25 May 2006

Quotas and others


I got.. an e-mail from a friend.. regarding the unrest in India that's involving the students as they protest against the implementation of the quota system to be implemented in educational instituitions...

  • Students of five premier medical colleges have stopped operating parallel OPDs to give more sting to their protest

  • The president has called for an end to the anti-quota agitation, but pissed off medical students continue with their strikes, and business men have joined these strikes.

On the other hand, certain state governments have welcomed affirmative action:

"The DMK Government in Tamil Nadu has decided to bring in a legislation to provide for reservation for Scheduled Castes and Tribes and Other Backward Classes in unaided, non-minority self-financing colleges, Governor S S Barnala declared on Wednesday."(deccan herald).
  1. caste- is a hindu phenomenon. It leaves out most of the other major religions- that are Christanity, Islam and Sikhism, amongst the hoardes of other religions withing India.
  2. So what of those who have converted to other religions, to escape their caste. Does this offer, does this quota system extend to these people?

As columnist, MJ Akbar notes,

"According to the 2001 census, Hindus constitute 80.5% of India’s population, Muslims 13.4%, Christians 2.3%, Sikhs 1.9%. Others make up the remaining two per cent. The minorities are not included in reservations, nor are the upper castes: between them, the minorities and the upper castes would add up to 40%. So in real terms, 60% per cent of India is being guaranteed 50% of the seats in the best educational institutions. Do the math."

http://www.mjakbar.org/ MJ Akbar (the times of India)

3. So if the quota system operates thus: half the student population of a particular instituition will be there because of the quota system. What then, becomes of the Indian educational instituition?

4. If birth into a category of peoples is the ticket for advancement, the one single point that is repeatedly reiterated, how is it ever gooing to reduce the divisional lines.

5. Privilege should not be granted but won. And what of the one single brilliant smart student who benefits from the quota system.. how will any one ever think he is that good, or he is that smart, when everyone else, is just going to say, 'we know how you got so far... " So what is the reason.. I wonder..

"The reservation issue, entangled as it has become with Arjun Singh’s ambitions, is more complex. The legitimate goal of affirmative action to lift the underprivileged and backward classes, divided into castes, has become a plaything of politics even as it clashes with ambitious youth belonging to upper castes zealous in seeking a place in the sun. Parliament had passed an amendment after the Supreme Court had struck down the last bout of reservations in educational institutions. But the manner in which Arjun Singh sprung the issue upon the country, considerably muddied the waters.


Given the voting strength of Other Backward Classes, estimated to number around 30 per cent of the population and the subject of the present turmoil, all political parties are for reservation. The government’s attempt to please all by keeping reservations and expanding educational opportunities, is not an easy task as far as India’s schools of excellence are concerned." S.Nihal Singh- Asian Age

7. "It is a matter of utter shame that on a day when thousands of our agitated children were still on the streets and when hundreds have been on hunger-strike for the last 10 days protesting the government’s reservation policy, the insensitive government was celebrating the completion of its two years in office and the Prime Minister was hosting a dinner for his UPA allies."

8. "The issue of reservation rocks the business and student communities, while political leaders either support quotas or maintain a deafening silence. The reality is that the Congress is looking towards breaking the Backward vote bank with special attention to the Uttar Pradesh elections and Arjun Singh is acting under instruction." Arun Nehru- Asian Age

9. But some opinion pages show support for the move:

"It is is true that those who are enjoying certain advantages, socially, find their interests adversely affected. Hence, we are witnessing resistance from them, including from medical students who are advancing the specious argument of merit and efficiency to oppose the special privileges being provided to those who have been handicapped by age-old exploitations that have forced them to remain backward. The glaring disparity of 10 per cent of the population — the upper castes — enjoying 80 per cent of the opportunities, cannot be tolerated in a democracy." Vasant Sathe -Asian Age

(Vasant Sathe is a former Union minister and was an important member of Mrs Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet)

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21 May 2006

War

She isn't crying till the cows come running home.

ha ha i dunno why but that sentence got stuck in my head.

But yea.. we had an interesting class, yet again.. relating to women in conflict situations and i mean i knew tht life was unfair bt well.. it didn't strike me until.. well,

i thought, think of rape think of virginity
think of woman as the nation, and think soldiers coming in right, to conquer and rape the land. And the way they rape women from the other side, whilst they advance into the nation they are hoping to conquer. Impregnate her with their spawn whilst the men folk are out fighting the battle in which they might die. But she lives, and 9 months later out pops the child from the enemy.
Her nation might have won, she's lost.
Because she's got a baby from another, she's the spawner of the enemy's child. If her husband came back, he'd leave her because she's been touched by the other. And if he died she's alone. Either ways shes alone. Wars in developing countries mean a woman lacks the education to earn the money she needs to survive. So where does that leave her?

Hungry for money she finds alternatives. In a society where virginity is holy, and the husband is God, she's ostracized. And that leaves her a Leper. A leper is only treated human in a leper colony. And what do u knw, sex isn't a cheap thing to provide.

And who's fault is it that she leads a life of immorality? WHo decides war? We celebrate those who die at war bt what about those who live and bear the wounds of war openly? We judge them by the standards in which we want to live our lives. When a woman gets raped, it's wrong. But even then it's her fault. She's tainted, impure and mentally instituitionalized as a rape victim. he nation recovers but what about those who loose their lives, not in death but in life itself,? Can money solve it?

Rape the woman and u rape the nation.

What happens to deserters when they leave their army.. they're court marshalled and in various time epchs put to death.
So will u put a rapist to death?

What of the child born a bastard? the son of a father who raped his mother. Will his hybridity mean he's tainted too?

What is war really? Maybe we need to rethink war, as an everyday battle eventually declared when a crazy man's at the presidential seat. Battles where no one wins, and everybody looses just a little bit of their humanity.

18 May 2006

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17 May 2006

People are Strange- The Doors

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name

When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name

When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange

Moonlight Drive- The Doors



Let's swim to the moon
Uh-huh
Let's climb thru the tide
Penetrate the evenin' that the city sleeps to hide

Let's swim out tonight, loveIt's our turn to try
Parked beside the ocean
On our moonlight drive
Let's swim to the moon

Uh-huh
Let's climb thru the tide
Surrender to the waiting worlds that lap against our side
Nothin' left open
And no time to decide
We've stepped into a river
On our moonlight drive

Let's swim to the moon
Let's climb thru the tide
You reach a hand to hold me
But I can't be your guide

Easy to love you as I watch you glide
Falling through wet forests
On our moonlight driveMoonlight drive
C'mon, baby, gonna take a little ride
Goin' down by the ocean side
Gonna get real close
Get real tight
Baby gonna drown tonight

Goin' down, down, down

08 May 2006

IF

What if

u never came my way
u never told me the things you did
i wouldn't hurt now

and if u said

it was too late when we began
and then u said let's stop
then i would be happier each day

instead,

the lemmings come to the ocean too soon
and they jump in
and stop existing

who is there,

to remember them but those who know
and to those who don't we never were
but for u and I

we lived.

we won't for long though.

we were

we won't for too long though.

So u sit by the ocean whilst the sun comes down,
While I think of the lineage continuing
But we aren't... while we were... together.
Not forever.

05 May 2006

My Indian Trip Home

Indian magoes... yummmmmmmmmm

Waxing in India: cheeeeep

Waxing itself: hurts big time, and bleeds.. bt smooth skin

Indian weddings: huuuuge waste of 2 days.. shld start and stop at the reception

Indian wedding choultries(if a word like that exists): fun fun fun.. like camping indoors with generations and generations of family members under the same roof, cramped up space with a mad rush for the only bathroom half an hour before the next round of functions begins

Bangalore: crowded, conjested, dusty (left my handphone by the window at night, wake up in the morning to find it covered with a film of red sandy earth).. no point becoming such a big city if those who've always been here no longer feel that this place can be their home

Cofee Day: yummm tropical iceberg

Indian Handphone System: U SUCK

Bagalorean drivers: kick ass

Bangalorean Roads: we spent how many millions on the Ring Road again? Three years down the lane, the pride of Bangalore's infastructure has just become another sign of Indian (in) efficiency.. pot holes and rough roads.. not to mention the big block of stones that a car had rammed into on our way back from the wedding.. they were dropped right in the middle of the dammed road.. like any driver would be able to see them without street lights..

Life in India: as a friend says.. ppl earn lakhs a month, have nice cars, have lotsa cars, belong to clubs.. go clubbing and gripe when they get shut down so early, have a couple of maids.. so they don't have to pick up the sponge when it falls on the floor, nannies aged ten or eleven to take care of their toddlers.. one for each toddler... down the lane there are ppl who struggle to get hundreds in their pockets, contemplate stealing, devise huge scams in their heads on how to rob the rich then end up lacking the balls and going to the temple to pray for money..