I received some emails from friends and not-so-friends wondering who the f** I was ?
First, I must admit to a certain level of uneasyness with anonymous blogging. Unfortunately, this is a necessity in a country where freedom of speech is allowed, as long as it is trivial. Blogging is a medium that allows expression in this manner. I am damn well entitled to exploit that. In doing so, I have taken care not to slander or target any group or individuals. I have deleted several comments in bad taste. If I find some blogs annoying, I simply stay away from them. No visits, no comments, no links.
I am just an average Joe. I have no connections anywhere in the “system”. I have never even met an IAS officer, an MLA, an MP, a TV or Film actor. I cant even name a police constable to escape a challan. Why anonymous ? Am I chicken ? No, I may be a fool, but I am not stupid.
The internet is my friend. I try to spend an hour every couple of days for this blog. I share what I find during my research on my favorite topics. My favourite topics are the quota system in India, the naxalite issue, and the tax holiday schemes. I have read everything from all online Economics and Political Weeklies to Marc Galanters works to every single one of relevant Supreme Court judgements on the judis.in website. Every time I read something interesting I blog about it here.
In the beginning, there was the excitement of covering ground on a topic I knew little about. I didnt know the NCBC, the Mandal criteria, Indira Sawhney, Champakam, the Mysore and Madras communal G.O.s, the Kerala case, the NSSO, I did not know the names of any north Indian castes like Kurmi, Jat, Lodh, Bania, Gujars, Thakurs. I had no idea Bengal and Assam had very little OBCs. The list goes on. . . I am sure all of us on all sides of the OBC line now have a super heightened caste awareness. While caste is a reality in India, it wasnt supposed to turn out like this. You cant make something disappear by making it more real.
Anyway, now there is little incentive for such academic pursuits. Overall, I think this blog experiment has contributed in its own way to the discourse.
I have no illusions about taking on things larger than these simple things I see around me.