Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Paradigm Change and Solution for Reservation Issue - Attn: Anti-reservation Students

Continuing on my take on reservations from here.

In today’s media, we see the following types of people,
1. Anti-reservation – the so called forward people
2. Pro-reservation – the so called backward people, who have benefited from reservation
3. Anti-reservation folks from backward classes, and pro-reservation folks from forward classes

Now, of the above, who wants the backward to continue remaining backward? Who is acting as the block in their development?

I say, the answer is 2.


Make a reality check on the ‘2’ people, on how many of them have torn off their Caste certificates after benefiting from reservation in either educational institutions or government jobs.

How many of them have thought “yes, I have benefited from reservation once, it is enough for my family, based on this help provided by the society, I will rise. Now, let the real benefit be passed on to someone else who really deserves it.”

How many of the ‘intellectuals’, or ‘social-justice-champions’, or those ‘habitual-brahmin-bashers’, who flock the internet, newspapers, newsgroups, political stages have really said, “Let me give way for the deserving”.

Even an I.A.S. officer who has benefited through reservation, wants the benefit to be passed on to his children and grand children, irrespective of more deserving people, who need the society to uplift them.

Including some of those anonymous people who have commented on my blog, and who are trying to project anti-reservationists as selfish people, are the real selfish folks who are against development of the backward community.

The student organizers of the anti-reservation protests will have to start looking at the intellectuals supporting reservation from this perspective.

If doctors who got medical seat through reservation, come forward to argue for continuation of reservation, the first thing to be told to them is, ‘Go, tear you caste certificate and those of your children, let the real deserving to use it, and then come forward to talk about uplifting of the backwards in the society.’

The real reason for the backwardness of the so called backward people is their own folks who have moved ahead. The creamy layer is the only block that prevents the real fruit of reservation to reach the section of the society for which it is intended to.

The votes of the creamy layer are also not large in number, when compared to the rest, so why does the government not bring the creamy layer clause in the reservation? The answer is clearly political. If creamy layer clause is implemented, then all the leaders of the so called backwards, and the opinion makers of those classes would loose their unconstitutional, undue privileges, and make way for the real deserving.

And that is the only reason why, all the so called, voices of the pro-reservation in any forum, will oppose the creamy layer, and economic level based reservation tooth and nail. Their intention is NOT to uplift the real backward classes, but to take all the privileges themselves.

Solution for the reservation issue:
The only solution the anti-reservation students can put forward to the Government and accept could be as follows:

Any person who avails of the reservation quota in education or employment exhausts it and their children doesn’t get to enjoy it.

Go to the university, college, Government employment records and implement it right away. Revoke the Caste certificates given to the children of those who have benefited once from the reservation.

Make sure, people from the same community who have not got a chance, get a genuine chance.

By doing this, every year, we reduce the number of people who claim reservations, because with every batch of folks passing out of colleges, or getting jobs in govt, a chunk of people get their Caste certificates Revoked. Thus the % of population in backward category reduces. Hence the % of reservation also goes down. [for. Ex. In case of tamil nadu, 69% becomes 65% in two years, and 60% in 5 years and so on. ]

Immediate Action Points for the student community leaders:
Apart from protesting against reservation, the need of the day is
1. Educating the real backward people about the need for creamy layer clause.
2. Create awareness among the so-far-non-benefited backward people, about the importance of excluding the benefited backwards.
3. Make them understand the real intention of the pro-reservation-elite-backwards, which is highly self-centered, and how ‘bringing-social-equality’ is a lie.
4. Drive the rural-poor-deserving-OBCs to force the elite-OBCs to tear off their caste certificates, which is the only way, their lives will be bettered by reservation.
5. Force the Government to implement the creamy layer clause and exclusion of the already previleged.
6. Understand that increasing the number of seats is not a solution for the current problem.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Reservations – agitations – Tamilnadu

Update: Please find a newer post on the similar topic here.

Please find an earlier write up on Success of reservations here.

Why does TamilNadu behave differently than the rest of the country? Asked one of my friends.

There are no anti-reservation agitations going on, there are people who cannot and do not want to differentiate anti-reservation and oppression of the under privileged, no voice against reservations in private sectors. These observations led to the aforesaid question.

Well I had to explain a lot on this, and let me try to share that.

Going back in time, the caste based politics started in TamilNadu started much before it happened in rest of India. To evoke sentiments of the people and to capture power, politicians had to identify a social enemy to fight with. The minority Brahmins were the unlucky choice.

All the backwardness of the state and the people were attributed to the Brahmins, similar to what Hitler did in Germany against Jews.[though really the Brahmins were only poor in government servants whereas the wealthy land lords who wielded power were all from non-Brahminical castes].

Sentiments were raised, Power was captured and 40 years have rolled over since then. Over the last 40 years, the only affirmative action towards implementing the policy of social equality has been reservation. Now, go through the following statistics

87.05% of the population gets benefited by Reservations. The rest 12.95 will have to compete only for the remaining 31% of the seats, in educational institutions, state government jobs et al.

Tamil Nadu Population (Projected)
Category Population(2001) % of Total Population % of Reservation
BC 2,87,93,980 46.14% 30%
MBC 1,08,77,310 17.43% 20%
DC 21,46,755 3.44%
SC 1,18,57,504 19.00% 18%
ST 6,51,321 1.04% 1%
Others 80,78,809 12.95% -
Total 6,24,05,679 100% 69%
Source: http://www.tn.gov.in/policynotes/bc_mbc_welfare.htm

This means that, if there are 100 seats, 69 are taken up Communities-Benefiting-From-Reservation [I cant call them backward, since most of those who enjoy reservation are already forward and in the creamy layer.]. The rest 31 seats are in Open Category, where the CBFR and CNotBFR have to fight it out. Now practically the CBFR folks competing for the 31 seats are 87% of the population and are creamy. So they tend to take up 28 of the 31 seats.
So, at the end, out of hundred seats, 97 seats go to the CBFR and 3 go to CNBFR.

Please find the article in The Hindu, which analyses the Medical admission in TamilNadu colleges for year 2005. Out of 1445 seats, 40 seats have been taken by CNBFR [so called ‘Forward’ communities], rest 1405 seats have gone to folks who get benefited by reservation.
source: http://www.hindu.com/2005/07/20/stories/2005072011970100.htm

The conclusions are

  1. There can never be a protest from students in Tamilnadu. A classroom consists of about 90% of students who get benefited from reservations.
  2. Since 87% of the population gets enjoys reservations, no government in the future dare to reduce the percentage from 69%. Once a majority has been given undue privilege in a democracy, it cannot be scraped at all.
  3. On the contrary, even if a TN government says that, 100% seats are reserved and all the forward community students have to be kicked out of the state, and passes an Act in the assembly to this effect, the 12% of the folks in the state do not command any power to react. They will have to accept it and live with it. The 12% in the state is just at the mercy of any opportunities that are provided by the rest.
  4. This is a lesson for the people from rest of the states. If you let more than 50% of seats to be reserved, then there is no looking back. Even for making a protest demonstration in the future, the anti-reservation junta will be in a minority in the classrooms. So this is the last chance to fight against undue advantage to the already much-forward, creamy folks. There will be more folks to for ‘Pro-Reservation’ agitations.
  5. Regarding reservations in Private sector, it is already there. What I mean is, if 95% of the students graduating are from the backward and below, how come an organization can staff itself without at least 50% of its employees from the 95% of the pass outs. In fact on taking number, it must be astonishing that 97% of the employees from the state would have been from the reserved categories, because even the few folks who get to be educated in TamilNadu, force their way out of the state/country for better prospects, for self and future generations. Thus there is no voice against reservation in private enterprise from Tamil Nadu.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

God Save the State, Country and World

Amidst the tight work schedule, took a day off to perform the democatic duty. And now the results are out.!!

Whether it is good or bad, let God save the country :)

It is very interesting to see that, the difference in seats won by the two alliances grossly skew the thin margin in the total number of votes. [with the few results which I studied.]

What I mean is, there is a large number of constituencies which have a very narrow margin.

Madurai East won by DPA has a diff of 52 votes,

DMK Gen Sec. Anbazhagan won by hundred odd votes.

Minister Radhakrishnan loses in Tirumayam by 315 votes

Minister Nayinar nagendran loses in Tirunelveli by 402 votes

P. Chidambaram once said, elections are always about negative votes. People come to vote to defeat somebody and not to elect somebody. [though it was meant to be the other way].

This time around, I think there was a wave in TN to defeat the UPA/DPA.[This is what the pre-poll surveys also predicted.] But, this wave did not solidify into the AIADMK+ votes as it did in 2001.

It got distributed among AIADMK+, DMDK, BJP

In the seats where the AIADMK+ has won the victory margins are big.
In the seats where the DPA has won, the margins are low and are infact less than half the number of votes DMDK/BJP received.

It would be interesting to see the grand total number of votes polled by both the alliances. I will not be surprised if the AIADMK+ had received more votes than DMK+ which has got about twice the number of seats won by the former.

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