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Phir Mandal Mangal?

After reading a fellow bloggers idea's/question's about this topic here ,I could not resist writing about it.It’s been more than 50 years after independence and here we are still battling about the reservation quotas and such. When Mandal Commission was first put in place it was also in similar fashion rebuked and faced with protests all over, but ultimately it was put in place. Wonder why? Because all said and done India is still a land full of people who belong to “Non-Open” category.

Does reservation ever help?

Starting from the grass root level, it is found that many of these so called reserved seats go unfilled simply because there are no takers! There are very few students who belong to the not open category who can actually meet the bare minimum requirements to stake a valid claim at these seats. I know from reliable sources that in IIT’s even today, minus this new reservation policy, the institutions take it upon themselves, to “train” some students especially for the reserved seats from their school days and many times in spite of this, these students are not able to keep up with the system after securing an admission. Now who is to blame for these directionless reservation policies?

Well most of us know the solution to this problem- We need more schools, stronger and wide spread education system. Few 10 crores in this cause will be money well spent and I as a tax payer will be more than happy to see some part of my money being utilized in this way. This way the much prevalent debate on “decline of quality” in theses institutions might just find an answer.

Does the voice of the masses need direction?

Coming back to the raging fires across the nation with regard to reservation, the bitter pill is that theses protests will not succeed in revoking the bill which was passed unanimously in the parliament. (Nobody who wants a political career can dare oppose it) By disrupting the services the doctors (a subset of students protesting) are only creating apathy amongst masses, which are getting affected due to the absence of medical attention. The MLA’s of the respective constituencies should have been pulled up and held responsible by the protesting students. Again the occurrence of positive outcome is debatable but it might have proved a trifle more relevant than these “Bhook hadtals”. Or perhaps the “protests” could have continued without depriving medical treatment to ones who are suffering. But as of now I can only say it is all very chaotic and haphazard with media doing its bit to further inflame the sentiments.

But it has done some good too…

As the protests continue one thing is becoming clearer by the minute- We will not sit and watch as politicians (elected by us) take us for a ride and act against our interests. Looking at the demand and the exponentially increasing competition among students for admissions in the elite institutions, it is only fair that we have more seats or have more IIM’s and IIT’s and avoid the mad scramble. Why restrict this to only a selected meager subset? There are a lot deserving students out there who have taken a beating and (arguably) lost out in the rat race. I remember reading a recent article on economist which talks about the how china is soon catching up with the “English Advantage” are not far behind us in the IT race (it’s all about numbers) and all said and done Chinese are a more hard working lot than Indians!!(Pardon me I am not able to locate the link for this article).Our industry is already choking on the IT boom which has just started! All because of the absence of enough adequately skilled and educated man power. As a nation whose greatest strength lies in our aplenty Human Recourses, it is sad indeed. So a big “Yes Yes” to more schools, more IIT’s,more IIM’s and more seats, in proportion to the increasing demand. (Read educated population)

But where are the teachers? Alas it is all a vicious circle.

So now we have more schools, more colleges but no teachers! Simply because there are again not enough colleges and not enough seats for doctoral students. The Pay given to this category is pathetic in comparison to other jobs in the IT sector and holds no allure. Hence a significant part of our financial budget should be directed towards education system as a whole and not just in increasing seats and mushrooming new colleges.

Still I see a silver lining somewhere...

Not all is lost and we as a nation are learning from our mistakes. Even though each person has a distinct view on the reserve Vs deserve debate and in spite of the ugly divide it has created amongst us, I see this movement as a faint beginning of a revolution, where the youth of this country will try, make mistakes in process, learn and move towards giving a brighter more equal future(read sans resevations) to all the next generations. I know as against my usual nature I am being very optimistic here. Well what can I say but, three cheers to that?!?

7 comments:

kamma-boy said...

my thoughts - reservations are needed to ensure that all sections of society are getting nutured. However, caste based reservations are only helping politicians and rich people from such caste. Reservation should be based one conomic means and this would help reach all sections.

Raaga said...

I think the people from the communities fo whom reservation is being proposed should oppose it :)

Ensure that people from economically backward families to get quality education in the their formative years, and leave higher education to merit. But again, who's listening??

Caffeinism said...

@ kamma-boy-Firstly Thanks for creating an ID and commenting.:-)) Secondly "economic means" based reservation,now that is something I left out.

@ Raaga - Ahaa...That will never happen.Answer is in your Double standards post.

Goutham said...

My understanding is that the forward caste, atleast in TN, form a measely 10% or so (source : wikipedia).. And all the reservation that I have come across, in TN, is for the majority 90%. I guess India is the only country where you can find affirmative action for the majority. Something I just don't comprehend.

Caffeinism said...

@ g'man- you see the so called forward castes(grandfathers generation)had a...let us say, competitive advantage because of their exposure and basic education.And what you say is absolutely right-how can the politicians go against the masses(90%)who are happy with reservation!!(pointer-double standard post of raaga)

Debaditya said...

ya u r true..u r going against ur nature and getting very optimistic...

Mukund said...

wish i could be as optimistic as u...having suffered due to the reservation policy,I don't believe anything good will be done by the present lot governing us...what we need is politicians who will rise above petty politics....don't know if that will ever happen...

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