Tuesday, 1 November 2016

FB Discussions - Reservations

We want reservations because some communities deserve reservations. Please come to my village to understand that.
Whether it speeds up, or slows down the country's 'Growth' is beside the point.
Paalaguttapalle (Dalitwada)

Tejas Harad
October 27 at 3:19pm ·
I was once discussing caste with a lawyer friend of mine. I told him how Brahmins are overrepresented in every field, including judiciary. He countered it by saying, but they are there because of their hard work and merit. They deserve to be in those positions. His immediate reference point was his own boss. He went on to tell me how brilliant he was.

My friend is a bahujan. I expected him to know the social/economic/cultural backwardness he comes from and how Brahmins have an obvious leg-up in all those three domains. But privilege isn't that obvious to the naked eye, more so if you are privileged yourself but, sometimes, even if you are not. However, the reason behind hegemony of one caste in every well-paid field of employment cannot be hard work and merit. There has to be other explanatory factor. And that factor is, of course, caste privilege.

Reservations were introduced to undo the unfair advantages of social, economic and cultural capital and also to undo the disadvantages of years of oppression by the privileged castes. We have the tendency to measure success of affirmative action by looking at work efficiency. That is why scholars like Ashwini Deshpande find it necessary to demonstrate that reservations have increased efficiency in railways. While this kind of research is necessary to counter the prejudicial notions of upper castes towards rest of the population, it is a very capitalistic parameter. The only thing one should be concerned about is whether those who benefited from affirmative action are leading better material lives or not. Do they have better homes, better food, better clothes, more secured lives now? If yes, that's the biggest success of reservations.
Shobana Ramkumar Has that one person who got the benefit of the reservation passed on or shared that benefit with others of his community or contributed towards their upliftment?
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Aparna Krishnan
Aparna Krishnan That depends on his generosity. I see less enough generosity in the upper classes, and so I do not see generosity as a precondition for the SC getting the reservation that is his historical right.
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Somu Kumar
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ஸ்ரீராமதாஸ் மகாலிங்கம் Everyone from FC take Vanaprastham around 55 and uplift others :)
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Aparna Krishnan
Aparna Krishnan exactly !
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Aparna Krishnan
Aparna Krishnan The FCs serve themselves. Move abroad. Or stay in India and party. And expect the SCs to 'help each other selflessly' !
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ஸ்ரீராமதாஸ் மகாலிங்கம்
ஸ்ரீராமதாஸ் மகாலிங்கம் Politically Kings used to magnanimous. But democratic crooks haven't been. They keep passing the blame. It makes a huge difference if some political leader could say, Brahmins are people who considered it sin to leave abroad to remain in villages and do what they have been ordained to do for generations.
Aparna Krishnan
Aparna Krishnan I know no brahmin any more. Who uses his learning for sociaty, and lives on alms. Who chooses austerity.
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ஸ்ரீராமதாஸ் மகாலிங்கம்
ஸ்ரீராமதாஸ் மகாலிங்கம் There are few, I know. one even considering it improper to learn English even now. Its not proper to make them popular. :)
Aparna Krishnan
Aparna Krishnan The educated brahmins have sold their souls. The educated of other castes also probably. But the brahmins sold out first.
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