Who would have thunk It

I came, I saw and I lazed around.

Wet dreams for a truly developed blissful India

Disclaimer: I just realised that i have inadventantly 'internalized' either a blog post or comment that used the 'don't feed the people who just ate' metaphor. Since I didnt receive a 500k check (yet) for this post, i do intend to let that metaphor live on in my blog. And no, i am not planning any rewrites either! 

I saw this post on Sagaro's blog. I wanted to leave a comment but found myself typing furiously sentence after sentence. Since I realised I feel rather strongly about this and have quite a few things to say, I decided to write this in its own blog post.

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Sagaro/gapp

You mentioned something about the constitution giving 22.5% to SC/ST and any lay abiding Indian citizen should accept that. You do know that Dr. Ambedkar, who was primarily responsible for such a quota system, didn't intend it to be a permanent system? He wanted the system to fade out and be completely gone. Whatever happened to that? The logic is simple – given the 'downtrodden' people X years to catch up. At the end of that period the play field should be levelled. And if there are still some who are, from that point onwards, unable to compete – well they are just stupid or incompetent. And there will always be incompetents in a population – are we to forever let them play catch up?? And why are the children of a person who already utilized the quota system to get a seat or job still allowed to use the quota ? Didnt they already get a chance to catch up? And if they have caught up and are in a financially good position, why are they taking up the seats that could go to another deserving SC/ST/BC/OBC candidate, let alone a deserving FC?

You say 50+ years wasnt enough? You say in the first 50+ years the plan wasn't implemented properly and there was still too much oppresion? Well i am sure we acn all agree that the FC are no longer the dominant force in politics or pretty much any other field. The Brahmins arent the veto force any more. Agreed? Let us start with today being Day Zero. Come up with an estimate – say 50 more years ( or heck even 100 more). Formulate some 'X' based quota system. Make sure those who have eaten arent the only ones eligible for more food over and over again.

At the end of the period determined, abolish the quota system and let merit be the only criteria. Throw in some need based assistance (more on how below). AFTER someone gets a seat based on merit, give them need based scholarship to pay for the seat. This would start with grade school and go all the way upto graduate study. Think the SC/ST/BC/OBC community would accept this? Or for that matter the vote bank pandering politicians who use this as a spring board to election victories at the expense of the only true suffering minority in India – the so called Forward Castes? ( yeah ok, some frustration here. Sue me for being pissed that i get a 90th percentile and find morons with 65th percentile getting admission before me. And the aforementioned morons invariably being far richer than my family )

How to have a feasible ( and as cheat proof as possible) Need based quota system:
( Or, wet dreams for a truly developed and blissful India )

Step 1) Make Income tax system better. Make it so that every body making any income, be it in bank jobs or by hauling garbage and rotting slush from farmlands files taxes. The american tax system can be used as a template – take the good, and learn from the mistakes. We are already rather developed in terms of the IT infrastructure this might need.

Step 2) Use Tax ID ( from the properly implemented system in step 1 ) to figure out NEED.

Step 3) Subsidize schooling upto 5th standard for all – across the board. Keep the politicians who would be obviously licking their lips at the sight of all the money away by meticulous accouting. (Well this IS my wet dream, remember?)

Step 4) Starting with middle school, since the kids already have had equal opportunity to get to this point, let merit be the sole criteria for getting admission.

Step 5) Once someone gains admission, use the NEED system to figure out if they can be approved for a scholarship.

Step 6) Step back and bask in the glory that is Mother India – opportunities for the smart, gutter cleaning jobs for the truly stupid and/or lazy bums.

step 7) Wake up and cry ?? 😦 ( I have been unable to avoid getting to this point so far, but one can only hope …)

May 17, 2006 Posted by | Blogger, India, Musings, Politics, Reservations | 4 Comments

Da Vinci Code – India’s I & B Ministry Wusses out for now

NDTV is reporting that India's Information and Broadcasting (I & B) ministry is holding back the release of the movie 'Da Vinci Code'. The Censor board of India, the regulatory body that controls what is appropriate material in a movie and provides appropriate rating to movies, has cleared the film. Inspite of that, the I & B is holding the release citing 'sensitive subject' as a reason. We already know that many christian leaders are opposed to the movie being released and many have petitioned the Indian government regarding the issue.

All i can say is that for a secular government to give in to this bullshit is beyond reproach. The movie is being screened in that prudest of all christian societies – the US, for heaven's sake (yeah, the irony of the term 😉 ). The government should not be the one to decide if a movie is touching sensitive issues. And esp not pander to vote banks. As long as the censor board clears a movie with the appropriate rating, it should be allowed to be screened. Let the people decide if they want to see it or not. I was happy when movies such as Deepa Mehta's Fire were allowed to be screened. But looks like we have taken a turn for the worse again.

I have decided to protest against all depictions of noodles/pastas and related foods ( Esp those darn Maggie Ads). If we do not raise against this blasphemy HE will not bless us with His 'noodly appendage'. RAmen !

May 16, 2006 Posted by | India, Movies, Musings, Pastafarism, Politics, Religion | 8 Comments