Victims of data less social justice find a saviour
If any one is looking for a perfect case study of the effect of quota without data on the political system, look no further.
Recently, the Tamilnadu government partitioned the SC quota into two. SC-Arundathiyars were allocated 3% and the non-Arundathiyars the remaining. There was a massive event in the city organized by various members of the community to thank the Chief Minister.
”We are a hundred times happier now than we would be at one of our weddings. Kalaignar Karunanidhi is responsible for this,” said AMK president Valasai Ravichandran.
Arundathi Makkal Katchi leaders renewed their vow to support Karunanidhi and the DMK in all upcoming elections. In the recent general election, the AMK had supported the DMK.
Source : Express Buzz (emphasis added)
This quota enabled students of their community to bag 59 medical seats and 1100+ engineering seats. We wish them well. They have every right to these benefits under the social justice platform.
The real question is this : Is this not a grave injustice to this community that it took 65 years to correct ? A simple pulse check of the utilization of the quota would have revealed that this community was left behind decades ago. Three generations of Arundathiyars would have been Collectors, Government officials, Doctors, and Policemen. Instead, for six decades, six % of Tamilnadu was forced to continue in their plight. Think about what lies at the root of this.
Why was a simple pulse check not performed on this all important socialist ration of education and jobs ? In my view, engineered exclusion is the worst kind of injustice. This is the kind of justice that Amartya Sen would never ever talk about. The ambiguity and the promise of something better is key to fake socialism. They would never support measurement because it undermines the promise. This is why exactly ZERO social activists, NGOs, socially aware bloggers are talking about this.
In this light, Mr Karunanidhi needs to be applauded. Think about it. The judicial system has excused itself from scrutiny leaving hundreds of millions waiting for social justice marooned. They are completely at the mercy of the politicians with no public domain data available to build up public consciousness about what needs to be done. The media and social activists wont touch this either. Therefore one has to conclude that in this case Mr Karunanidhi really has rescued this community from the tyranny of adhoc social justice. Has he not ? Easily distracted, the courts have let down the very people strict scrutiny will help most. The most backward.
The real question remains. How many other communities are there like this ? When will their turn come ? What if they are numerically small and found mainly at traffic signals and breaking stones ? What if they cannot offer a concentrated and stationery vote bank ? Who will speak for them ?
In a parallel India, imagine if marginalized groups were guaranteed a place on the platform. There would be no need to beg for what is rightfully theirs. This would instantly release hundreds of millions into free agent hood and put big ticket issues back on the voting block.
Not a single ELM TV channel carried the story.
Nothing on blogs where the legal eagles nest.