Saturday, April 08, 2006

Of Mandal and Patkar

Really, people must be confused on reading the title. What do these two people have in common or in difference or in any way to be related so. Let me make things a bit clear. Now Mandal here refers to the now famous or infamous Mandal Commission and its recommendations. For people still in the dark, let me be a bit more clear. The Commission has something to do with increasing reservation for the backward classes in institutions including the IITs and the IIMs. A lot of debate has been going on thanks to the recommendations. One striking point is, if a person is able to come all the way upto a postgraduation degree, then it just means that the person has been able to afford and cope with all his education upto then. Does such a person need more reservation for further studies? Should'nt the government be concentrating more on providing primary education to everyone? Fine, let us assume it is necessary. Let us assume that the government is trying its level best to emancipate the needy and backward people. Going under the assumption that most of the backward people would be illiterate and hence poor too,the government is in turn trying to emancipate the poor. Agreed.


Its at this point that I am struck by the irony. By now, even if you have not got familiar with the Mandal Commission and its recommendations, you would certainly be knowing about the uproar created by the fast observed by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar. To put it in a nutshell, it has something to do with the problem in rehabilitation of numerous poor people due to the raise in the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam. This lady was forcibly removed from wherever she was fasting, after a week of callous attitude on part of the Government and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where she still refuses Intraveneous food. What is this lady trying to do? Is'nt she fighting her utmost for the cause of the poor?


If the Government is really bothered about the condition of the backward classes, should'nt it be concentrating more on such pressing issues than bringing in a reservation which is going to benefit more the second and third generation of such backward classes, to be more precise, socially, but not economically backward classes, who know most of these facilities and hence are able to avail them without any trouble?

5 comments:

Calligenia said...

true.....most ppl take advantage of their social position to get seats into big institutes ......whereas those who are really in poor economic condition are deprived of them....This has till now been in Anna university,MEdical colleges..but now this has crept on to more prestigious institutes like IIMs...whic is a serious issue to be considered.........

Vijay N said...

hey, i really havent been following the mandal commission story much, jus tell me one thing, are the recommendations gonna take effect from this academic year?

ivak said...

no one is sure abt that... but the iims are inc the seats this yr so even if it does take effect this yr we wud stil be competing for the same number of unreserved seats i guess

Ankit said...

Hello came to ur blog via iimc yahoo grp.
Well i u are true in stating that mandal commission never remarkly noted the 50 % reservation clause .
its the dirty politics of india...

keep bloging

preeti said...

u r very true Kavitha..
this reservation in IIT has no meaning
rather if somebody could uplift the downtrodden this country would have progressed better