Stop picking on Raje, its much bigger than her
Last night, I switched on the TV in the faint hope that some channel might, in a rare flash of clarity, throw some light on the real issues surrounding the continuing Gujjar protests in Rajasthan. That was not to be.
All channels were lambasting the Rajasthan CM Vasundara Raje, without telling us how they expected her to pull off a miracle solution. CNN-IBN was the front runner. After failing to make an impression by attacking her for participating in fashion shows promoting handicrafts, this was their moment. No, their program fell flat on its face. Read the transcript to judge the quality for yourself.
Can we blame the media ?
I sent emails to various media outlets many months back, asking them to highlight the burning need to involve data in the current discourse. I gave them links, data, and leads to do stories on the NSSO and other available data. They were invited to use my social cartograms for their purpose without even giving me credit. All they had to do was cross check with their in-house or external social scientists and they would have a front page bestseller, with no effort on their part. Are there no takers for this ?
If you are not going to talk about data, what is left ?
The central question that will torment this country in the days to come is this : “If X, who is so obviously doing well can get backward benefits, why can’t Y, who feels they are losing out ? “
Try debating that without data establishing X’s and Y’s backwardness.
What kind of debate will emerge ? What happens when you actively try to avoid the obvious ? I think we can only have political gossip at best and fanning the flames at worst.
Forget Vasundara Raje, even Superman and Batman together cannot fix this problem.
To fix this problem, you must seek data – which is the truth. Truth will always set you free. (Isnt that our national motto ? Satyameva Jayate) Any takers for that today ?
Do we have it in us to seek answers to these questions ? Can we seek the truth and more importantly can we handle the truth ?
Reminds me of one of the all time great movie dialogs.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son,..
”A Few Good Men – 1992“
1. On what basis were the Jats and others conferred OBC status ? This leads to how does a community (a) get classified as OBC and (b) remain in that classification.
2. Was the OBC group in Rajasthan homogeneous prior to Jats getting OBC status ? Were communities benefiting roughly equally from the prior classification ?
3. Did the inclusion of Jats disturb the homogeneous group ? By how much ?
4. If the Gurjars and Meenas are roughly equally tribal, then what is the rationale for excluding Gurjars from the ST group ?
Of course, if you follow this thread – it will inevitably lead to the southern states. Jats can easily point to the dominant OBCs from the south (esp TN). Soon its back to the basic quesiton. “If they are OBC, why cant we be ?”
It is the last hope.