Reality Check India

Brilliant Social Study – We need more like these

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on May 19, 2006

We repeatedly point out that one of the biggest problems is an absolute lack of social study. Even simple data like how each community has benefitted from the quota system is impossible to come by. The current issue is about extending this unmonitored system to our highest levels of research and education.

Back to the topic, we present a brilliant study by Elisabetta Basile and Barbara Hariss-White from the Department of Public Economics of Oxford University.

These two scholars conducted a detailed study of castes SC/STs/MBCs/OBCs/FCs in Arni, North Arcot TN. The paper is refreshing and we need more studies like this. It points to the intertwining of politics and quotas, it talks about a latent desire for many communities to be classified as a lower caste ! Very refreshing read.

http://www2.qeh.ox.ac.uk/pdf/qehwp/qehwps38.pdf

The most interesting quote was:

Member of the (state) Legislative Assembly, belonging to the then ruling AIADMK (All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – the Annadurai branch of the Dravidian People’s movement – led by the mistress of the late filmstar and political leader M.G. Ramachandran: J.Jayalalitha)

Ah ! The irreverance, I have never heard anyone describe Jayalatita that way. What a dose of realitycheck ! like only a westerner could give us.

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  1. barbarindian said, on May 19, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Basically the arguments have boiled down to this:

    http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?slug=TN+students+back+education+quotas&id=88140&category=National

    “I need reservation because I could not be a doctor without it and it has certainly helped me.”

    Can’t beat this, can you?

  2. barbarindian said, on May 19, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    As far as I remember, people used to describe Jayalalitha that way, until her ascension to the role of Pan Dravidian Mommahood after which folks got particularly sensitive about it.

  3. Confused said, on May 20, 2006 at 3:04 am

    Nice!

    Loved the way Jaya was described.


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