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Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Great Indian Reservation Politics

Arjun Singh (Photo Source: has inherited the mantle of V P Singh the man credited with bringing the Mandal Commission report into effect, cutting across party barriers. For all his efforts, V P Singh lasted as little as a year in office, but he brought down the education system in India and the education of several students. Who are these students that I talk about? These are the multitudes of economically backward students who unfortunately belonged to the forward community (based on caste). Does Arjun Singh or VP Singh or P Chidambaram (who supports the cause of Arjun Singh) know what it means to belong to the economically backward group? VP Singh's son Ajeya Singh is an educated man. P Chidambaram's son Karthik Chidambaram holds a degree from a foreign University. How did these people educate their children? Because they had the finances to do that. Probably not because their wards were extremely meritorious. So how would these people holding responsible posts understand the plight of poor students from the forward community?

Arjun Singh is initiating the idea of increasing the number of reserved seats for the Other Backward Commnities (OBC). He wants reservation in IIT's and IIM's - why? Because for all the clout that Arjun Singh or VP Singh or P Chidambaram carry, they cannot get their children or those of their kith and kin admitted to these institutes unless they are meritorious. So, play another game. Bring down merit in India. None of them talk of providing education to all. All said and done, let's thank the British who left an education system in place for us. Else what would we have had considering the politics that these esteemed members of the Indian Parliament play.

For all that the cheap games that these people play, what have they achieved for India? Have they been able to get every Indian child a decent education. No? Thousands of Indian children have no access to primary education. So, whom did their reservation policy benefit? Their own selves - they get themselves elected again and again playing these cheap games of divide and rule. India will never be rid of its caste system. After Arjun Singh, V P Singh and P Chidambaram - their children will take over this legacy.

Mr Arjun Singh - it is not the policies of your HRD Ministry that gives bread and butter to Indians. Your policies feed you and your family. It is not because of your policies that we still have bright, intelligent youngsters. It is because, inspite of your policies, millions of Indians slog, struggle and achieve the unthinkable.

Medical students in Delhi went on a silent protest last week protesting Arjun's reservation prank. A group of students met A P J Kalam, India's President and a respected person amoung India's Statesmen and presented a petition signed by over a lakh of students against reservation. I am glad that these students have been pro-active in getting these petitions signed and fighting for a cause that they stand for. These students do not need to get votes to earn their livelihood. They are capable of earning their living by hard work and straight play. President Kalam belongs to a small group of dedicated men for whom the interests of India stand before their personal interests. He will be able to appreciate a meritorious India rather than an India divided on caste.


  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Mentor said…

    See how dump he is in this interview !! Huhhhhhh....

  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very well said. This shows the sinister designs of this crooked politicos that swoop to any level to get re-elected. Mandal destroyed future of thousands of students.

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