Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The reservation debate

I _had_ to comment on this one, didn't I?
After this ridiculous coalition of lefties and wannabe-lefties known as the UPA has come into power, we've kept hearing about nothing but 'empowerment' of the so-called backward classes and the minorities. While one cannot be against that in principle, it is the implementation that is causing a lot of disconcertion amongst those who really want empowerment of all sections of society.

It is no one's case that the underprivileged sections of society must be given a chance to compete with the others. But who are the underprivileged? Son of a former railway minister, just because he is a Dalit? Son of a RBI governor, because he belongs to the scheduled castes? Or is it a poor Brahmin's son? Or the daughter of a poor Muslim?

Caste-based reservations haven't really led us anywhere. It is not that the politicians can't see it. But as Ayn Rand eloquently explains in her masterpieces, they are a bunch of second-handers who are out to destroy everything that the first-handers have created.

More on this later...just got back to blogging after a long hiatus.


Balbir Singh said...

I agree with your views on reservation. Reservation should have gone 50 years after independence (Dr Ambedkar said so himself).

The best way for the people who encourage reservation is to use the facilities/services provided by people who used the reservation facility to gain their jobs/seats in college.

BTW, I am surprised to see no blog article on the Raj Kumar fiasco in Bangalore, 8 poor people lost their lives and think of the immense damage caused to properties. This is not the Bangalore culture and cannot the people I knew as Bangalorians.

Balbir Singh said...

I did not complete my previous comment.

Reservation should not be encouraged as the only factor for selecting people, but it can be used as a differentiating factor.

The biggest problem is that governments have failed to provide economic support to backward people and makes up for it with blind reservations. Also, politically it increases the vote bank.

The only people left out now are people like me and you. There was a time when I felt that of the 100 seats available in college only 20 went to merit. I felt the 20% was reserved for general merit and the unavailable 80% was the majority.

gops said...

Totally agree, Ballu.
At least we need a generation limit for reservation - one generation gets it, and the others have to come up on their own. But anyways, these are only academic discussions...

Should write something about Rajkumar. Just don't feel like it. Am still struggling to come back to the blogging mindset. :)