I was almost threatened that people from the backward classes were breaking out of their chains and actually competing with the upper class. Thank god for some prudent Personality in the Government, that is not to be.
AH! We are segregating them further.
We will have more people to look down upon.
The backward class shall remain backward.
I am talking about the Centre’s decision that 49.5 percent of the total seats in IITs, IIMs and Central Universities will be reserved for the Backward Classes.
The govt. don't actually have to distribute the Star of David
armbands, the quota would serve the purpose just fine. On a more serious note, it is like that metaphor where the wise man teaches the poor how to fish, where the OTHER man feeds him fish. Feeding fish would have given him votes, no? Teaching fish takes more than 4 years, and who knows who will be in power than.
Closer to heart, and my home, also, people from the north east, those of the mongoloid stock, who are referred to as Chinkees by the upper class, shall remain lower class, or lower Caste even though the "Chinkees" were never part of the Old Indian caste system. Suddenly all Chinkees are backward, Paharis(hillbillies?) they call us. When we do excel in Football and all forms of sports, people ask how do we play in the hills. The people from the north east are looked upon with disdain because so many of them have come to take away Difficult-to-get seats in prestigious colleges, and are not even doing justice by doing well. So it is only natural that, we will be considered backward. And it is only because of the reservations. They carry these arms bands that pronounce that we are backward classes. And we blame people that they treat us as outsiders. No, we are not treated as outsider but merely as some backward people. Even though many people of the mongoloid stock in other parts of the world have proven to be smarter than many other stock, if you allow me to generalize.
Had there been no reservations, people would actually have fought to get into the prestigious colleges, compete in equal terms and naturally would have done well in the class. And of course there wouldn’t have been below mediocre people in the otherwise
Let me give an example, a real example of how the quota system has affected the people of north east India. I shall quote more personal anecdotes, and fewer facts. Take it with a [inch of salt but I shall not exaggerate. This is more of a hypothesis, than a report or thesis.
The north east India has a very colorful demographic mix. Seven states, known as seven sisters, but within each states there are a several tribes and communities who have their own distinct identity. Other than the looks, which might look all the same to an untrained eye, (even though we, NEers can make out who might belong to which group by their looks), no two communities are alike. And all the communities in the north east are either ST, SC or an OBC, except for a few. Like the Meeteis of Manipur and the Assamese. Even some sections of the Meeteis and assamese have been GIVEN OBC status and they are happy about it.
Let me take the example of Meeteis to drive home the disadvantages of Quotas or reservations. Even though, meeteis form the majority of Manipuri populace, they are no different from any other so called STs or SCs. Same stock I’d say. Again, a generalization but, the Meeteis are considered more intelligent, better athletes and better in all FIELDS, despite the fact that there was no reason to be.
The reason of this is quite simple as friend pointed out. All the other communities have always got it easy. Easy admissions to colleges, easy jobs, and in fact we used to joke that if there was a football match between the Meeteis and any tribal groups, and if the game were to end in a Tie, the tribal group wins.
I am not glorifying Meeteis and our Capabilities here,( even though we get the most medals in most national Games ;-)) but the point is the whole North east would have created many more better individuals if we had no reservations. It is like the Japanese story of keeping a shark in the fish pool on fishing ships, so that all the fish remains active and tasty, not lethargic.
Whenever one of us bring up this argument, that reservations does more harm than good, people from the north east who are happy with the reservations will pick J M Lyngdoh, the erstwhile Election commissioner. FYI, JM Lyngdoh never got through the civil services though reservations. He competed amongst the open category and remains today, one of the youngest Indian to crack Civil services.
Yes, there are genuinely backward people, most economically. Why can’t we have scholarships for those. Rather than forcibly planting undeserving candidates onto the hallowed portals of IITs and IIMs, why not have a primary education system so that those “ so called backward” people’s children are well prepared when it is time to get admissions into IITs and IIMs. Why don’t we have primary school system, which is truly democratic. Reservations is nothing but a Band Aid solution to a problem. We have a been doing a lot of great things in the past few years, why can’t we re-haul the primary education system so that everybody can compete equally for those IITs and IIMs seats.
Dear Government, teach the poor to fish. Don’t snatch away fish from other fisherman and feed it to the poor.