% to the nation’s GDP. On the other hand, the IT sector (where most of these rich NRIs throw their crumbs in and where wealth concentration percapita is very high) contributes only 5% at most. Who’s important?

    And yes, that 15% might not have voted for this government but they accepted this government coming to power. Why did they sit silent then? Because as you said, whoever comes to power, it wont affect them. They give a damn. No responsibility! But when their interests are at stake, they strike! Selfishness!

  5. Dude! 15% rule the nation?! So the remaining 85% are idiots?

    50% of our country’s people are farmers (in whose societies India’s socioeconomic backwardness is concentrated) and they contribute 25% to the nation’s GDP. On the other hand, the IT sector (where most of these rich NRIs throw their crumbs in and where wealth concentration percapita is very high) contributes only 5% at most. Who’s important?

    And yes, that 15% might not have voted for this government but they accepted this government coming to power. Why did they sit silent then? Because as you said, whoever comes to power, it wont affect them. They give a damn. No responsibility! But when their interests are at stake, they strike! Selfishness!

  6. I don’t get it dude. What has these numbers got to do with the issue at hand? Issue at hand is reservation in institutions based on caste where a even a wealthy person belonging to a particular caste is given undue allowance when compared to another person who does not enjoy the formers benefits. All this when both have the same standard of living and have access to the same quality of education?

    Is the above not flawed? That’s what the fight is for! Now tell me, do you disagree on the above?

    Now to the numbers – Accepted that 50% are farmers and all that blah..blah.. Hey, guess what? I am for the poor common man. I am all for his rehabilitation and for his welfare. Give him subsidies in his work and if he that poor give him assistance for getting his kids educated. And if his poverty level falls below a particular mark, put him in the quota of reserved and offer his kids a chance to succeed.

    But granting reservation to some irrespective of economic status is not done man.

    Coming to the 15% – The reference was to the people who are white-collared. Forget IT. These are the everyday men who help the other 85% get their act together. Yes the farmers grow crops and toil hard. But who gets them a fair price. Who sets the policy to have their crops bought and distributed? Who runs the administration? Who set out to see that their interests are taken care of? And tell me, congress is in power? How is it helping them in the rural sectors?

    Man, what irks the most is, irrespective of how much reservation is provided, unless a person proves his worth, he/she will not be allowed to a seat in a premier institution. Then if that’s the case and if there are none from the reserved quota taking the seat and there are millions of deserving students left out, why not convert the open seats left in the reserved category to the open quota?

    Take this case, in IISC, in a class of 20, 8 seats that are reserved have never ever been filled. Have a proof of that. IISC just did not find ppl to fill those seats? So why are u wasting 8 seats? Why no covert them to the open quota? There are hundred’s waiting to join who are more than sufficiently qualified!

    Hey, forget abt the numbers? What is your take on the quota system? You think its warranted?

  7. I don’t get it dude. What has these numbers got to do with the issue at hand? Issue at hand is reservation in institutions based on caste where a even a wealthy person belonging to a particular caste is given undue allowance when compared to another person who does not enjoy the formers benefits. All this when both have the same standard of living and have access to the same quality of education?

    Is the above not flawed? That’s what the fight is for! Now tell me, do you disagree on the above?

    Now to the numbers – Accepted that 50% are farmers and all that blah..blah.. Hey, guess what? I am for the poor common man. I am all for his rehabilitation and for his welfare. Give him subsidies in his work and if he that poor give him assistance for getting his kids educated. And if his poverty level falls below a particular mark, put him in the quota of reserved and offer his kids a chance to succeed.

    But granting reservation to some irrespective of economic status is not done man.

    Coming to the 15% – The reference was to the people who are white-collared. Forget IT. These are the everyday men who help the other 85% get their act together. Yes the farmers grow crops and toil hard. But who gets them a fair price. Who sets the policy to have their crops bought and distributed? Who runs the administration? Who set out to see that their interests are taken care of? And tell me, congress is in power? How is it helping them in the rural sectors?

    Man, what irks the most is, irrespective of how much reservation is provided, unless a person proves his worth, he/she will not be allowed to a seat in a premier institution. Then if that’s the case and if there are none from the reserved quota taking the seat and there are millions of deserving students left out, why not convert the open seats left in the reserved category to the open quota?

    Take this case, in IISC, in a class of 20, 8 seats that are reserved have never ever been filled. Have a proof of that. IISC just did not find ppl to fill those seats? So why are u wasting 8 seats? Why no covert them to the open quota? There are hundred’s waiting to join who are more than sufficiently qualified!

    Hey, forget abt the numbers? What is your take on the quota system? You think its warranted?

  8. No man, I dont disagree.

    “And if his poverty level falls below a particular mark, put him in the quota of reserved and offer his kids a chance to succeed.” I agree with this fully. In fact, this is exactly what I have in mind.

    But I was just questioning the rationale behind the protests. The present reservation system is bad, unjust and outdated and I agree with you that it must be changed but the way the medicos have been protesting, that is what I dont like.

    My take on the quota system is coming soon. In fact, I’m thinking of opening a new blog on it. :p

  9. No man, I dont disagree.

    “And if his poverty level falls below a particular mark, put him in the quota of reserved and offer his kids a chance to succeed.” I agree with this fully. In fact, this is exactly what I have in mind.

    But I was just questioning the rationale behind the protests. The present reservation system is bad, unjust and outdated and I agree with you that it must be changed but the way the medicos have been protesting, that is what I dont like.

    My take on the quota system is coming soon. In fact, I’m thinking of opening a new blog on it. :p

  10. @atlantean….
    about “Why the hell did you vote for and accept this government in the first place? And why the hell do you strike now?

    did congress party win the elections by a landslide?
    forget landslide, it only scraped through with its legs tied to numerous allies..NDA did reasonably well in the north… it was mainly bad coalition partnership in Tamilnadu and the (9yr rule) anti incumbency in AP that let it down….

    in todays coalition politics where is the choice in terms of party policies? does the TDP and BJP have same intrests at heart? does the CPI(m) and congress agree properly on even one issue? what about DMK and congress?

    these parties have fairly different ‘core’ policies and different stance on issues of national interest.
    is voting for congress same as voting for communists?
    do TDP and BJP allign on every issue? NO but with parties frantically tieing up before elections… the question is …. DO WE HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE?

    and no party neither those in the govt nor those in opposition wants to hurt their votebank… do you see atleast a single politician coming out in public and stating his stance on the issue(for or against)? even the BJP’s so called president doesnt have the spine to do so…..

    they are all same …man…. SAME… all of them…

  11. @atlantean….
    about “Why the hell did you vote for and accept this government in the first place? And why the hell do you strike now?

    did congress party win the elections by a landslide?
    forget landslide, it only scraped through with its legs tied to numerous allies..NDA did reasonably well in the north… it was mainly bad coalition partnership in Tamilnadu and the (9yr rule) anti incumbency in AP that let it down….

    in todays coalition politics where is the choice in terms of party policies? does the TDP and BJP have same intrests at heart? does the CPI(m) and congress agree properly on even one issue? what about DMK and congress?

    these parties have fairly different ‘core’ policies and different stance on issues of national interest.
    is voting for congress same as voting for communists?
    do TDP and BJP allign on every issue? NO but with parties frantically tieing up before elections… the question is …. DO WE HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE?

    and no party neither those in the govt nor those in opposition wants to hurt their votebank… do you see atleast a single politician coming out in public and stating his stance on the issue(for or against)? even the BJP’s so called president doesnt have the spine to do so…..

    they are all same …man…. SAME… all of them…

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