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Reservations about reservations…

The UPA government is going ahead with the proposed reservations.As in a previous post…they don’t really care about us ( copyright MJ). No matter how much we scream and shout it won’t be of much use I guess. As I think about it,the words a friend had put up on his orkut page come to my mind. Here they are courtesy Alistair Maclean via Pratik Gupta.

Beyond anger lies fury, the heedless, ungovernable rage of the berserker, and beyond that again, a long, long step beyond the boundary of madness, lies the region of cold and utterly uncaring indifference.
When a man enters that region, as few ever do, he is no longer himself, he is a man beside himself, a man without all his normal codes and standards of feeling and thought and emotions, a man for whom words like fear and danger and suffering are words that belong to another world and whose meaning he no longer can comprehend.

Alistair MacLean.

Are we there yet…I don’t know…but we surely are getting there. That is what this country and its leaders need to guard against. Youngster after disgruntled youngster,who could have done so much,should not be leaving the country for not just greener but fairer pastures.

The more I think about the current fracas the more it reminds me of the situation of Atlas Shrugged,where driven by the unfair and unjust Directive 289 John Galt and the men of the mind go on a strike. If the most promising and productive people of the country suddenly decide that they will not contribute in any way to the prosperity of that country…it will be hell on earth. That is what this thing is doing to me.

Why should I contribute to the well being of a nation that will take the product of my work and distribute it to those who claim their right to it by their sheer inability to achieve it on their own?
Why should achieving something be made increasingly difficult for some and increasingly easier for others?
It is only when their crutches are taken away that they will know they can run too.

You cannot catch enough fish to feed them all everyday,so you might as well teach them to fish.
I am not against helping anyone to be as well equipped to face life(or exams in this case) as they can but then once you are at an examination there should be no reservations.
This is nothing unnatural…in fact it is the first and foremost of Nature’s Laws:
And Newton’s Law tells us what will happen if we do not heed this law of Nature.

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Caste away

With all this talk of reservations and the predicted and perfectly appropriate brain drain…I am left thinking that my status in this country and its state of affairs is that of a Caste-away.
As I watched in horror the future doctors of the country,people my age, getting brutally thrashed I got the distinct feeling that I and people like me did not matter anymore. We form the minority I guess, but then we are not a religious minority, are we?
I debated with myself,and later with a friend whether the President could have done something about it…he could have returned the Bill(as far as I remember Civics…he can).
Even a year ago,I was horrified to find that while my AIR 194 would not get me IITM Communication M Tech…AIR 2000 odd could…he has an extra piece of paper (called the caste certificate) you see.

The TV showed pictures of the youth in Bangalore on the streets…and just for a moment a placard caught my eye:
” WE DREAM…WE WORK…THEY GET IT BY BIRTH”…well said my friend.

I guess the machinery is already rolling…the Constitution has been amended…and there is very little we can do except buy some time…time to drive some sense into the heads of the politicos.
The IITs were called the Iyer Iyengar institutes of Technology…but then we had no choice…the reservations were already so high (especially in TN i guess) that to get decent engineering education you had to get into an IIT.
If this move goes through the IITs and IIMs,the islands of excellence in this unending sea of mediocrity, will drown too…an Atlantis many of us will seek and never find.
The Govt suggests raising the number of seats in the IITs..but do u have the funds to do so? It spends Rs. 1.5 lakh per student per annum…imagine what the extra load will be on the economy. And who will foot the bill…people like us,who stay here and create wealth…not grab undeserved seats and then run away.

If this Bill goes through,it will cause much anguish to my brother and infinitely many others like him.And what will I do…go away from India( after an MTech that I worked my backside off for…not worked a piece of paper for) and send US dollars to my family so that my money won’t fund the education of these undeserving b#$%rds.

In one line…the upper castes need 50% reservation too…after all we are

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