Monday, April 10, 2006

Reservation is a crime against humanity

Also read: Reservation Vs. Communism

A letter to the president

What is common between German Holocaust, Srilankan Genocide (that wiped off all the top-performing Tamils in 1950's and became a seed for today's crisis), Russia's communism and India's reservation? They are all wars against a performing minority by unperforming majority. Worse, the war is so subtle that the victims are deaf against the drums of war. It is a slow and painful torture...

I wrote my previous post on the draconian proposals to introduce the concept called 'Reservation' (which literally means, specific sections of society should be entitiled to a minimum number of positions in an institution regardless of how poor r they for the slated position) in India's elite institutions. The article was quoted in Times of India. Few people wrote me back. From their opinion and from what I found on other news sources, so many people favored reservation should be based on economic or dwelling place background (people from rural places should get a preference). The biggest problem in this approach is the concept of reservation itself. I'm not saying that reservation should not be based on caste, etc. I'm saying that there should nothing called reservation itself - be it based on caste, sex, economic level, etc.

I believe that institutions should be based on performance, just as how the sports are based on pure performance. If someone doesnt have a skill to score century, forget becoming a Tendulkar. U cant become a Tendulkar or Agassi or Schumi unless u perform like them. Simple!!! It nurtures competition, inspiration and motivation. It also helps the society know who is a TEndulkar differentiated from some poor batsman. Tendulkar is Tendulkar, Einstein is Einstein, a donkey is a donkey and A is A.

If suppose Indian cricket board decides that 20% of Indian team should be from rural places, or should go to poor or lower castes, or if olympic committe decides that 30% of olympic medals should go to underprivileged wont you consider the proposal bullshit? Or suppose, if the Nobel committee decides that some poor scientist X's work is better than Einstein's Relativity just because X is poor or from underprieveleged sex or community, wont you feel the committee is doing injustice to science?

Reservation is not just illogical and stupid, but it is a crime against humanity. By giving the undeserved a place, you r denying the life for a deserving candidate. Whenever you reserve specific portions in an institution you kill the hopes and aspirations of those young guys, whose life is destroyed by denying him/her a place. You are also belittling the good performers from those underprivileged sections, who would have won positions on merit. By providing reservation for seats for poor performers in their community, the entire society would see even that good performer as someone who is unworthy of merit. This cycle of guilt and inferiority complex would run ad-infinitum. Thus, there wont be any motivation for persons from those communities to perform and only this can bring down their community, and not the absence of their people in the big institutions.

Reservation based on any criteria - caste, creed, background, economy, sex... denies a good performer a chance, in the society. You are unjustly punishing him/her for the sole act of good performance. Once a society punishes a performer for good performance, the society loses its right to E X I S T.... (In case of Germany, millions were dead and Europe was transformed, for Russia it collapsed and disintegrated and Sri Lanka has plunged into an everlasting crisis. Which one of these paths, do you desire for INDIA?)


Aaditya said...

the whole reservation is a complex labyrinth.. its purpose is self defeating.. it only works for deeping casteism in society

Rasheed Sheikh said...

Arjun Singh :- We have decided to introduce reservation quota in Islam
Osama :- See I am a Sunni. So we are like your brahmin community. You can
take the Shia"s . They are the muslim dalits.
Arjun Singh:- Ok. In that case we will have a reservation for the Shia's.
Ayatollah Khoemeini:- Bastards, let me tell you...the Sunni's are
worse than ST's n BC's n OBC's.
Arjun Singh:- Ok. Today there is a meeting with Laloo Prasad and Mulayam. We
will decide whom to give the special status.
Gadaffi:- Wow this sounds good....let me introduce this trend in my country.
There's nothing much to do nowadays.
Musharraf:- The Indians definitely inspire the world. Look at pakistan. We are busy sorting out
the reservation quota.
OBC - Khan, Sheikh
SC - Mujawar, Ali, Anwar
ST - Mujaheeds ( LeT, Jaish e Mohammad)

Balaji said...

Rasheed Sheikh, that was an interesting illustration of this pandora's box. Reservation is also against minorities and to remove this injustice, we should remove the whole concept itself, otherwise we would face a clan struggle, like you suggested

Anonymous said...

I demand 100% reservation all over india for SC/ST/OBC. Nobody can stop that anyways. Manmohan Singh, Abdul Kalam and Sonia Gandhi all are educated people. Don't you think so? If not sure let me tell you "Yes they are?". These people who have power and see the country going down the drain just want power. Why shouln't them. Who will oppose them? Nobody cares about country anyways. So I demand 100% reservation. Please Arjun Singh if you are reading this blog (Wish you could) go ahead with 100% quota.I will support you. But at the same time I need just one new law to be passed by our great impressive silent useless judicial system to give immunity to all nonquota people from all crimes including murder, robbery, gang violence and whatever else is out there. The people from non quota have only the crimes in their future and you are making sure that brilliant people join crime and stupid ones government. What a combination for shining India. Our future is secure and we wish well for our beloved country.
I appeal to our judges to pass this new law giving immunity to all brilliant people from any crimes because that's there future.
No need to worry with 100% reservation. Are you? With 100% reservation all non quota people can start their crime career using their god gifted mind at their childhood and this way they will be master in their domain by the age of 20 or so. It will be fun to see a country where good brains working on crime side and rotten ones on stopping them(if they know that's what they need to do).

Balaji said...

that was interesting. I wish u had put ur name.

Teja said...

The preferential treatment for backward classes starts right from the exam fee. The first question that arises therefore is are all the SC/ST category people economically
weaker than the forward class students? I suspect this wouldnt be the case. A big pie of the minority community are not really financially very underprevileged. A fancy thought here would be, what about the children of an backward class ex-IITian who is presently in a plush Govt job thanks to the reservations in the public sector as well?
Should they too be given preferential treatement over a financially-backward forward-class student? That would be really ridiculous. The trademark of JEE exam is in its testing of "Brilliance" and "Intellect". The trademark of CAT exam is in its testing the "Smart thinking", "Speed" and "Accuracy" faculties of the test-givers. But then no where does the logic of making it easy for the backward class students look sound.

But the question per se is not about providing reservations in the first place but to increase the quota upto 50%. That too, we are talking about the top academic instituions of India, where the general opinion is that the best and the brilliant lot of the people would be admitted after years of hard work and perseverance. Honestly, the govt is not doing justice to its intentions. If the intention is to bring up the backward classes to the intellectual levels of other forward class students, the trick is not to provide quotas but to better the infrastructure of schools and colleges in rural areas, provide good faculty right from the school level so that even the average student regardless of his caste, creed or religion stays competitive. The trick is to motivate the backward classes through better education and better career consultancy than to motivate them through reservations.

And at university level, more reservations and more bias are not a very good practices, as in such a typical ambience, all the students treat themselves as the equals among the best. That is the age when the students even share their soap and the shaving set. Creating any sort of innate differences among them would only prove very non-healthy. The reservations already present are ok, everyone got used to it. The only appeal is please do not make them more glaring.

dev. said...
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dev. said...

Just putting a reservation itself is self serving bullshit derogatory remark for OBC's
that they are the "NON-PERFOMER"
;till now they were compared at par with general but with this tag they would be considered irresponsible and useless .This is move is not to elevate the status of obc's but to sell them in the hands of cheap caste poltics.......

Balaji said...

Hi dev,
I agree that this would surely be derogatory for our OBC friends, as they would be portrayed in poor light.

Anonymous said...

@anonymous- An usual stupid article.

1 "The people from non quota have only the crimes in their future and you are making sure that brilliant people join crime and stupid ones government."

I agree with this...But this was done already by "MANU" in MANU DHARMA which rottened the whole country by not doing nothing to the common people and created just "muggers" and a trained living robots.

2) "Are you? With 100% reservation all non quota people can start their crime career using their god gifted mind at their childhood "

God gifted children after 60 years of independence also have not brought more than just 3 NOBEL AWARDS in science..

1 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar &
2 C.V. Raman,( Brahmin and both are relatives)

3 Har Gobind Khorana,( Non-brahmin)

what about 80 % of merit students studying in ellite institutes. Are the merit students work for country. No they are under imperialism and self centric. So whatz the point in discussing "BOGUS MERIT" theory.


CAT training centers: Fees?/location
JEE training centers:Fees?/location
ENGG enterance training centers:
Fees ? /location
"A" class school : Fees?/location

(check the percentage of Dalit/OBC/BC in the above training centers )

who are attending the above?.
Only the so called "Bright society" who got educated from the british before leaving india.

Who are they?. They were the old children of manu's (2000 yrs) reservation. So the competition was never opened to all implicitly.

Even a donkey can be trained to do clear the so called merit exams, if it have enough Money and proper communication/city based life.

4) Much of the lower castes were not to be taken as the ones as defined in vedas or any hardcore hindu sacred texts. Lower castes also include the society which opposed varna's based division/buddhism/jainist followers in a hindu conquered kingdoms...

5) "The first question that arises therefore is are all the SC/ST category people economically
weaker than the forward class students?"

The same question that arises therefore is are all the forward category people economically
weaker than the SC/STs students?

Go and compare the percentage...

Reservation is for not economically backward classes



Anonymous said...

The last anonymous writing is clearly the writing of someone who understands the debate, the issues and makes a clear point.

The blogger on the other hand is merely emotional and resorts to verbatim jibber-jabber.

He definitely seems book smart (from his webpage) but has little to offer by way of logical thinking to the issue. So he should just STOP.

If this is the nature and implementation of intelectual thought among the priviledged learned, it is clear as to who needs reservation.

Anonymous said...

Why not reservations:

1. In the Indian Parliament – out of 542 at least 266 (49%) seats should be reserved dalits. This would ensure that the “peoples’ representatives” would be at least expected to be honest in their intentions and perhaps better serve the Dalit Cause.
2. In the government – out of the five most important portfolios (going by the zest with which these are chased by our spotless politicians), Defence, Home, Finance, Railways and External Affairs, at least two should go to the Dalits. In one case (unresolved because of vagaries of nature and arithmetic) the portfolio should alternate between a Dalit and a non-Dalit (can’t find a better way to describe OTHERS) every six months.
3. In the armed forces – 49 of every 100 officers / soldiers should be from SC / ST / OBC …………
4. In the list of awardees of such institutions (though government controlled) as Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan etc.
5. In awards like Jnanpeeth – every alternate year we should have a candidate from the quota bench
6. In premier institutions like the IIMs and IITs, - half of these should be headed by the Dalits.
7. In every school, college and institutes of any hue and color (aided or not) -have every second teacher / professor from the dalit section.
8. In the health services – every second cancer specialist, brain surgeon, knee joint replacement specialist (a must for our knee jerk politicians) should have Dalit Card.
9. In the space program – if you can’t find a suitable candidate from the dalit bench, scrap our (OVER)ambitious trek to the MOON. Guys, are we not “misoverestimating” ourselves.
10. In Indian cricket team and for that matter in any other national or state level sports teams.
11. In the film industry – every second film should have lead actors from the quota. Likewise the director, music composer, song & script writer should all be from the dalit category.

Our unscrupulous politicians are destroying the country to gain votes. Nobody talks about the real issues. Check out the government run schools – some have them don’t have teachers and even a roof over their heads. PC has been fleecing us every day in the name of EDUCATION CESS but results are there for each one of us to see. Every year these are the institutions we have the most dismal results. Our worthy politicians talk about brain drain. These scoundrels are making all efforts to see that we including our brains rot in the drain that they are making our country of. I can understand and empathize with the feeling the Manipuris, Nagas, Kashmiris and scores of others have as a result of decades of insensitiveness to their needs and feelings. Every day, thousands of illegal aliens are entering the country. Nobody bothers. In fact they are the future vote prospects of our netas and their babalogs (waiting in the wings for their dadas & papas to conk off and take over). I don’t want to go into raptures of minority / majority (in any case, as we are given to understand by our worthy netas, dalits in this country form 80% of the population), I only like to see what is right and wrong for the country at large).

Anonymous said...

this is in response to the comments made y anonymous in support of reservations.

If you think that people with merit are not serving this country, what proportion of people who claim reservation are serving this country. I am from Hyderabad and I can tell 90% of eng students go to USA irrespective of their reservation status.

You are saying that an donkey can get in to elite educations if they have money. There are many donkeys in city who live in cities and have money. Why do they need reservations.

Reservation is not a solution for uplifting socailly suppressed people. Government is working it as a easy solution and also a cheap vote bank policy. If a person has become a doctor using reservation policy why the hell his children need reservation. They are already have a value in society. Government can not abolish the reservation policy because no party has the guts.
They should atleast can do folowing things
Children of a person who used reservation can not claim reservation
one can use reservation only oce in his life time
like for education or job or promotion.
You can claimm reservation at every place- School, Gradutaion, POst graduation, Jobs, Promotions where does it end.

You should analyse your statements.

Naveen Malay

vijay said...

Below are rules from various sacred texts which were implemented in Indian Society till 1852 when Mahatma Phule started first school for females and Shudras.

It is sad to learn that present females and elite select OBCs are against reservation. Can they take few minutes to understand what happened to their forefathers / mothers and the effect of the same to their entire mindset. Have care ful reading:

· I – 91. "One occupation only the Lord prescribed to the shudra - to serve meekly even these other three castes."
· I – 93. "As the Brahmana sprang from (Prajapati’s i.e. God’s) mouth, as he was first-born, and as he possesses the veda, he is by right the lord of this whole creation."
· II – 31. "Let (the first part of ) a brahmin’s (denote) something auspicious, a kshatriya’s name be connected with power and a vaishya’s with wealth, but a Shudra’s (express something) contemptible."
· II – 100. "Whatever exists in the world is the property of the Brahmana; on account of the excellence of his origin the Brahmana is indeed, entitled to it all."
· VIII – 37. "When a learned Brahmin has found treasure, deposited in former (times), he may take even the whole (of it); for he is the master of everything."
· VIII – 270. "A shudra who insults a twice born man with gross invective, shall have his tongue cut out; for he is of low origin."
· VIII – 271. "If he mentions names and castes of the (twice born) with contumely, an iron nail, ten fingers, shall be thrust red hot into his mouth."
· IX – 189. "The property of a Brahmana must never be taken by the king, that is a settled rule; but (the property of men) of other castes the king may take on failure of all (heirs)."
· IX – 317. "A Brahmin, whether learned or ignorant, is a powerful divinity."
· X – 129. "No collection of wealth must be made by a shudra even though he be able to do it; for a shudra who has acquired wealth gives pain to Brahmana."
· XI – 261-62. "A Brahmana who has killed even the peoples of the three worlds, is completely freed from all sins on reciting three times the Rig, Yajur or Sama- Veda with the Upanishad."
· XII. 4. "If the shudra intentionally listens for committing to memory the veda, then his ears should be filled with (molten) lead and lac; if he utters the veda, then his tongue should be cut off; if he has mastered the veda his body should be cut to pieces."
The Manusmriti is also condemned as highly anti-feminist.
· IX – 3 . "Her father protects (her) in childhood, her husband protects (her) in youth and her sons protect (her) in old age; a woman is never fit for independence."
· IX – 18. "Women have no business with the text of the veda."
· IX - 17. "(When creating them) Manu allotted to women (a love of their) bed, (of their) seat and (of) ornament, impure desires, wrath, dishonesty, malice, and bad conduct."

There are also many subsets in each caste. Dvija = twice-born (twice-born = upper 3 castes or sometimes just Brahmin caste particularly). Some Hindus have a delusion that caste is not promoted by any of their holy books. Is that really so? Let's find out:
"By his very birth a Brahmin is a deity even for the gods and the only authority for people in this world, for the Veda is the foundation in this matter." -- Manusmrti 11:85.
"People here whose behavior is pleasant can expect to enter a pleasant womb, like that of a woman of the Brahmin, the Ksatriya, or the Vaisya caste. But people of foul behaviour can expect to enter the foul womb, like that of a dog, a pig, or an outcaste woman." -- Chandogya Upanisad 5:10:7.
"If a man of one birth (Sudra) hurls cruel words at one of the twice-born, his tongue should be cut out, for he was born from the rear-end. If he mentions their name or caste maliciously, a red-hot iron nail ten-fingerslong should be thrust into his mouth. If he is so proud as to instruct priests about their duty, the king should have hot oil poured into his mouth and ears." -- Manusmrti 8:270-272.
"If a man of inferior caste tries to sit down on the same seat as a man of superior caste, he should be branded on the hip and banished, or have his buttocks cut off." -- Manusmrti 8:281.
"If in the process of negotiating betrothal there are first ten suitors of the non-Brahmana varna for a woman (the marriageable girl), all of them lose their claims of marriage and, only the Brahmin, the learned one, if he grasps her hand would be her husband and only he. Not even the man of Ksatriya varna and not even the man of Vaisya varna but only the Brahmin is the husband of the bride in such cases of claimants of betrothal, and the sun, as it appears, revealing this fact to the people of five classes (4 varnas and the fifth avarna) rises up." -- Atharva Veda 5:17:8-9.
"If someone born in a Ksatriya, Vaisya, or Sudra womb should be unable to pay his fine, he may absolve himself of the debt by labour; a Brahmin should pay little by little. The king should have women, children, madmen, and the old, the poor, and the ill chastised with a whip, a bamboo cane, a rope, and so forth." -- Manusmrti 9:229-230.
"The Sudra's duty and supreme good is nothing but obedience to famous Brahmin householders who know the Veda. If he is unpolluted, obedient to his superiors, gentle in his speech, without a sense of 'I', and always dependent on the Brahmins and the other (twice-born castes), he attains a superior birth (in the next life)." -- Manusmrti 9:334-335.
"…thereby the Ksatriya, whenever he likes, says, 'Hello Vaisya, just bring to me what you have stored away!' Thus he both subdues him and obtains possession of anything he wishes by dint of this very energy." -- Satapatha Brahmana 1:3:2:15.
"One-fourth of (the punishment for) Brahmin-killing is traditionally regarded as (the punishment) for the killing of a Ksatriya, one-eighth for (killing) a Vaisya, and it should be one-sixteenth for (killing) a Sudra who knows his place." -- Manusmrti 11:127.
"A Brahmin is a great deity whether or not he is learned, just as fire is a great deity whether or not it is brought to the altar. The purifying fire with its brilliant energy is not defiled even in cremation grounds, and when oblations of butter are placed in it at sacrifices it grows even greater. Thus Brahmins should be revered in every way, even if they engage in all kinds of undesirable actions, for this is the supreme deity. If the Ksatriyas become overbearing towards the Brahmins in any way, the Brahmins themselves should subdue them, for the Ksatriyas were born from the Brahmins." -- Manusmrti 9:317-320.
"A Ksatriya in adversity may also make a living by all of these (means); but he should never be so proud as to assume the livelihood of his betters. If a man of the lowest caste should, through greed, make his living by the innate activities of his superiors, the king should confiscate his wealth and banish him immediately. One's own duty, (even) without any good qualities, is better than someone else's duty well done; for a man who makes his livingby someone else's duty immediately falls from (his own) caste." -- Manusmrti 10:95-97.
"With whatever limb an inferior insults or hurts his superior in caste, of that limb the king shall cause him to be deprived. If he places himself on the same seat with his superior, he shall be banished with a mark on his buttocks. If he spits on him, he shall lose both lips; If he breaks wind against him, his hind parts; If he uses abusive language, his tongue. If a (lowborn) man through pride gives instruction (to a member of the highest caste) concerning his duty, let the king order hot oil to be dropped into his mouth. If a (low-born man) mentions the name or caste of a superior revilingly, an iron pin, ten inches long, shall be thrust into his mouth (red hot)." -- Visnusmrti 5:19-25.
"His (Purusa's) mouth became the Brahmin; his arms were made into the Ksatriya, his thighs the Vaisya, and from his feet the Sudra was born." -- Rig Veda 10:90:12.
In comparison, Sudras are as low as feet & Outcastes (avarna) are even below that status of course.
"Candalas must live out of the town, and their clothes must be the mantles of the deceased." -- Visnusmrti 16:14.
"These (castes) should live near mounds, trees, and cremation-grounds, in mountains and in groves, recognizable and making a living by their own innate activities. But the dwellings of 'Fierce' Untouchables (candala) and 'Dog-cookers' (svapaca) should be outside the village; they must use discarded bowls, and dogs and donkeys should be their wealth. Their clothing should be the clothes of the dead, and their food should be in broken dishes; their ornaments should be made of black iron, and they should wander constantly. A man who carries out his duties should not seek contact with them; they should do business with one another and marry with those who are like them. Their food, dependent upon others, should be given to them in a broken dish, and they should not walk about in villages and cities at night." -- Manusmrti 10:50-54.
"If one who (being a member of the Candala or some other outcaste) must not be touched, intentionally defiles by his touch one who (as a member of a twice-born caste) may be touched (by other twice-born persons only), he (or she) shall be put to death. If a woman in her courses (touches such a person), she shall be lashed with a whip." -- Visnusmrti 5:104-5.

There is ample justification in the Gita alone to maintain caste divisions & oppressions; here are Lord Krsna's words:
"It is far better to perform one's svadharma (prescribed duties), even though faultily, than another's duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one's own duty is better than engaging in another's duties, for to follow another's path is dangerous." -- Bhagavad-Gita 3:35.
"According to the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion, ignorance) and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society (Brahmin/Ksatriya/Vaisya/Sudra) are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable." -- Bhagavad-Gita 4:13.
"It is better to engage in one's own svadharma (occupation), even though one may perform it imperfectly, than to accept another's occupation and perform it perfectly. Duties prescribed according to one's nature are never affected by sinful reactions." -- Bhagavad-Gita 18:47.
Lord Rama (who, like Lord Krsna, is an Avatar of Lord Visnu) would be in complete accord with the above quotes; after all, he killed an innocent Sudra, Sambuka, only because he was performing austerities which were not prescribed duties for low-castes (ref. Ramayana 7:88-89).
"(The king) should make a Vaisya engage in trade, lend money, farm the land, or keep livestock; and (he should make) the Sudra the slave of the twice-born. A Brahmin should out of mercy support both a Ksatriya and a Vaisya if they are starved for a livelihood, and have them carry out their own innate activities. But if a Brahmin, out of greed and a sense of power, makes twice-born men who have undergone the transformative rituals do the work of slaves against their will, the king should make him pay a fine of six hundred (pennies). He may, however, make a Sudra do the work of a slave, whether he is bought or not bought; for the Self-existent one created him to be the slave of the Brahmin. Even if he is set free by his master, a Sudra is not set free from slavery; for since that is innate in him, who can take it from him? There are seven ways that slaves come into being: taken under a flag (of war), becoming a slave in order to eat food, born in the house, bought, given, inherited from ancestors, or enslaved as a punishment. A wife, a son, and a slave: these three are traditionally said to have no property; whatever property they acquire belongs to the man to whom they belong. A Brahmin may with confidence take away any possession from a Sudra; for since nothing at all can belong to him as his own, his property can be taken away by his master. (The king) should make the Vaisya and the Sudra carry out their own innate activities diligently; for if the two of them should slip from their own innate activities, they would shake this universe into chaos." -- Manusmrti 8:410-418.

"The Namadheya (naming-rite) must be performed as soon as the term of impurity (caused by the birth of the child) is over. (The name to be chosen should be) auspicious in the case of a Brahmana; Indicating power in the case of a Ksatriya; Indicating wealth in the case of a Vaisya; Indicating contempt in the case of a Sudra." -- Visnusmrti 27:5-9.

Anonymous said...

reservation in india should be stopped when "a brahmin guy marries a sc girl and a poor sc guy marries a poor brahmin girl" and the whole indian society doesnt have problem with it