Reality Check India

OBC Quota Bill clears house

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on August 22, 2006

 “If a window in a building is broken and left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken. . . . One unrepaired window is a signal that no one cares, so breaking more windows costs nothing. . . . Untended property becomes fair game for people out for fun or plunder.”

James Q Wilson and George Kelling – 1982, Atlantic Monthly on the Broken Window Syndrome

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So everything is progressing along expected lines, against all norms of public policy based on solid data and impartial analysis. The best defense of the OBC quota (without even knowing how many OBCs there are nor the actual social and educational data of individual OBC castes) is this: “Cmon now, not everything is perfect, the storefront windows are broken – so why not just break the town hall windows too ?” 

The broken window syndrome has never been displayed in a grander scale.

The news:

  1. The cabinet cleared the bill on Monday 21-8-06 after a two hour meeting. See news here
  2. The media totally messed up last night. Every channel incorrectly reported that the creamy layer will be excluded. It turns out the creamy layer will be able to enjoy the benefits. See here
  3. “The quantum of reservation was not revealed, but it is believed to be up to 27 per cent for OBCs and combined with the quota for SC and ST.” What does this mean ? How can OBCs be clubbed with the SC/STs in any shape/size/or form ?
  4. No mention was made of the requirement of setting up a commission to collect data about (1) Who the OBCs are and what is their socio-economic-educational status ? (2) What is the nationwide rationalization process ? (3) What is the current enrollment of OBCs without quotas ?
  5. No mention was made of MBCs. This is fraught with constitutional peril. The very fact that there exists a MBC quota in several states is an acknowledgement of the fact that MBCs and OBCs are not at the same level in society. How can they then be treated the same when it comes to the elite institutes ? Isnt this a case of treating unequals equally – the very rationale for the entire quota system ?
  6. This staggering thing and the one-go thing are non-issues compared to the overall issue of lack of data.
  7. SC/STs may be affected because minority-aided (meaning receiving taxpayer money) will be exempt from reservations. On what basis can this be upheld – given that Muslims and most Christians are classified as OBCs in southern states ? See here

Finally, is this expenditure justified ? Is lack of tertiary education in engineering and medical the biggest problem in this country ? In Tamilnadu 16,500 engineering seats are vacant this year.

This one broken window will definitely be followed by others such as OBC faculty quotas, private sector SC/ST quotas first, then private sector OBCs quotas, caste wise allocation of budget (Paswan is already talking about this), one acre land for each member of a particular caste (Paswans idea), quotas in board of directors of banks, no end to it.

We hope the court steps in and checks this once and for all. Only SCs have a right to quotas – others must have backing data to prove that they are socially and educationally backward.

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  1. politeindian said, on August 22, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    What to say? In general I am appalled by these kind of policies that do not have a comprehensive study behind them. One can argue that the Mandal Comission is the study, but that was done a long time ago. A lot as changed in past 25+ years.

    Quota is not the only thing, now that elections are nearing in UP, Mulayam singh is offering all kinds of incentives to get votes.

    Is it possible to file a PIL to question the validity of quota based on an old study conducted some 25+ years ago?Thereby demanding a fresh study of the need and quantum of Quota needed. And also file another PIL for creamy layer exclusion?
    I do not know the legal stuff but I do believe one thing that these policies are not going to help and will not achieve the desired social justice. The main reson why this will not achieve the desired goal is because such poliies are not driven by that desire to achieve that goal.

    And OBCs being clubbed with SC/STs is another example of the thoughtlessness of the policy makers.

    I wish somehow the politicians gain some sanity and stop playing such dangerous games.

    BTW, I liked the broken window analogy.

  2. realitycheck said, on August 22, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Polite Indian,

    Yes, these PILs are sure to be filed. Mandals data itself can be questioned – as mentioned by Mandal himself (no state was forthcoming with data about OBC representation). The only Dalit member of the commission refused to sign the report.

    The creamy layer exclusion is a sure sign of the actual intentions. All states except TN exclude the creamy layer. What is the message sent to those states ?

    Why should a OBC in Karnataka or Kerala run from pillar to post to get a non-creamy layer certificate – if it is not required for elite institutes ?

  3. Bruno said, on August 23, 2006 at 12:17 am

    # No mention was made of the requirement of setting up a commission to collect data about (1) Who the OBCs are and what is their socio-economic-educational status ?

    It is already very clearly given. I have already given you the castes in my blog. Why are you guys still in delusion and not coming in terms with reality

    (2) What is the nationwide rationalization process ?

    Already given. Wake up please

    (3) What is the current enrollment of OBCs without quotas ?

    Why should you need this

    # No mention was made of MBCs. This is fraught with constitutional peril. The very fact that there exists a MBC quota in several states is an acknowledgement of the fact that MBCs and OBCs are not at the same level in society. How can they then be treated the same when it comes to the elite institutes ? Isnt this a case of treating unequals equally – the very rationale for the entire quota system ?

    Please see my post ….. MBC as well as BC with the ECONOMIC Criteria AFTER EXCLUSION OF CREAMY LAYER ALONE is OBC… So Creamy layer is excluded

    # This staggering thing and the one-go thing are non-issues compared to the overall issue of lack of data.

    # SC/STs may be affected because minority-aided (meaning receiving taxpayer money) will be exempt from reservations. On what basis can this be upheld – given that Muslims and most Christians are classified as OBCs in southern states ?

    Imagination. When SC Quotas are not decreased how will they be affected.

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