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Congress manifesto – free agents please read

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on March 26, 2009

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 BrahmantvaVoting 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 ?


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  1. reason said, on March 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

    how would you explain PMK leaving the congress alliance using this template?

  2. AG said, on March 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

    RC — good stuff.

    To put what you’ve said into simple english: the kkkangress’s 2009 manifesto is “Divide and Rule Version 20.0”

    With never before seen features and microscopically accurate discrimination.

    The EE co guys must be smiling.
    Tagore, with his “where the world has not been broken up…” must be weeping bitterly.

    anyway, his weeping is irrelevant; you see, he was hindu.

  3. AG said, on March 26, 2009 at 10:38 am

    EE co guys = East india co guys; the creators of divide and rule ver 0.9

  4. rc said, on March 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm


    Do you watch Mudhal Kural on Zee Tamizh (10PM) ?

    It has the best analysis close to the ground. After seeing this the “experts” at NDTV, IBN, TIMES NOW will seem like kids discussing you-know-what !

    According to a guests’ estimate a few days back there are about 40% floating voters at best in Tamilnadu. The rest are ‘committed’ !

  5. reason said, on March 27, 2009 at 2:20 am

    i dont have much time for TV now. I watched some 10 minutes of TV all of yesterday and within that, caught Gopinath list ‘Bombay and Mangalore’ attacks as the reasons for his fighting elections. it appeared obvious that he will contest bangalore south against Ananth Kumar.

    whatever free floater vote is there now is likely to be very stupid, stupid of the ‘darwin awards’ kind that does not realize the other narrow interests are harming them. The services of the likes of times of india, Mallika Sarabhai, and Gopinath are being deployed to suck out that free floater vote.

    eminent bloggers calling for ‘middle class’ to vote need to watch out. The number of votes Gopinath gets in blore south will be a very close estimate of this stupid sucker vote.

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