Quota-my country’s political choice


Justice,equality,emancipation,belief-somewhere my life gets dull and lambasted when such heavy utopian phrases scribe in the air. For long, India has bragged of its stance of being the world’s largest democracy. The pulp of the fact being that about 800 days from now my country will go on to celebrate its 70th year of independence-a great feat for a country whose fate to disintegrate was coupled by the western pandits years back. But still,for me the idea seems to portray little of the great republicanism and loktantra we talk about in our addas of Kolkata. The right to vote has been granted to every individual irrespective of class,caste,creed. Even the barometer of religious choice which has produced havoc many a times has not been a factor as far as the right to universal adult franchise is considered. Though the great extra constitutional conscience keeper called Subramanian Swamy has vouched for not giving franchise to the Muslims if they don’t agree to their Hindu ancestry. 
The right to vote and right to education both have been superficially woven utopian verbatim. While children from the age of 6-14 have moulded the socialist pattern born out of the 42nd Amendment,1976-still the cause of creating a democratic nation creates a mental void. While the top institutes boast of meritocracy, typical reservations seems to flow as some kind of dole which a part of the population deserves even after 68 independent springs. While the Prime Minister gives a call for equality,while RaGa talks about farmer suicide,little do we feel obliged to take on the political whims of blatant opportunism and shameful dignity. The story of Ramsay McDonald’s Communal Award in 1932 august was quashed not by logical thinking,but by doubling the number of seats,being British sponsored to the Dalits through the Divide and Rule propaganda. As the country endowed itself the modern methods of liberalistaion and market economy post 1991,the political mileage regarding Quota-logy has remained ecstatic,lively and a cornerstone of controversy.
When my country is talking about facebook and twitter,following pics on Instagram you hear a certain Mayawati bluffing at Devyani Khobragade’s Dalit ancestry. How many of us knew that the controversial diplomat was a dalit before Behenji pitched on the issue? Isn’t that a coveted gesture of spiralling India into the tomb of fissures and aftershocks? The Dalit cause with a greater social base propelled a new political party called Bahujan Samaj Party under Kanshi Ram. The Congress has used this formula of –poor,Muslims and Dalits as a correct thesis in winning elections during the Indira period. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and eminent economist moderately attacked the myopic vision of the law makers as far as reservations are concerned. Most often, the candour of caste is taken into general view and consideration. But what about the class? The downtrodden Dalit woman who is labelled as a Dayan in 21st century India-what great prospect can the reservations and quotas paint about her?
Does she understand what reservation stands for? What great locomotive can she be provided so that she can fight against a social evil of indifference and backwardness? How can an educational quota ever help a family which gets displaced from their native village just because they refuted the diktat of discontinuing education? Can a social apartheid ever have a political solution? Aarakshan, a film by Prakash Jha showed how immodesty has crept into the idea of the educational system. The character of Manoj Bajpayi and Saif Ali Khan represented contrasting ideals, contradicting self-interests, but a monologous problem of identification. While the poster reflected the two Indias-50% for the open category and 50% towards the reserved,political onslaught looked inevitable. The Uttar Pradesh Government under Mayawati banned the film. The Badals of Punjab showed little traits of Ranjit Singh’s aggression fearing bloodshed and went for a ban. The Dalit fringes were ecstatic as they shared maximum visual space.
They seemed to boil in the fact that Saif Ali Khan’s royal background was misfit to cast him as a Dalit in a film. The JDU,the party for whom Prakash Jha fights every lok Sabha and loses invariably perhaps should also now critically ruminate-the great Nitish Kumar promoted a Maha Dalit to the post of Chief Ministership not again on the basis of merit or substance but on the account of vote bank politics. The BJP which is very preachy of the fact- Development for all, appeasement for none also is not averse to quota politics. During the period of Rajnath Singh’s stewardship in U.P sub quotas were made to accommodate the less priviledged.The Andhra Government has already made a world record of sorts by having a reservation of 2/3 in the state. The Tamil Nadu Government has reservations based on religion. Though, according to Smriti irani such religious reservations are not permitted in the bylanes of the Constitution. Even the UPA bill on Jat reservation was quashed by the Supreme Court.
Author’s crisp thought: The Delhi University first cut off for the undergraduate students are out. For changing a stream it has recorded a cut off eligibility of 100.75%. When we repent about the fact that not a single university excluding the IIT’s are featuring in the top list of world institutes,we have to blame the quotas and quota-logy for that. Well the Congress did try to implement its 4.5% quota for minorities even in the IIT’s. I will only say what Justice Sachar said post the congress genetical endeavour of dole distribution in the pre-election season 
“Such promises (Reservations) will not help the backward section of minorities. It is like befooling them. These people are making tall claims just to win elections.Instead of promising to give reservations, the government should focus on basic issues of improving administration and governance.”
 

Land and ordinance-the moment lacking definition


The Narendra Modi Government completed a splendid three nation tour a few days back.But in the world of agriculturalists,the tug of war on the Land Bill ordinance has created quite a furore.The momentary exhibition of the Politician called Rahul Gandhi is something the nation can be grateful for.

The jingoism of Kisan ka dard has been always used as an ideal edible in the traditional outset..The massive import of investments seen by the Prime Minister’s visit in Canada can make open minded Indians a bit more optimistic.However the FICCI has already showcased more impatience than a groom in the suhagraat.

Ratan Tata,himself a victim of the political onslaught regarding land and farmer rights has preferred to give more time to the Modi government.The grudge of the Congress on the devaluation of the rights of the more vulnerable section of the society reveals the lack of any introspection which allegedly Rahul searched for almost 2 months.

  
Diggy Singh once defined the Congress Party as a liberal,outwardlooking,modernist party.Anand Sharma,the UPA’s Minister of Industry and Commerce tried to bring all the parties in the hatchet,in support of FDI in retail.Call it an accident or sheer intension of opposing for the sake of opposition,the BJP revived the ideas of swaraj and swadeshi at that point of time.

The Congress just seems to replicate the role with great affirmation.The party which spearheaded the reforms of 1991 seems to fall back in the ages of regressive economy.The country is today harbouring a skilled but jobless workforce with unemplyment rates touching nearly 5%.

The Congress programme for inclusive development always focussed on progress for all sections of the society.The usp of the party of such inclusivity was cleverly usurped by Modi who gave the nada(slogan) of saabka saath saabka vikaas.The lack of lustre of the inclusivity of the Party was pre emminent when a jibe of Rahul Gandhi forced the Congress to widhdraw the ordinance which would have given Laloo a right to win a seat in the Lok Sabha.MMS and RaGa were possibly not on the same pillar of strength.Inclusivity?

The Land Bill of Jairam Ramesh was neither here nor there.As Singur has proved,that the opinion of semi literate people may very easily be manipulated without taking into consideration the general functionability of the step on the long run.With practicability being the ultimate determinant of general growth,harping on the values of unionism and satygraha are nothing but factors of an utopian reverie.

The 80% factor seems poised to play the spoiler,if the current logjam of indifferent political parties carry on the drama of obstructionism-an ideology mainly born in the post Nehru period.The Left should not have been so deterministic in its approach to the bill.The Singur acquirement would not only receive legal sanction but will also help a party of white hairs to take a more pragmatic stand.

But even the stand of Congress State Governments have been less than uniform.Hooda’s Haryana,Gogoi’s Assam,Virbhadra’s Himachal have presented their view that the consent clause should be brought down to 50% to 80%.The former Congress ruled Maharashtra as well as Kerala,Karnataka and Manipur had advocated for resticting the consent clause only for large projects.Inclusivity anyone?

The Jairam Ramesh bill may have dealt with ethical laws with utmost high handedness,but the utilising capability of the economy cannot be dealt with morality.Even the Mahatma who practised celibacy to commemorate ethical values did not show an iorta of morality to Subhas Bose in 1939.

The act in its present form(of the Congress) says that consent of 80% of the people who are dependent on the land concerned should be taken into account.I really am a bit disillusioned about how many people are asked for their views before promoters and contractors suddenly lift a flat on the field which till a few days back were playing fields for children.

Besides,the Congress passed bill provides not enough subways about the rehabilitation and resettlement of the evicted.The current government lays down regulation on the issue.Giving compensations to all the people including the landowners not only makes the bill paralysed but actually makes it rigid and inflexible to suit to the changing environment.

This moment of controversy is not only unwarranted but seems to portray a wrestling match where about a dozen parties take on the 56 inch ka chaati.Now will the climax  end like a hearty fight in hardcore porn or will India see another wrestlemania?Well,for that we better watch the ramifications the political spectrm offers!In any way the lack of definition this episode offers may make one intrigued for sure……….