Saturday, June 30, 2007

Divide and Rule

The violence and all the politicking in Rajasthan in the beginning of this month is nothing but the ugly head of our country's skewed reservation policy showing itself. Our country's reservation policy may have begun with those who deserved to get a better chance after years of oppression and doing menial jobs, but now with everyone clamouring for a share of the reservation pie it's only about who has a larger share in the votes. The system is so big that there is more reservation than open competition in places like Tamil Nadu (the Backward State).

How can a country that is growing leaps and bounds in the world arena have it's people fighting to be called backward and most backward? People are actually willing to lay down their lives just to be tagged 'backward'! It's a wake-up call for any self-respecting person who loves this country even an iota, yet our politicians seem unperturbed in their quest to divide 'their' country into 'their' vote banks.

Ignoring the fundamental flaw in the concept of reservation in which the ends somehow seem to justify the means and which aims at redressing historic wrongs in a short term. When a portion of certain communities (definitely not communities as a whole) are getting a greater share of the power than they deserve it only leads to widespread discontentment among the rest.

Take Rajasthan for instance, everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that it's the act of the BJP government of including Jats into OBCs, which seems to have fanned the fire simmering inside. Now, Gujjars who are in the OBCs have the idea that their share of the pie has reduced, so, they now want to be included in the Scheduled Tribes. The Meenas who have been having a jolly good time think reservation is their birthright and are threatening to fight tooth and nail even with the slightest suggestion of giving up their exclusive access to the Scheduled Tribe 'Status' and reservation and all the trappings of 'power' that come with it.

Even though it's we the people who elect these bastards to power, even though it's the land of Gandhi, our politicians never rely on logic or reason when dealing with the people who elect them. Even most legitimate problems and issues are ignored by our politicians when presented to the government in a peaceful manner, the Gujjars seem to have understood this well and resorted to all those violence, and loss of lives, which they seem to feel is justified.

A warning to all those bastards ruling India, this is not the first, this won't be the last. Start using your heads, if you don't have a sane one start listening to those who have one before it becomes too late. You've succeeded in about 20 years, in what the Britishers failed for almost a century, You've mastered the art of 'Divide and Rule', it's not time to rejoice, it's time to introspect! Social Justice means eradicating even mention of the word caste not propagating it further by giving it more importance.
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