Review after 5 or 10 years – Moily
The Moily report is out. Does anyone really care because the bill has already been drafted and sent to the parliamentary standing committee without even waiting for a draft of this report ?
The media is obsessed with the new phrase of the month “Gandhigiri”. Every channel is obsessed with supercilious issues – there is very little coverage of important issues (ULFA,Naxals,Quotas). I really dont want to see Saif / Abhishek / Rani on mainstream news channels. Can we round them all and create a separate Indian version of E! entertainment television ?
The committee has refused to tread on the contentious creamy layer issue. “We have left it for the government to decide,”
Any guesses what will happen ? Get ready for a constitutional showdown. If the creamy layer is not applicable, then what about the Indira Sawhney judgement. Creamy layer students in all states (except TN) have been kept out of the quota for 16 years.
- On what basis can you prevent creamy layer OBCs in St Johns Medical college Bangalore but allow them in MAMS and AIIMS ?
- Conversely, how can discriminate against the poor OBC when it comes to elite institutions ? A poor OBC has an advantage in St Johns Medical Bangalore but when it comes to AIIMS he is discriminated against in favour of the rich (creamy layer) OBC.
Of course, no one wants to deal with these basic questions.
…Committee, in its final report, has suggested a review of quota policy after five or ten years,
Why not review it now, and then every five years ? OBC quotas are not recent, in many states they are approaching 100 years (86 in TN, 94 in Mysore) !! Has no community progressed to be pulled out of the list ?
The absolute reluctance to perform any kind of pulse-check on the OBC group is startling. Is this a national secret ? Why cant we have socio-economic data on individual OBC components ?
Signs of things to come :
The committee, he said, has however made a “strong paragraph”, meaning recommendation, to provide scholarships to OBC children from Standard IX onward.
This may look innocuous, but will throw up spectacular anomalies. Everyone knows that many OBCs are not merely well-to-do communities, they are the wealthiest and the most powerful in their respective areas. For example: By virtue of their land ownership, Gowdas are becoming instant crorepatis in the Bangalore suburbs. Gounders dominate industry in Tirupur and are easily several times wealthier than the forward caste. Christians (all of whom are backward in TN) dominate educational institutions, several of them form elite social groups. All muslims in KA are backward even though their real estate strength is known to all. All muslims in KL are backward even though they dominate the gulf employment profile. The list goes on and on.
The line is that mere economic wealth does not make a community forward, but some other intangible social factors are involved. If we accept this line, then on what basis can OBCs be considered for financial help ? Scholarships, if any should be available to all children – even the poor brahmins kid.
The courts must step in and prevent the OBC quota system from descending into outright patronage and reverse discrimination.