Thursday, August 28, 2008

The deserving Or The deprived

It was 11:00 in the clock on a wednesday night. I took my glass and asked my friend to pour a shot. It was not any night. It was one of the most exciting nights for us. A night after which we were entering a whole different world. We were going for a job hunt. People were going to test us. They without knowing us were going to judge us within a matter of minutes and decide our fate. Yeah! Placements!!! Me and my friends reached 2 days earlier to hang out and chit chat about what we did during the vacation and of course boozing and knocking ourselves out. Well i hate to say it but when people say that after a person drinks they get totally out of control i everytime want to object it. Not because booze is a very good thing but i just dont want them to get a wrong idea about its purpose. It makes people think, makes peoples mind clear and let them think deep about what is important to them. So with the placements coming we were a bit concerned abt reserved seats in companies for the Sc/st. I had to say even i wanted to know the reasons for all this. So everyone had theirs first shot and all were in a mood to talk. So the topic was put forth and everyone voiced their opinion. And it was a night when i understood a bit more about the world.
We have really good friends and even though some of them fell in that category they were ready to listen to us and clear our doubts. The first thing which we put forth was the statements of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his letter about installation of IITs where he said that All students shall be considered equal and there shall be no reservations for any caste of any creed. But thats not the case now is it? Every precious institution has its reservations and keeps getting higher every year....When i had asked my parents about this they had told me that during the period of pre-independence some people were slapped to the ground not allowing them to get up at all-metaphorically. They were deprived of the right to develop. They were not allowed to do normal things a human has the right to. Or to ever voice their opinions. The generation now is doing the paschatapam or repenting on this by having their seats taken in the name of reservation. But my friends cleared my thoughts and doubts on it. Trust me when u have your notions on such a matter it is better to clear it before you become an anti social because you can get into big trouble!!!! What my friends said was that there are people who in the name of reservation keep exploited these benefits. But there actually are a group who are still downtrodden. Not because they are not smart or dont have the potential but because they lack the simple opportunities that we get in excess. They cant afford to have the facilities that any middle class can. Even they agree that reservations should be on the salary per annum basis for each family. If they deserve it they should get it else and not exploit it even when you can afford as much as a middle class can. I have seen the latter, my friend who inspite of being in that category opted for general because he was smart enough. I have seen people who want to bring their families in a good position. Me and my classmate C.Deepak share a nice relationship. We talk our hearts out. One day when he came and told me whether i knew he was SC. I was taken aback. We never put a tag on our friends do we? We dont judge them by their caste or religion do we?. I respected him for telling that but also felt bad. Yeah, we have come to a point where we dont differentitate between people. We dont want to know who is in which sect, which religion or anything of that sort but the narrow minded people in our country, f****in illiterates!!!! I enjoy christmas, diwali, id, holi. I think everyone does. So why do we always raise the issue of Reservation.

Well for a minute imagine yourself in their shoes. What would you do if you were locked in a cage and the key was thrown??? wouldnt you suffocate and want to get out??? Well with the narrow minded people in our world this is exactly where they are in- A locked box with the key thrown. But the government has managed to make a small window for them to breate. A window where opportunities and future is there. They too want to be free. They too want to see a country without any reservation, where everyone are equal and are free men! I think they deserve it. We should support them. May be not in the near future but atleast our future generations would get a chance to see it.

Its true what Russel Peters says in his comedy show...." Countries hate each others, indians hate among themselves". And hate to say it its true.FYI Russel peters is an Indian. Even though i laughed at it it was sooo true! Indians do hate each other. Envy, jealousy, greed...all of it has consumed us. We know we are smart people among the world but we hate to work. We are too lazy to get up and raise the log which builds our home. We dont want to do the dirty work of cleaning the disease of illiteracy. We want to sit in our f***in chair and watch the tv. Whats gonna happen to us, soon we will be the deprived!



The Dead President said...

Pai, dude! great post I should say. It echoes the same kind of anger and confusion I had about this issue till sometime back. I had people around me get into great institutes based on ONLY their caste or religion, inspite of the fact that their AIR or CEE ranks had couple of extra digits compared to mine. Your post in fact paves way for a broader discussion - on the term 'minority'.As you said, it was the 'paschatapam' that drove the government to establish such a rule in the first place. An opening for the oppressed to get equal opportunities as any other Indian. But what people fail to take note is the time period in history when such a rule was established. It was a time when being a part of a minority caste meant being handicapped financially, socially and educationally. Talent, if spotted, had to be nurtured even within such a doleful environment and had be nurture to bring them to par with the other great minds of the country. And the rule id serve its cause. But of late, things are alarmingly different. Being from a minority community today doesn't necessarily mean that you are destitute or too poor to even fund your way through basic school education... Neither does it mean that you are socially backward. It is exactly this point that generates the loophole that thousands all over the country today exploit. You could be from a well off family who could provide you with all the facilities to excel, but hey! hum ko to reservation hai na..phir kya tension boss? People these days have gone to such extents that they would even kill to be declared a minority - eg. the gujjar-meena incidents in rajasthan

But all things said, there's always a genuinely backward child somewhere who could lead the nation in the future. How do you help him, then? Its impossible for the govt to identify individuals and support them. So who comes to the rescue? The same manhandled rule of course. So, the fact is that such a rule can never be excluded from the Indian constitution. The solution? What we COULD do is rephrase the term minority - it should be based on financial and not religious grounds... think about

PS Im sorry... i guess this is too huge to be called a comment.

Another Blogger said...

the dead president seems to have started his own blog in the space for your comments..

deep thoughts, well presented..
i liked the way u brought russel peters in..

but seriously dude, dont u hv nythin better to do after gettin drunk??!!!