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Thursday, May 18, 2006


The issue of reservation has been done to death in the media as well as in the blogosphere [where there is overwhelming opposition to it]. Today's Hindu has two leader page articles.
Almost all the articles and blog posts i've read (not many i'm afraid) have been taking sides without going into the core issues and indulging instead in rhetoric. This article published today, is an example of that. In the same page, we have a better article which gives a better picture of the issue, though i'm not convinced with all the points raised by the article. This issue reminds me of the Kashmir problem, about which so much is spoken and yet so little information is given.


  • awesome articles, thanks.

    BTW, based on my experiences with NGOs, I was planning to blog on the hypocrisy and sham attitude of the "educated" middle-class, 90% of whom are self-seekers who dont even take steps for their own welfare and experts in finger-pointing

    I have a lot of admiration for Swami Agnivesh, he is one guy who does not fulfil the definition of the 21st century Swami - guy with no crimes left to commit.

    By Anonymous The Talkative Man, at Thu May 18, 08:34:00 PM  

  • I disagree with both articles. But I remember A.Vaidyanathan (author of the second article) was one of few people who questioned the sanity of the insanely grandiose scheme for linking of rivers. Despite having been a member of the planning commission, he seems to have an independent mind :-). It's astonishing how little debate is there whenever some huge scheme like linking rivers or going to the moon is proposed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 19, 06:54:00 AM  

  • what's your stand?

    By Blogger Viji, at Fri May 19, 03:09:00 PM  

  • I agree with you. Both articles decidedly missed the point.

    Here's a better take on it.

    It is not free of logical flaws but atleast its got better focus.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat May 20, 02:33:00 PM  

  • the prev comment is mine

    By Anonymous msp, at Sat May 20, 02:33:00 PM  

  • why cant these "enlightened youth" protest against institutions like ramachandra medical college???

    By Blogger karthikeyan, at Mon May 22, 07:42:00 AM  

  • TTM/BNB,
    Did you guys check out Karan Thapar interviewing Arjun Singh? Read a transcript. Arjun reminded me of the "Pointy-Haired-Boss" of Dilbert fame :)
    After "reading" the interview i felt like asking Arjun Singh "What the fuck is your job and why the fuck are you the HRD minister?"

    I have more questions than answers.
    For e.g, if the pro-reservation people hold the view that equating entrance exam result with merit is wrong [and also the view that elites enjoy a head start because they can afford training etc], then why don't they attack the problem at the level of entrance exams itself, instead of having a caste-based reservation? To me, at this point in time, the problem is not attacked at the root.

    thanks for the article

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon May 22, 04:27:00 PM  

  • Bala,
    Thanks for pointing, googled and read the interview.

    While I dont believe in doling out money instead of seats(since there are 108 things like problem-solving and decision-making an education teaches you which money wont give), existing seats not filling up is a worrying factor.

    Which implies a crying need to raise the standards at primary education itself. Maybe have a uniform nationwide syllabus, better and committed staff, along those lines..

    As such the Indian mindset that education stops once your ass is secure, has to change - have noticed people know zilch about say, Basic Probability theory after studying it repeatedly in Class X, Class XII, Engg...needs more commitment, professionalism and drive.

    By Anonymous TTM, at Tue May 23, 04:12:00 AM  

  • Singh's interview also exposes lack of infrastructure for research and fact-finding - a country's HR dept. still in 3000 BC.

    Dunno why build one IT park after another when there is a crying need to computerise administration and people data.

    By Anonymous ttm, at Tue May 23, 04:15:00 AM  

  • Bala(Karthik):
    I did notice a colleague reading the transcript of that interview with Karan Thapar.Read it a bit. How do they arrive at these magic numbers of X%, Y% ? To me the most astonishing aspect of this whole affair is the way decisions are made by fiat.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue May 23, 07:04:00 AM  

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