Congress manifesto – free agents please read
Here is an interview with Mr Jairam Ramesh, the brains behind the Congress Party’s manifesto.
I am going to cut right to the meat.
As mentioned ad nauseum in this blog, the defining characteristic of India is the Quota Without Data system. Big ticket issues such as farmer suicides, economy, education, infrastructure, security are all electorally irrelevant as long as this distorted perversion of social justice remains.
Read how Mr Jairam Ramesh lays out the future of India if his party is elected.
Q: Too much of reservation — minorities, women, poor…?
But ours is a quota society. Reservation has become a permanent feature even if founding fathers did not see it last beyond a few years. There is a case for quota for poor among non-SC/ ST/OBCs. Ultimately, baggage of 3,000 years (read discrimination) can’t go away with 60 years of development.
For reference purposes, 3000 years is the age of the earliest Harappan and Mohenjodaro excavations. Jairam Ramesh might think he is very clever, after all he has put the entire policy of quota beyond rational scrutiny and under the firm control of life stories. Mr Chidambaram put the number at 5000 to 10000 years, so maybe you should thank Jairam Ramesh.
Q: So much, but you could not clinch private sector quota promised in 2004?
Yes, we have not been able to get it. But the good thing is that it has sensitised industrialists to talk about Affirmative Action. Now, there is a CII committee under J J Irani to look into it. AA means many steps and quota is one of it. The manifesto for 2009 promises ‘supply quota’. It is a forward-looking measure, on the lines of what is done in the US, to stimulate entrepreneurship among SC/STs.
Source : TOI
We must understand the purpose of this item in the manifesto. What they are really doing is promising more benefits down the pipe as a reward for voting for your narrowest interest !
This is how it works.
Once benefits are secured to a narrow interest group, the population becomes complacent. Thereby undermining the political setup.
There are two tendencies that can work against the political forces :
(a) To defect : If the benefits reach a dead end – then members might defect. In this case vote for a larger interest. (Two examples : Hindutva is a larger interest than Yadavtva or Brahmantva, Voting your displeasure on the SEZ policy is a larger interest than voting to thank for your central government employee hike in DA )
(b) To not participate : If the benefits are secure with nothing new on the horizon. The population might not participate in voting, secure in the belief that their benefits are entrenched and placed beyond scrutiny.
The Congress Party has made it clear in its manifesto where it wants to take the country. Schemes like NREGA are just giant sponges placating various groups and sundry officials. There is of course no mention of the spectacular Spectrum Scam, the numskull Nuclear Deal, the SEZ free for all.
If all goes well, the Congress will have divided India into ad hoc groups and tied them to various benefits. If you are lucky you might have your group benefiting too – without the burden of measurement or data. Then it would of course be extremely hypocritical of us free agents to ask you to defect.
As far as free agent voters are concerned , think very carefully before you vote. Do not get swayed by bollywood or by the media hyping up a kid’s outbursts out of all proportion. Here is a mini question for you.
The question is :
Do you want the population of free agents to be further compacted and big ticket issues made even more irrelevant at the polls (if that were possible).
Lets try that again :
Is Varun Gandhis outburst enough to overwhelm your stand on the free agent population being compacted ?