Sunday, April 09, 2006

Do we need Reservations???

The reservation system has been in place for close to 60 years now. When is someone in the government finally going to get the brains to say "Reservation doesn't work, lets get rid of it." Seems like every few years the enternal cesspool that constitutes our government finds new ways to screw us, the students as well as citizens of India. I am someone who would personally "BENEFIT" from the so called new quota for OBC's along with the exsisting reservations for SC/ST, but then why should i voice my opposition to such a move. Well firstly the governments that ruled India for so many years have had nothing to do with the interests of the minorities and the socially and educationally backward communites, this reservation system is just a method for them to garner votes from the minorities and that is exactly what happened in the years before, we can't blame any one party of being populist when they come with sops for some particular sections of the society.

But the present UPA goverment is doing all bad things at the wrong time, all their so called initiatives to protect the interests of the downtrodden communities is just a farce to gain political milage. They first started off with this issue by having a ruling to have 50 % reservations to Aligarh muslim university, since it's a MUSLIM university. The govt has shown that it is against the growth of India as a knowledge superpower, this was clear when IIMB wanted to start a campus @ singapore and the govt. opposed that move, but had to give in later.

I think this is a prelude to the proposed bill on community reservation in PRIVATE sector. This will affect lakhs of eligible people while the present decision is going to affect only a few thousands. So i think it's really time for the public in general to come up in full force against such stupid populist decisions.

Now with the polls loomin in 5 states, the timing of such a decision is clearly understandable by even a 5 yr old child. The govt needs such populist reforms to stay in power and they would do anythin to get power. Such a govt would only result in the downfall of the growing economy and would cause a setback to the educational institutes like it did when it tried to impose the family planning program back in the late 70's. People have come out in huge numbers including the people who belong to OBC's. That clearly shows the anger and frustration of the people towards the goverment's moves.

Now why should the people who benefit from the quota come against it; there are two main issues.
One is that the quota is for OBC's in general, which means the so called creamy layer is also part of the OBC's. That would mean that people who are already well-off would get more reservations to study @ premier institutes at the cost of other students. So the people who are REALLY backward stand no chance of getting the benefits. Those on the lowest rung of OBCs referred to as the Most Backward Class, feel that this fresh initiative will be taken over by the creamy layer and those who should be the real benificiaries would once again be left out. So the govt should frame rules to decide as to who is backward and who is not, and they shouldn't make it just on the basis of a income certificate which can be obtained from the offices by bribing the clerks. They should come up with a foolproof plan to find whoever is deserving.
Second issue is about the degrading of the standards of such institues which once had the crème de la crème of the student community will now have to cope with the students who come with not so great academic qualities, this would cause additional trauma to the students who get into the colleges on the basis of such reservations. Another issue that will cause trouble is that the overall prestige of such institutes would come down along with their name and reputation.

It is sad to note that with Other Backward Classes (OBCs) comprising more than 50 per cent of the electoral votes, no political party is openly opposing it. Only the students are coming in large numbers protesting such a ridiculous move by the govt.
Yesterday night within hours of announcement of the government's decision to hav the reservations in these institutes i got a mail from one of my friends frwd to him by students of IIT Kharagpur, it was about signing an online petition against the governments proposal to have the reservations. Within 8 hours of the HRD minister announcing the move, they had more than 3700 signatures, i was the 3702th person to sign it. Today when i looked it had crossed the 7500 mark. That is the amount of dissent against the govt's move.

It is not just the 20 central universities and the IITs and IIMs. Educational institutions like the six central medical colleges including AIIMS, National Law School at Bangalore and Indian Institute of Mass Communication will all have to comply with the reservations most likely from next year on. The IIT's are set to lose around 1300 seats in the general category, the IIM's close to a 200. The JNU is gonna lose more than 2000 seats, so will other universities and institutes having international reputation.

What the government should have done was to create the number of seats going down to reservations as additions from this year, that was what President APJ Abdul Kalam had to say on this issue, Then the students in the general community needn't worry since their seats would remain constant.

But i still strongly feel that it's high time the govt. got rid of the reservation, which is totally against the secular principles on which a country like India is modelled.

To join the protest, sign the petition here.

All are welcome to post their comments about my views.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

IQ,EQ,SQ, Wat more????

Wat to do, am all alone tonite, to tell the truth i was online for about 3 hours tonight and i didn't have any1 to talk to, so i thought why not spend some time to stir up the intellectual in me, and so i ended up taking some of the so called IQ tests nd stuff which every 10th website has.
But when i look at it, i find that there are some real good one's and one can actually enjoy wasting time online.

So based on my experiences with the tests, i have come up with my personal choice of the best three online tests to waste time :D.

On number 3 I have Nerd Tests with their ultimate test to find the NERD in you. Well i do accept it that some questions were really stupid, but overall the test is worth taking. My score is exact 50%.
I am nerdier than 50% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!.

And i liked the way they ended the test;

50%-What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

Somewhat nerdy. I mean face it, you are nerdier than about half the test takers.

Moving on, on number two i selected Personal DNA Report, It is one good test that test's the real intellect of a person. There are some great questions and i liked the way they have the answering method, by using slider and 2D graphs so that one has more room to give in the exact blend of what he/she is.

They found that i am an Advocating Builder.

You are a Builder
You are detail-oriented, cautious, and practical, making you a BUILDER.
You are excellent at focusing on the concrete, functional elements of things, so you're good at making things happen.
Pursuing novel ways of doing things helps you to be efficient.
You're great to have on a team, as you understand how things work and don't let your ego get in the way.
You're perceptive, down-to-earth, and realistic.
You don't see a need to commit to a set routine or schedule—you'd rather improvise a little.
Although you may doubt yourself sometimes, you have the skills and the curiosity to pursue broader adventures.
You like to consider a lot of information before making big decisions, and you think about that information in realistic, thorough ways.
You don't concern yourself with flashy styles or surface appearances—you're far too sensible for that.
If you want to be different:
Think more abstractly about things without abandoning your valuable sensibility.

Ther's lot more to the test that these few lines.

My Personal Dna Report

Onto the numero uno, i have selected The Inner hero test. I chose this as the number one, as this is the only test that focusses onto the humane side of one's intellectual capabilities. So that made it "the one above". Regarding my score, i did fairly well, was selected as a WIZARD!!!!.

My Inner Hero -

I'm a<br />Wizard!

There are many types of magic, but all require a sharp mind and a cool head. There is no puzzle I can't solve, no problem I can't think my way out of. When you feel confused or uncertain, you can always rely on me to untangle the knots and put everything back in order for you.

How about you? Click here to find your own inner hero

So there goes my say about the test on net.

Monday, April 03, 2006

What a ordeal!!!

It's been a fortnight since i posted something, well i can attribute it to many things but i dn't wanna put up excuses for not being there.

So here i am once again tellin all about something that has been in my mind for some time now. It's not such a big deal but it sure made me put my Thinkin caps on. It was a incident that made my eyes POP outta ther sockets (the eyes still are fine BTW).

It happened so that i still didnt have any proof to show that am over 18 and technically eligible to cast my valuable VOTE, so i went to the Taluk Office to get the Electoral Identity Card to get eligibility to vote. Now that was indeed a place where i did have some troubles, but not the kind that one expects in a typical "SARKAAAR AAAAPPISE". Since i live on the outskirts of Trivandrum City i had the good fortune to be in a constituency that ddnt have many turning up for havin their nice faces mutilated by horrible photos(courtesy DIGITAL CAMERA), so i ddnt hav to stand in any queue on the hot sun, nor did i have any USUAL troubles with the "SARKAAAR AAAPISERS". They were surprisingly polite and very cooperative. Now came the moment that i hate to describe. In the forms i had to write my name in MALAYALAM, which is my mother tongue, but since i did my schoolin in a school which ddnt have this as a subject, i ddnt know how to write in mallu, eventhough i can very well read it. So i went in search of someone who would help me in this predicament. I couldn't find many helping faces, so i finally had to approach a rather hostile looking young man who happened to be a driver @ the AAAPISE, i asked him "CHETA, Onnu e form fill cheytu tharumo?" and he glanced at me, then once again he gave me a stare, like the one we get to see in a film, when the villain gives the hero a look and the camera does a full close up from the toes to the hair. I could understand what that man would have thought " Nice chap, seems to be havin lotta money, with mobile n stuff, pakshe enthu cheyyan VIVARAM ILLALO". Hesitantingly he filled out all the forms and after thanking him profusely, i gave them at the counter and got chance to get my photo taken, and that opened a pandora's box of troubles. I had the previlege to have the card issued on the same day that my photo was taken, as it was the last week to giv application. So i sat on a chair waitin for the photographer to fix his ANTIQUE DIGITAL camera an then take my pic. I was all smiles while posing an then he said " Dnt SMILE, tht is nt needed, this aint a weddin pic" and so i put up a different face(pretty serious) and he took the pic and i was told to wait outside while they enter my details and then gimme the card. So i was outside lookin at all the good lookin chicks whu were sweatin like hell(lookin HOT TOO!!!), waitin in serpentine queue's for hours in the hot sun, and here i was goin to get the card within 10 mins of my coming to the "AAAPISE". As i was standin there enjoyin the SIGHTS, a peon calls out my name, and i go to get the card and what it's wat i get, a card with my name, details, address et all. But hey wait a sec, when did i sport long hair?? and then it became clear(like the sprite ad-CLEAR HAI!!) it wasn't my pic. It was some other GIRL. I wanted to hit the guy an giv him a piece of my mind. But surprisingly i was calm and told him abt my problem and then they said they would replace it and giv another in 1 min. This time i said i am comfy in the AAAPISE interiors and then stood there while they searched for my pic in their DATABASE. Finally after 5-6 desperate minutes i got a shock to see that my so called picture had no resemblance to my good face :D. Then they said it was some prob with the lighting and made me sit at a different place and this time the camera guy took the photo, this time i had all the frustration on my face, and boy what a clear image it was, as if the camera had a mind of it's own and knew that i wd do somethn ugly if it came up with someother pic this time. So i am issued my ELECTORAL IDENTITY CARD with a picture that truly speakin looks like a guy out of a Police HITLIST. Seethin anger in the eyes and starin at the camera as if it was my enemy who took the picture.

And so ended my ordeal in the "TAAALOOOK AAAPISE", with me havin my lion's share of embarrassing moments, but i ddnt want all of them on 1 single day.