A 5000-10000 year old issue – P. Chidambaram
Just wanted to share this info with our North Indian and Foreign readers.
So there was a "social justice" conference in Chennai and some of the gems are reproduced below. The original source is http://thatstamil.oneindia.in/news/2006/06/09/pc.html
This is what passes for a "seminar on social justice".
Rough translation follows.
P. Chidambaram (Finance Minister of India): "Everyone is saying Quota system is a new bear (karadi). This is wrong, Reservation is not a new bear (karadi) at all – it is a 5000-10000 year old bear (karadi)"
Note: 10,000 years ! Now, thats a first. The best we have heard so far is 4,000 years. So PC is really pushing the envelope here. The harappa civilization is only 3500-4800 years old. But who cares for facts and figures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harappa
Dr Ramdoss (father of Health Minister of India, Anbumani Ramadoss) : "We must fight for reservation in the judiciary. Out of 600 judges just 10 are dalits. After higher education institutions we must get quotas in judiciary as well"
Note: Once we go down this route and accept the core premises on which OBCs are classified without data. We cannot deny the claims of Dr Ramadoss, as scary as that sounds.
Ram Vilas Paswan : "87% of India is backward class, only 13% is forward. Therefore we must fight for our rights".
Ironically Ram Vilas Paswan is probably the only true backward class person on stage. The other guys own colleges offering various professional education degrees. He does not realize that if quotas are implemented, the OBCs from the south (esp TN) will cream the hapless OBCs from Bihar and render the whole system useless.