Reality Check India

2007 – watershed year

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on January 1, 2008

When a tea shop encroaches the pavement, it causes great inconvenience to pedestrians. When politicians encroach social justice, it causes great inconvenience to democracy and to true social justice. It is a double whammy.

2007 proved this beyond a doubt.

The recent riots in Orissa are more about granting ST status to Christian converts rather than opposition to fat men in red santa suits.  From Assam, to Tamilnadu, to Rajasthan, to MP, to Maharashtra, to AP, to Kerala, to UP – events or political formations can almost always be reduced to the quota system. Groups of people are increasingly adopting this stance :

“Look we now know that the social justice platform is not based on anything respectable such as data. Even the latest commission admits so.  Please stop pretending like it is. Lets instead focus on jostling our way into a higher citizenship status.”

Without data and rational examination, even private social interactions become strained to the point of mutual suspicion. How do we know that our top secular hindu-atheist-blogger-journalist-activist (from Sardesai to Dutt to Thapar) is not secretly overdoing the secular play indirectly helping hindutva forces ? Can Indian Muslims trust our secular champagne sipping chatterati – who seek to cross represent them ? 

We hope 2008  can settle the number one question in this country.

How does a group qualify for exclusive benefits , and once it has acquired them how does it get to keep them ?

What is the  governments responsibility to the truly backward ? Where is the data to show their returns from the primary social justice platform ? Who is vested and who is not ?

How far can the “dont-ask-dont-tell” data avoidance strategy adopted by both the legislature and judiciary work in the age of the internet ?

Once this question is answered, true democracy can fix the rest. As it has in almost all other democracies.


One of the highlights of 2007 was the inability of the English mainstream media to bring around the urban educated masses. Motivated bloggers are tearing apart erstwhile opinion makers who till now had a free run. Unlike the past, the public can click on a blog as painlessly as they click on their publications websites.  People are increasingly searching for meanings of catch phrases. The strain on the media is palpable, because they know they cannot hold their flock together if a couple of them break their unspoken ideological commitments in exchange for commercial success.


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  1. xyz said, on January 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Happy New Year !

  2. […] of this blog will be familiar with what I consider the foremost national secret of contemporary political forces and their supporters. I call this simply “data” or “truth”. What this […]

  3. meerryTrople said, on August 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Very nice!!

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