Reality Check India

A prudent man in India

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on June 20, 2007

I have mentioned this quote before, but everytime I read it – I get the chills. 


“Who is a reasonable man and who is a prudent man? These are matters of litigation.”

TT Krishnamachari

The reasonable and prudent man is a very common judicial test used in US and English law. The grand blunder we Indians made was to allow its use in constitutional law. I encourage everyone to read the constituent assembly debates which are available online (as of now).

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  1. Tambram said, on June 22, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    I think the PM of our country is seriously confused. On one hand he talks about people having “first access to resources” and supports caste-based reservations in student and faculty intake at central institutions. On the other hand, he now talks about making education free from casteist and communal influences. I have now totally lost respect for this so-called PM. He should resign, and become a member of the planning commission where he can put his economics degree to good use instead of making contradictory statements everywhere like this.

    http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage_c_online.php?leftnm=11&bKeyFlag=IN&autono=24605

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    Free university appointments of nepotism: PM
    BS Reporter / Mumbai June 22, 2007
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concern over university appointments being made for political, communal and casteist considerations, and warned that a dysfunctional education system will only produce dysfunctional citizens.

    He was speaking at a function organised to mark the 150th anniversary of the Mumbai University. “Our university system is in a state of disrepair. We need better facilities, better teachers, flexible approach to curriculum development to make it more relevant and effective, and more meaningful evaluation systems,” Singh said.

    “The quality of governance of many state educational institutions is a cause for concern. I am concerned that in many states, university appointments, including that of the Vice-Chancellor, have been politicised and have become subject to caste and communal considerations. There are complaints of favoritism and corruption. This is not as it should be. We should free university appointments from unnecessary interventions on the part of governments and must promote autonomy and accountability. I urge states to pay greater attention to this aspect. After all, a dysfunctional education system can only produce dysfunctional citizens,” he pointed out.

    He also urged for expansion of the higher education system, opening the doors of higher education system to more and more people but at the same time stressing on improving the quality of education to help the country capitalise on its latent human potential.

    Affirming the government’s commitment to improve the university system, the Prime Minister asked everybody to come up with suggestions and solutions for improving quality. “We are ready to listen,” he said.

  2. Tambram said, on June 22, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    This speech needs to be brough to the attention of the “social justice” champions. This heretical thought that education should not be based on caste/communal considerations, but on talent and qualifications is totally against social justice! As the whole world knows, the TN system, which is a true model of “social justice” has the best university system in the whole world because of “social justice”!

    And the same PM had earlier also asked universities to raise standards in a speech at Annamalai University, and tried to encourage NRI academicians and researchers to return. I wonder if the people asked to return will also be subject to “social justice” considerations, considering many (especially Tambrams) have fled the “social justice” world reknowned utopian state of TN!

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