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OBC Quota – end of legislative process

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on January 5, 2007


The president APJ Abdul Kalam today signed the OBC Quota bill. This marks the end of the legislative process. The ball is now in the hands of the public and the judiciary to protect the interests of the weaker sections and the right to equality of a large chunk of Indians.

This blog has never idolized anyone – however fashionable it may be. Whether it is Narayan Murthy or Abdul Kalam, we must only judge men by their actions.

Look at what the President said on May 5th 2006

What are the benefits of reservations in places like IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IIMs (Indian Institute of Management), how has it helped the society since its introduction more than 58 years ago – these and other questions must be answered after a detailed study before new reservations are imposed

Kalam prefers studies conducted before new reservation policies – Patna Daily

Seven months later, he finds a bill on his table. No studies have been conducted, no data has been presented about the backwardness of castes in the OBC list, and even the creamy layer has not been excluded. Should nt he have atleast sent it back for reconsideration like the “Office for Profit Bill” ? He could have asked why the creamy layers were included – he has no caste based political constituency to worry about.

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  1. xyz said, on January 5, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    abdul kalam is a tamil muslim.
    who perhaps got a seat in MIT(the one at chrompet) through reservations.perhaps someone can cross-check.

  2. rc said, on January 5, 2007 at 7:05 pm


    Let us not question Kalams academic brilliance.

    The real issue is how much weight he puts on his own words. If he felt that a study outght to be done before the quota is announced, he should have stood by his words. However inconvenient that may be.

  3. Prashanth said, on January 11, 2007 at 4:21 pm


    The President cant send back a bill the Second time its presented to him. What he must have done the first time around was to just sit on the file (he can do that till end of his term atleast) rather than hoping for a modification based on his questions


  4. rc said, on January 11, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    Prashanth –

    The pres can send it back the first time with his objections.

    If parliament ignores his objections and sends it back,he can either sign it or resign. I did not know about the “sit on it” option.

  5. Mahesh said, on January 17, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I feel that it wd have been better if he had resigned. I had lost all my regards for this man ,about whom,we most of us,had great hopes when he took over the charge.Through this, he had made a WHOLE ASS of himself.


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  7. Radhakrishnan said, on March 22, 2007 at 11:40 am

    We do not want a rubber stamp as a president. He is also playing to the politicians. I do not know why he should worry about pleasing the politicians. He shoule have at least consulted CJ before signing it. Now there is so much of embarrassment for him if it does not fall through.I am ashamed of him. Being such highly educated belonging to the intelligentia, he has done the worst thing.

  8. Rangel said, on March 30, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    i think we should all thank VP Singh for this mess.
    After the reservations started hitting the good and the meritoriious in favour of undesrevering “casteists”..ive lost faith in every machinery of state. Ive walked out on DOCTORS when I found out they were ST/SCs….they might be brilliant..but ive no way of knowing they could be products of reservations who gave incompetents such a precision job….i think the economy of the country would’ve solved the caste legacy..but now more than ever..i feel proud to be a brahmin..whose comrades rise through merit thats been crushed…and will always look down upon my sc/st colleagues …i am educated…and ive been forced to rekindle the caste ideology…

    ill get a lot of flames for this..but i dont care…

    btw..vp singh got his cancer treated by a brahmin..even he doesn’t trust the output of his mandal legacy..

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