Rajya Sabha Debate – A must read
The purpose of both houses of Parliament is to discuss policy issues. Even if the quality of debate is poor, the fact that a debate happened and ministers made their positions public is very important.
The lack of debate on the OBC quota is a case in point.
- No one can openly support a system that is so obviously broken and not backed by any socio-economic data.
- At the same time, no one can be seen as opposing it. The OBC quotas which may be well intentioned have been essentially converted into votebanks. A plank for getting elected.
The SC/ST quota is real and is intended to address social justice. Not surprisingly it is well monitored (the census in 2001 had no problems about enumerating SC and ST).
The problem is 1300+ castes are waiting to be included in the SC list ! This is in addition to Christian and Muslims who want SC benefits. So how does one deal with these requests for inclusion ?
Read this debate that took place in the Rajya Sabha. I assure you it is entertaining yet informative. You wont be bored !
SHRI PRAVEEN RASHTRAPAL (who speaks well on this topic)
By an error, the Parliament also committed a small error in the year 1977, and a particular caste of Gujarat, which was not Scheduled Caste, was by mistake included in the list of Scheduled Castes, because the area restriction was removed. A particular sub-caste was Scheduled Caste only for a particular district, and because the area restriction was removed, they became Scheduled Caste all over the State. The entire Scheduled Caste of the Gujarat Government opposed, the State Assembly also opposed, that all over Gujarat they do not belong to Scheduled Caste, only in a particular district they belong to Scheduled Caste. So, area restriction should be re-imposed. It took 27 years to make amendments in spite of the efforts of entire State Assembly and the Government of Gujarat.
A typical classification problem. By erroneously including this community as SC for 27 years, the quota system was compromised in Guj. What was the impact on the real SCs ? HOw many jobs / college seats were compromised ?
N JOTHI says
They must read the preachings of Periyar. He questioned, ‘where is God?’ He spent 70 years of his life questioning the existence of God. Where is God? Where is community? How can you see a man or see his community? I have seen it in Delhi several times that people belonging to the Scheduled Castes are very fair and much more good-looking than the forward community people of my area. I am surprised how they have been named as belonging to the Scheduled Castes. It is very sad on our part, Sir.
I dont know where to start with this, but this is the level of debate today. Are we then having a racial quota based on skin color ? What about the fact that most forward castes in the south are also dark skinned ? On the other hand I think Anbumani and Maran are pretty good looking and lighter skinned than most forward community people. You ought to be suprised that someone can talk like this in parliament.
Finally the inevitable happens
THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Please sit down. …(Interruptions)… Please sit down. That is enough. …(Interruptions)… Mr. Azmi, please sit down. That is enough. …(Interruptions)… Mr. Azmi, please take your seat. …(Interruptions)… Mr. Azmi, sit down. …(Interruptions)… Mr. Azmi, sit down. …(Interruptions)… Please take your seats. …(Interruptions)… Okay. That is enough. Mr. Azmi, please sit down. …(Interruptions)… What is this? …(Interruptions)… Mr. Azmi, please take your seat. That is enough. …(Interruptions)… That is enough. …(Interruptions)… Okay. …(Interruptions)… This is not good. What is this?
The House then adjourned at
fifty-eight minutes past four of the clock till
eleven of the clock on Monday, the 31st July, 2006.