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Rumblings in Bengal

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on November 21, 2007

Central Kolkata was shut down today amid large scale violence. The All India Minority Forum supporters fought pitched battles with the police. Columns of the army are moving in to restore normalcy.

“I have never seen such a thing in my lifetime. There is total lawlessness,” said Amal Das, waiting in an ambulance with his ailing father.  

I readily admit I have a one-track mind when it comes to Indian politics. I simply cannot ignore the extreme distortion brought about by the ‘magic wand’ wielded by our politicians.

There is no force strong enough to overcome the promise of exclusive and selective benefits. In India, this has taken the form of a total hijack of the social justice system.   

I continue to hold that if data and tight monitoring of the quota system is surrendered to the whim of politicians – violence and show of strength will replace social justice. This will not lead to any real equilibrium.  Even mighty forces like the CPM will bite the dust. It will be quick and painless, but relief will be temporary.

Bengal is first on the list. As mentioned in this blog, Bengal is a spectacular anomaly when it comes to the quota system – especially its Muslim population.

Nandigram and Taslima Nasreen are just the sideshows.

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  1. Reason said, on November 26, 2007 at 10:30 am

    one track mind might make you draw wrong conclusions.

    The wednesday rioting in calcutta looks curious. It is not clear which was a larger issue for the rioters – nandigram or Taslima. But the ‘permanent’ CPM government of bengal was quick to ‘deport’ Taslima before Friday. (‘permanent’ government was a term comrade Ram used in one of his sermons aka editorials).

    If I was afraid of losing muslim vote after Nandigram violence (in which there were also muslim victims), I will aim to do something to please them – and Taslima comes in handy.

    Indian politics has multiple ills. Caste-based reservations and the politicians’ power of admitting entry into the backward class lists is only one of the ills. That has been exploited very well now and may be already yielding diminishing returns. And Mayawati has taken it to the next level.

    Trying to gain monopoly over a minority group’s vote goes on in the name of secularism. That is another ill. The bar gets raised on how much concessions can win them over.

    Family rule is yet another ill.

  2. realitycheck said, on November 27, 2007 at 4:36 am

    I still have a hard time believing that Taslima Nasreen is a strong enough issue for this sort of violence (that required two columns of the Army).

    Is this not a plausible scenario ?

    A bunch of Muslim leaders see the Sachar report. This confirms that they have been royally screwed by the commies for over 30 years. They probably knew it all along , but this “data” gives form to their senses. The vent to their followers during Friday prayers. This translates to simmering anger. On the slightest provocation, even an excuse such as Taslima or Nandigram – they start rioting.

    Granted we have multiple ills. The “ill of all ills” is the magic wand.

    Assume for a moment that the hindu majority came under a system of data and rigorous monitoring of social initiatives (reservation is just one of them).

    In such an environment, it would be impossible for the other ill – which is minority appeasement to take root. Why ? Because the sections under the umbrella of data and monitoring will immediately converge against this.

    Today a lot of people have a stuck their fingers in the pie. No such convergence is possible. So they all end up suffocating those who are in the open and those who are really backward.

    Minority appeasement is just another form of dominant caste appeasement. Nothing magical about it.

  3. Reason said, on November 27, 2007 at 7:38 am

    >> Minority appeasement is just another form of dominant caste appeasement

    minority appeasement takes forms other than reserving benefits. You can take a safe bet that Taslima will continue to stay at rajasthan house in Delhi until the gujarat elections are over. That is not an issue of reserving benefits. Shah Bano was not. Repealing POTA was not.

  4. realitycheck said, on November 27, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Reason,

    Agreed.

    It is also true that mere appeasement without reserving benefits – wont work for long. Reserved and protected benefits are the holy grail here.

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