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Tag 23

I have just one question.

That was the fifth sentence in the 23rd post on this blog.

So what's the point? K of Presstalk had tagged me.

That post was about the persistent discrimination of Dalits in tsnumai relief programmes several months after the tsunami.

I don't want to say much more about that. Saket and other anti-reservationist right-wing bloggers won't see my point because they don't want to. They will blog at the next given opportunity about how reservations are responsible for all our ills, how we have thrown meritocracy out of the window; but how often do you find them making posts about caste discrimination? All they would say about it is that it's 'bad', 'unfortunate'. They will say that the 'solution' is 'education'; but what when the educated discriminate?

I know what they will say: you can't use "anecdotal evidence" to make a generalisation.

Ah, but how many anecdotes do they want to accept the truth of caste in the city?

Some time ago I did a study of a partucular profession in a particular city and I would like them to refute what I found.

Anyway, I am supposed to pass on this tag to five bloggers: Saket, River, Ballofyarn, Harini, and Patrix.

Here's what you have to do:
1. delve into your blog archive.
2. find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. tag five people to do the same.

Update (6 Oct): The tag was taken up by Saket, Patrix, River, and Harini. I see that my title "Tag 23" has been used by some of them.

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-- Blogger Vulturo, 10/03/2005 06:57:00 pm

Education doesn't mean education just in the books/degree sense. Education has wider scope    

-- Blogger Tarun, 10/04/2005 09:11:00 am

I used to be pro-reservation until I realised that reservations are doing nothing for the economically-backward people. People in need of food and work will never get these things, its been like that for 58 years. If reservations were really all that great, there should be good progress to show for it. I think at best, reservations give the lower-middle class or the urban-poor an opportunity.

Villages are still not self-reliant and we havent gained the economic stability of rural-India, and I think reservations cannot do that. They are enforcing the class divide instead of bridging it.

We should really study China's socio-economic (I am aware that they dont have the class diversity India does) or give Gandhi's ideas a try.    

-- Blogger K, 10/04/2005 12:06:00 pm

Shivam, while I do not disagree with the concept of affirmative action or whatever you want to call Reservation- let me tell you a small story. One batch junior to me, there was this guy from Cal. His dad was an IAS officer, and he had spent the last six or seven years in a top-notch Cal public school and he made it to college on the SC quota. What meritocracy? Do you think its fair that a person with access to the same standards of education like you or me and from the same section of society should get a seat in top-grade institution or a government job? In fact, this guys admission on quota disgusted many people - I don't mind if someone from the boondocks makes it through, but for gods sake!
While reservation of seats for socially backward sections of society is an admirable thing, note I say admirable, the system is abused to the core. I read your piece on castism in the media in Lucknow - quite an eye-opener - yet what is the cure you suggest - reservation in the private sector?    

-- Blogger Sumit Chachra, 10/07/2005 12:09:00 am

I agree with K. One of my friends in school went on to have rank 11 in IIT JEE based on ST quota. I think the reservation benefits are slowly percolating to the 2nd generation which is BAD BAD BAD!    

-- Blogger Ellipsis, 10/07/2005 02:06:00 pm

thanks for the tag.:) will get down to it over the next couple of days..    

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