Tuesday, April 11, 2006

my 2 cents on 50

I personally am not against reservation but against the misuse of reservation. To me 22.5% for SC/ST is pretty fine, that most of them lack behind in their stay at IITK is a totally different issue. Moresoever we have been living with this truth for long and it doesnt pinch. But even 1% of reservation for OBC beats me.

We dont have to be ultra observant to know that these so called backward classes are some of the financially strongest ones. Yadavs rule UP and Bihar and just to get votes they have been awarded OBC status. And its not the recent past but ever since the time when caste system was formed, remember Mahabharat and Sree Krishna. Few years back Ajit Singh (am ashamed to say that such a chamelon was a product of IITs) got the Jats listed in this OBC list. These Jats are the land owners, the richest people in western UP and by far the most dominant one. Being from UP I dont know much about other states but heard on NDTV that Baniyas are also listed in Bihar. For heaven's sake baniyas!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont we know over whelming population of Gupta's and Agrawal's in IIT, why would any one like to reserve seats for them???

For whatever I know of castes and IITs I can tell that some castes do promote education (especially JEE) more than others. Like I've mentioned before Baniyas are easily the front runners in IITK, next come Kayasthas and Brahmins while Thakurs are far far behind. Now no one can argue that Thakurs are so poor that they cant get their children in a coaching institute and a decent school. It just happened to be that the environment around them is such that they dont prefer to slog over this. There is no way a law can improve this environment. Same I believe can be said for some other castes, some of whom might belong to "OBCs".

Now coming to an even more critical issue, this reservation will lead to seggregriation in the hostels. I am sorry to say but there were wings in IITK who were constitued by the people coming from the SC/ST background. There have been cases of skirmishes between the people from these wings and the rest. It is pathetic but it is true. And most(70% will be a figure close to reality) of the SC/ST guys of our batch did really bad in their acads. Its even more shamefull to say but one of our proff used to refer these guys as born backloggers which is obviouslly very very demeaning. If the reservation is increased I am ready to bet that these cases will increase substancially.

Moresoever what will these people do when they get a degree. Any employer wont be unfair if he asks the category to which the candidate belongs. A simple solution will be to have quota in the private sector but that will complicate the situation instead of solving it. Why will any firm who is here to get cheap labour will like to waste its dollars if its not entirely confident about its employees. Most of the small companies which are finding it hard to break even will close their offices overnight and return to their native country. The situation will be even worse for the Indian start-ups. I'll shudder to think of a group of 3 people who have an idea and talent but need 3 more guys so that they can get themselves register in the Software Technology Park of India.

Last but not the least I question the intentions of Arjun Singh for bringing this suggestion. He has been in the ministry for 2 years and the Madal files would be (l/d)ying on his table for ever since but why he got the sadbuddhi to bring this controversial suggestion when elections are due in 4 states?? This is such an issue which no party can or will oppose. Their will be voices only to change the format like reservation for muslims, women blah blah blah.....

Enough of the problems, now comes the suggestion: PLAIN AND SIMPLE, NO MORE RESERVATION FOR ANY CASTE, CREED OR RELIGION. IF WE COMPROMISE SLIGHTLY NOW THEN BE REST ASSURED THAT GOVT. WILL BITE US IN COMING YEARS. 22.5 IS WHAT IT IS AND 22.5 IS WHAT SHOULD REMAIN, NOT EVEN 22.51

winding it up,
Apoorva Gaurav
BTech, IITK'04