For the love of a ‘degree’

Education has become one of the most profitable business in our country. It’s a huge industry and a breeding ground for unaudited money , thanks to capitation fees. I was just thinking, whom to blame for this situation. The Government, who failed to offer adequate educational infrastructure. Corrupt private bodies, who utilized loopholes in the system to siphon out hard-earned money from “mango” people. But I realized, it is us who are actually responsible for this crisis.

The first thing that struck me about south indian marriage was the fact that the educational qualifications of both bride and groom are clearly mentioned on the marriage invitation card. I was in Tumkur (A small semi urban area near Bangalore) at the time, fulfilling my own educational goal. Many of my batchmates were first generation university goers. So I thought it was natural for them to brag about their achievements (No matter how ordinary it is). It appeared a sort of rural mentality to me. But later I realized  that I was totally wrong. Whether it is urban or rural, public or corporate sector, degrees hold a major role in our society. In Bangalore some kindergarten school is demanding some extra attention by using words like “IIT” and “IIM” on their sign board.  (Read the complete version here …)

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We can’t go back to past and fix everything

And we never realize that. What provoked me to write this post is the political situation in my home state.There has been a political change in my hometown. The ruling party has been shown the door after 34 years. The new party which came into power has highlighted the need for a change, a new beginning  throughout their electorial campaign. So common people in genaral, are dreaming for changes in all sectors. As if all unjust, and undue are going to be settled. The strong essence of this very dream is evident among most of us, including non political people. My friends, who were never involved with any political party,now became politically vocal . Thanks to social media.

Many of them are beliving in this dream of change, others are just opposing it. According to some, change has happend for good. Others say change is on the negative side. I must give thumbs up to the rulling govornment, for the fact that, at least they succeded to make people realise that some changes has happened in such a short time ( hardly 1 year). When a system is running for 34 years or so, be it possitive or negetive, any changes in it takes time.

I must say whatever has happened in last one year, are not fully acceptable. we noticed some flaws in the system. Somewhere we saw biasness or hooliganism of sort. Some blame games where some appropriate action was needed . But overall our situation has not been deteriorated. That is quit promising.Personally I believe 3 major factors worked behind this negative stuffs. Whenever a party comes into power, lots of unwanted people uses party’s name in getting undue advantages. it is near to impossible to restrict this immediately. Over the time, people will slowly identify these fellows, and eventually their wrong doings will be stopped. TMC is currently suffering because of this floating crowd. Hopefully everything will get settled over the time. Secondly, media biasness. Two out of three major source of bengali media are openly biased towards communists. India’s most eminent media tycoon is related to CPM’s supremo. So a major chunk of national and local media are in favor of opposition. Am not saying they are forging news are cooking up stories. they are just covering what they didn’t in past. For example, village hospitals run short of doctors. It’s a widely known fact. And because of this, some untrained,uneducated people are used for compounder’s job. It is totally illegal and unethical, but it has been there since independence or before that. Suddenly media became very interested in covering this story, and start blaming newly formed government for the same. Similarly in education, politics plays a major role because of those unions. And because of that some people got undue advantages in past. Media was silent at that time, now suddenly they become very much sensitive, whenever some people gets advantages because of their TMC tag. Whatever is happening is nothing new, only thing is media just got hypersensitive on these issues. If some changes can happen because of these hyper sensitivity , well and good. Lastly, there are some weak links in tmc which may never be rectified. But that is part and parcel of life. Even a battery comes with a positive and negative side, for a political party, it’s quit natural.

I believe every one will agree to one point. When a tried and tested formula fails repeatedly it’s wise to experiment with others, rather than sticking to old one. It may not fix our past blunders, but it may secure our future.

My views on reservations in india

If you are reading this article just to find some brand new facts or opinion, then am afraid to inform you that there is absolutely nothing new in this article. My school buddy Dr. Soumalya has posted some updates in orkut regarding reservation,secularism and minority politics. I don’t know what provoked him, but it’s his words which inspired me to spend some time on  writing this  article.

You see, reservation is not a new stuff in our country. And most of us know that it’s not an option. Still most of us favors it. The reason behind this is different for different people. Some of us are enjoying it, as they fall under minority tag. Some of us are in politics, and we  love minority vote bank. And there are many people, who doesn’t have an opinion. So they remain silent. Taking advantage of this situation, our government is introducing various types of reservations for various stages of society.

The result of this:-

1. Incompetent people in important positions.

2. Worst affected area is the medical profession, probably. It gets hit in 3 phases. First, they are getting advantage in entrance test( this heinous injustice may be compared to maradona’s hand of god incident :) ). Secondly  some incompetent people become doctor, which is pretty dangerous for public health.And because of these incompetent doctors, the meritorious doctors who belong to reserved category, gets affected. For example, I personally avoid going to schedule cast doctors fearing he is incompetent(Provided, he is totally unknown to me). Trust me, there are plenty of people who thinks in my way.

3. Reservation in any form, ignites racism. It’s like acknowledging races in official way.

4. It’s like wasting tax payers hard earned money to give some people undue advantages.

5. Some antisocial built their business around this situation. How? they provide fake sc/st/obc certificates to so called “higher” cast people. So that they can enjoy the fruit of  reservation unlawfully.

6. Countries overall growth suffers.

I know I have missed a lot of points in the above list. To be frank, that list is endless. So how to improve the condition of  backward people ?  I must say, Darwin was politically incorrect when he talked about survival of the fittest. We fail to accept that success and prosperity is not for everyone. Able and hardworking people will move forward, regardless of his cast. And rest of us will stay behind to form the backward class of society. In my opinion, if we really want to see more people in the upper crest, we may consider these ………..

1. Provide proper primary education, nutrition , freedom of thought , access to knowledge resources at early stages rather than pushing him into iits or iims at a later stage.

2. Arrange for scholarships for economically backward people, and please for god’s sake don’t select them based on cast or religion.

3. Teach the minorities not to think themselves as minorities.

4. And obviously, stop doing cast or religion oriented politics.

After all we are human not vote bank. Politicians should realize this.

(Originally published here )