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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Reservation protests

Nation wide protests are being reported. Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Delhi, Orissa etc are witnessing protests from thousands of students. But there is one state where protests will never take place and that is the state of TN. I think in this state every community is an OBC except for Brahmins who are either living in penury or have left the state to work in better places. The DMK's hatred for the community is well known. And through years of so-called social justice policies they have managed to leave no opportunities for this community . In TN it comes as arude surprise when people openely ask you the community to which you belong. The surprise was even more to me because as a student in school the introductory talk that I got from a majority of fellow students started with whether I was an Iyer or Iyengar. Caste talks run deep in this state. While the rest of the country will have anti reservation protests, TN will have pro reservation protests. And while the whole of TN may think that they have very smartly elected, a look at the lives of the common man is miserable. The whole state suffers from water shortage. Taps always run dry in this state. The water mafia which could very well be run by people in power always has a hay day. And this is not a new issue. It has existed for years. At the cost of the common man's misery it is going to be glorious days for the Maran brothers.

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