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Another question for libertarians. Not by me, but by Chetan Dhruve. Read it and let's see what you have to say!







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-- Blogger aditya, 7/23/2005 02:05:00 PM

Affirmative action is good. Helping poor exploited people is also good.

But Indian IT companies didnt succeed because of 'Affirmative Action'. You dont buy from China because they were exploited in last century. You buy cause its cheap. Economics, price differential is what is bringing work here.

And when China learns English, we would have same problem as American IT junta has -- job security.    



-- Blogger Eswaran B, 7/23/2005 06:36:00 PM

Shivam,

I am not a libertarian, but I hope you will let me comment :)

It sounds fishy to me that Indians were hired in companies in the US because of affirmative action, it's even more suspicious that companies did business with Indian companies because of affirmative action, that's just ridiculous.

With that said, affirmative action is good, as long as it is done voluntarily by the industry. As Lyndon Johnson rightly said, this is a social problem and cannot be solved by law. That's what most people don't like about reservation in India - being mandated by the government that this % of admissions/recruitment should be by SC/ST etc. If this goes on, we will just see reservations for all castes/communities with the percentage based on their share in the general population. Which will divide the country, not unite.    



-- Blogger nomadic_waves, 7/27/2005 09:55:00 PM

What about the long years of suppression that the SC/STs had to undergo?Is it not time for us to undo the damage?Reservations are not meant to divide,they are meant to bring parity,equality amongst a certain section of society that has been left feeling deprived.Why grudge them a share of what is rightfully their own.Why feel the pinch when they fill in reserved quota?Are they really eating into the seats meant for more qualified people or are they being given a chance to forge ahead & break from the dreary system that divides.

It is not the reservation policy that divides...it is the Caste System that divides an individual.Unfairness lies not in the reserved quotas but in the way our society has been broken into    



-- Blogger gawker, 8/04/2005 01:21:00 AM

I am not a libertarian. Nevertheless, I think this article in the IE is bogus. What evidence does the author provide to back up his claim that American Universities are admitting Indian / Asian students based on their race / nationality? As far as I know, if there is a scholarship available, all Universities give first preference to American students, and then to students of other nationalities. Further, the affirmative action he refers to in the Univ of Ann Arbor or any university for that matter, only applies to minorities who are American citizens. And his claim that Indian companies are being given lucrative contracts just because they are Indian is just laughable.    



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