May 29, 2006
I generally reserve my right "not" to bark on such politically fuelled topics and usually refrain from commenting or writing about them. But I guess an article at mouthshut (fwded by a friend) was a good enough reason to type something. I would be summarizing the argument presented there, but I shall also try to clean some typos/mistakes that were there, edit and put in my 2 cents:
Private companies, like Wipro, were asked by the Government to embrace the Reservation demon and give it a big hug. But Mr. Aziz Premji and many others flatly refused to do so, citing "talent" as their primary criterion to maintain the quality of their services. Ofcourse, they arent looking for votes or other ulterior motives, and they cant sacrifice talent by admitting into their organization people on the basis of their background (ethnic, financial, caste etc reasons). They were given an ultimatum to respond back. This would be my (I speak on behalf of like-minded people) reply:
Government: You WILL reserve a portion of your (the private sector) jobs for the backward or scheduled classes. Inn papers pe sign karo..
Like when Amitabh was asked by Sashi Kapoor to sign, he responds:
Aziz Premji replies: "Sure, I shall sign, and so would all the pvt companies. But first..
YOU first sign on papers such that we have job reservations in all the fields.
First, sign such that there is reservation in our cricket team. We should have 30% reservation for players of OBC & SC/ST classes. Pehle, Cricket rules should be modified. The 'actual' boundary circle should be reduced for an SC/ST player. The 4 runs hit by an OBC or SC/ST player should be considered as a 6 and a 6 should be treated as 8 runs. If any player (of Resv. sector) scores 60 runs, it should be considered as a century. We should ask ICC to make some new rules for our players so that bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar & Bret Lee should not bowl fast balls to our OBC or SC/ST player. Bowlers should NOT bowl at a speed more than 80 km per hour to these players. Any delivery above this speed should be treated No-ball. Or they could be given an extra chance to bat if they were out by the opponent (2nd life?). Also we should have reservation for such players in Olympics too. For instance, in the 100 meters race, an OBC or SC/ST player should be given a gold medal if he runs 80 meters and wins the race.
Let there be reservation in ALL the fields. Let’s recruit SC/ST and OBC pilots for aircrafts which are carrying the ministers and politicians – that can really help the country. Ensure that only SC/ST or OBC doctors do the operations for our patriotic ministers and other politicians.
Phir, your honor, phir mein inn papers pe sign karoonga..
The above argument(s) might be flawed (not that people from Resv. arent upto the mark or arent capable of doing their duty properly.. but things shouldnt stoop down to DENY admission to a more deserving candidate and give his/her seat to a person from Res. by SNATCHING the Open seat.. there are resv. right now.. let those figures stay.. dont INCREASE), but surely this above argument does try to get to the point in a subtle and humorous way. Whatever be the means (like this argument, or morcha on roads), the end result that many want is stopping this demon.. stopping the politicians form thrusting this rule on everybody. It is sad.. I read this somewhere(?): "Saale, Yeh Arjun Singh ke morning walk ka time pata karo re" (trnng 'Rang De Basanti'??)
Scientists say that 1 out of every 4 people is crazy.. check 3 of your friends, if they are ok, you're it.