Wednesday, April 12, 2006

We dont need no education

Optionally backward classes have been given a further boost , they can have 27% reservation in reputed institutions like the IITs and IIMs.My engg college had 50% reservations and my observation was that the OBCs were economically better off than SCs/STs. So I believe that these classes are optionally backward and not due to discrimination by any superior classes.

But anyways, why restrict reservation to education. Reservation should be extended to non-educational sectors too.

For instance, I can never enter the film industry because I am neither Khan nor Kumar. Similarly I cannot be a VJ because I am not from South Mumbai or Juhu. So there have to be reservations there. There are other peculiar cases. There is a strong case for reservation for Tamil women to be heroines in the Tamil film industry. It is dominated by Bombay rejects and non Tamilians. Khushboo, Simran , Nagma, Laila , etc etc. Also there has to be reservation for Lata Mangeshkar in the music industry since she has completely stopped singing after the Peddar road flyover incident. Maybe she would vacate the flat if her employment is guaranteed.

In some jobs like secretaryship I find an oversupply of women from 2-3 communities. For instance, has anyone seen an Iyengar secretary ? Similarly there are entire industries dominated by members of certain communities. Stock broking for instance is dominated by Gujjus. Again we need brokers of all communities and castes. Other jobs which really need reservations are truck driving ( Oye paape) and nursing ( Simbly mallu) . Maybe there are too many South Indians in accounts also. Reservations in such jobs are badly needed to break the monotony.

Sports is another area where I think we should have reservations. So what if the time taken to run 100 m is same as 400 m. We have to be fair. The quota system in cricket was a step in the right direction. People were tired of seeing cricketers from Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Bengal tigers showed us how matches could be won.

So once we take a holistic view to reservation, life would be probably more interesting.


At 4:05 AM, Blogger shikha said...

Jayesh...imagine,that the next time i need to go to a doctor..i will first have to check his surname!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Known said...

Reservations are legislative response to historical social and economic injustices.
India(ns) do not need reservations if 85% of their marriages are inter-religious and inter-caste.

At 3:53 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

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