Wednesday, April 26, 2006


This was forwarded to me by my friend Rithvik. I am sure this letter would appeal to cricket crazy India and at the same time put forward the 'No Reservations' stand very strongly indeed. Kudos to the author of this wonderful letter! Read, enjoy and spread the word..."NO RESERVATIONS PLEASE"

"ET has opened a debate on "Is Premji right to go against job quotas in Wipro?"

As expected most of the posts agree with him... here is someone who put his pt in a v diff way.. :)) --------------------------------------------------------

I think we should have job reservations in all the fields. I completely support the PM and all the politicians for promoting this. Let's start the reservation with our cricket team.

We should have 10 percent reservation for muslims. 30 percent for OBC,SC/ST like that. Cricket rules should be modified accordingly. The boundary circle should be reduced for an SC/ST player. The four hit by an OBC player should beconsidered as a six and a six hit by a OBC player should be counted as 8 runs. An OBC player scoring 60 runs should be declared as a century. We should influence ICC and make rules so that the pace bowlers like Shoaib Akhtarshould not bowl fast balls to our OBC player. Bowlers should bowl maximum speed of 80 kilometer per hour to an OBC player. Any delivery above this speed should be made illegal.

Also we should have reservation in Olympics. In the 100 meters race, an OBC player should be given a gold medal if he runs 80 meters.

There can be reservation in Government jobs also. Let's recruit SC/ST and OBC pilots for aircrafts which are carrying the ministers and politicians (that can really help the country..)

Ensure that only SC/ST and OBC doctors do the operations for the ministers and other politicians. (Another way of saving the country..)

Let's be creative and think of ways and means to guide INDIA forward... Let's show the world that INDIA is a GREAT country. Let's be proud of being anINDIAN.. May the good breed of politicans like ARJUN SINGH long live... "

PS: I have nothing against SC/ST/OBC and the lot, but I am totally against reservations in any field. I completely agree with Sarath's views in this respect.


Blogger Nash said...

The sarcasm is noted. Of course, the cricket team is pretty trivial thing compared to the overall implications of this policy. The gravity of the reservation business is not going to be felt because it is applied to the Cricket time, but more so with the Corporate, Education, Scientific fields (in other words, the fields that actually matter on a global scale, unlike sports and arts).

Anyhow, the IIT newsgroups have a lot of discussion regarding this. And enough sarcastic humour to go around. Take a look sometime :)

8:38 pm  
Blogger KK said...

another pertinent point:a huge number of seats reserved for OBC/SC/ST candidates go abegging for lack of willing/qualified candidates.
we need to suggest a solution though, not just state the obvious problem. perhaps a multi-pronged strategy like the one SA has adopted will have a chance of working.

12:19 pm  
Blogger Nash said...

@KK : I think the solution is simple. Provide benefits based in economic status. If that cannot be implemented, forget the benefits, but allow admission only on merit. While admittedly in the latter case, some deserving candidates from the underprivilieged sections will lose out, at least the quality of our knowledgerati will remain on an upward trend.

Reservations are only affirmative action to cause the dumbing of the nation's brains. For sure.

12:46 pm  
Blogger Nash said...

Quote :

I would exhort honorable minister Mr. Arjun Singh to
allot SC/ST/OBC quota in the following:

1. Miss India Beauty Contest: Since backward class
represents 85% of Indian society, hence, women from this
class should also get their "right" to share the beauty
crown. They have long been oppressed by the women from
upper classes and deprived of this title for so many
years. I don’t know wt was ambedkar doing when he was
writing these rules. He totally forgot the plight of
these women!!!

2. Reservations in US visa: Now it is the duty of our
govt to ensure that backward classes should also go to
US for MS/PhD and higher studies for which they get
reservations in India. Therefore the govt. must
negotiate with the US authorities to provide 49%
reservations to the backward classes for annual visas.

3. Indian Cricket Team: Someone earlier said that
SCs/STs/OBCs are not dumb. And someone also talked about
equality. Hence, keeping this in mind, I strongly
suggest that the Indian Cricket team should consist of 6
SC/ST/OBC players. Sachin Tendulkar or Dhoni can be left
out coz they belong to so called "General" category.

4. Prime Minister of India: He should be surely from
backward class. How can a person from upper class rule a
country where the majority is schedule castes?? This is
a total violation of democracy. Everyone knows how these
people from upper classes become prime ministers or HRD
ministers just by snatching all the rights from backward

I don’t know if am getting too much emotional here. Any
one who wants to be more creative can add to this list.



vartak wrote :

Sure, I have one.

5. Since there are fewer women in this country than men, reservations should be
implemented on the total pool of women available for arranged marraige. 85% of the
men who marry should therefore belong to the SC/ST/OBC category.

1:22 pm  
Blogger KK said...

@nash: reservations based on economic status have been tried and as far as i know, it's been a fairly miserable failure.
also, the point is this, reservations are, per se, for those people who DO NOT, generally , have the merit to get through otherwise.
i don't at the moment know what the solution for india is, guess i'll have to think about it.

12:13 pm  
Blogger vani said...

i think the sarcasm in the article clearly points out whats wrong with the reservation policy. instead of teaching the backward how to fight for things we tend to throw things at them like a bone thrown at a dog. I agree that backward should get facilities but not in the form its right now rather than that give them facilities to prepare for competitive exams . this way they can also be proud of themselves and of course nation would benefit

10:15 am  
Anonymous sampath said...

The issue of reservations, theoretically, is a matter of very high scholarliness.

However, the matters that need very high scholarliness are very often easily understood and are stated with unimaginable simplicity by the persons/people living in the scenario of the context.

The parochial and sheerly self promoting caste domination perspective would only bring about foolish expressions though they are wrapped in attractive and influential forms.

The great scholar, Dr. BR Ambedkar, supplied us the right perspective with lot of scholastic exercise. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia too contributed in the same line with similar scholarliness.

A common person from the oppressed castes too would express the same opinion without much sholastic excercise. What is to be noted is that, for such statements on their own being, they don't need much scholastic excercise. And, what is to be noted with much more seriousness it requires a great scholarship to appreciate such generic views.

Comment by shylock

April 27, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

is an appreciable effort to unravel the shallowness that kill the merit in the name of "testing merit". The basic question is what kind of merit and much more basic question is what is the purpose of merit.

4:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this blog while searching for my name on google. Its truly lovely. I haven't a blog myself, so I'm posting anonymously. (this blog of yours has inspired me to start my own, but maybe not now).

This mail was going around in mailing lists and accidently reached me, so I'm not the originator of this mail (as it appears here).


6:59 pm  

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