Saturday, April 10, 2010

33% for Women-Some serious consequences

As I have mentioned in my facebook status,this time I have come up with my views about 33% reservations to women in Parliament.On seeing the title of this topic u might very well think that am a male chauvinist.I don't know whether am one or not :D,but whatever I am typing about this topic are facts which most of them doesn't expose.I don't know what change this 33% for women will bring in society.Even if there are any changes,definitely those changes will do no good for this nation.Why am I opposing this act?

Its simple.In India,women have equal rights as men.The constitution at no point prohibhits women from contesting elections or becoming ministers.But still y this reservation of 33% to women?I thought this bill will never be passed.But now the central govt., has successfully passed it in Rajya Sabha.The govt proclaims passing this bill as a great achievement.All the newspapers carried the news like Congress govt creates history.Actually it should have been like this:"The govt. has committed a historical blunder".But this bill also showed the intentions of some politicians,who purposefully opposed this bill.Who opposed it? It was the Yadav-trio(Laloo Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav).Their argument on this bill went too ugly,that head of the Rajya Sabha,honorable Vice President of India,Mr.Hamid Ansari,has adjourned the house several times.

Well now u might raise a question that why I am opposing the Yadav trio?Even am against the 33% reservation and they are also against it.So why should I oppose? The thing is they don't want this bill to be passed in its present format.Their argument is if this bill,passed in its present format,will be beneficial only to elite women and the women from 'suppressed communties(thaazhthapatta samoogam)' will not get the actual benefit.So they are demanding a quota for women belonging to SC/ST,Muslims etc., within this 33%.That is in this 33% a 5% for an X community,3% for Y community and so on.Which means they are demanding a 'quota-within-a-quota'.What to say about these people?Its really disappointing to see likes of Sharad Yadav,being the president of a honest party,doing such acts for the sake of minority votes.

Why they are suddenly demanding a quota for Muslims and Dalits in this 33%? Soon assembly elections r to be held in Bihar,Tamil Nadu,West Bengal etc.Eyeing the Muslim votes in these states they are demanding for a quota within this bill.Ofcourse,our honorable CM,Dr.Kalaignar has extended his full support to this bill.Infact Mrs.Sonia Gandhi,has praised him that,it was all bcoz of DMK and the TN CM,this bill was successfully passed in Rajya Sabha.So he is an exception here.One might wonder,how a pro minority CM like Dr.Kalaignar,supported the bill in its present format.He badly needs the alliance of congress :-).That is the only reason,for its unconditional support by ADMK too(she too wants to become an ally of congress).Behen Ji(Ms.Mayawati),Dhidhi Ji(Ms.Mamtha Banerjee) has opposed this bill.Reason-simple.Still Mulayam Singh is free and the centre has not gone against him,so Mayawati Ji is against this bill.Y Dhidhi Ji is not supporting this?Because,her principle opposition Communists are supporting this bill.The irony is that Women's reservation bill is not supported by many women in politics.

Had these people protested against passing this bill,saying that there should not b any quota for women,I myself would have supported them.Thats alright,lets discuss the other aspects.If there is one person,who boldly opposed this bill,its none other than the veteran journalist,Mr.Cho Ramasamy.I am really glad that,I could see atleast one bold journalist :-).Hats off Mr.Cho.

India is a country where women are respected and worshipped.We use the word 'mother' for every good thing here.Mothertongue('Thaimozhi'),Motherland('Thaiboomi') etc.. We worship so many Ammans,Durga Devi,Lakshmi Devi,Saraswathi Devi etc. If one is an atheist or non-Hindu,still no probs,he/she will have the same amount of respect for his/her mother.In India ladies special trains are being conducted.Even in MTC buses there are more than 50% of seats reserved for ladies :D.And there only men suffer,bcoz as per the law,men should not seat in ladies seats,but there is no such thing called gents seats in buses or gents compartment in trains(while there are so many ladies compartments).

I bet u in no other country women can get this much of respect or privileges.Ofcourse some male chauvinists are there.Still women get much respect and equal opportunity here.In this same country Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister. Even now so many female CMs are there like Mayawati or Sheila Dikshit and not to forget our president is also a female.So my million dollar question is, when the constitution doesn't stop women from becoming a PM or CM or President,why do u need a reservation?

If it is made mandatory that 33% of MPs has to be women candidates,this will only pave way for nepotism(family rule).If a candidate has a lot of respect and votes in an area,only his wife or sisters wil be given a seat.Like how the congress,in the name of bringing in youngsters brought in the heirs of famous politicians(Agatha Sangma-daughter of P.A.Sangma,Supriya Sule-daughter of Sharad Pawar,Rahul Gandhi-son of Rajiv Gandhi).Like how Laloo made his wife a CM when he was stripped of the CM post.So, obviously,this bill spoils the chances of genuine women candidates.The govt argues that this will help more women to actively participate in politics. For that no need of reservation.Its enough if the govt creates an awareness about politics to women.

Its enough if it conducts elections honestly. In the last parliamentary election one candidate was lagging behind by atleast 5000 votes until the last round of counting.But at the end of the counting,he was declared the winner. Now he is a minister and he is from TN.If elections raise such suspicions,its quite natural that women(not only women,normal innocent people) will fear to enter politcs.

If u think that if women gets the power,there will not be this much atrocities,slap urself and say "I am wrong :D".Recently one lady was making news for wearing a garland(that garland was made up of 1000 rupee notes,amounting to a total of around 5Crore). She is a CM of one of the Indian states.There was also a news in dailies that,her partymen brutally killed one engineer,just because he has not given money for her(CM's) birthday celebrations(ada oru software engineer nelamaya pathingala ya :( ).One lady abused the Bihar CM with rubbish words during 2009 Parliament elections.She was a former CM.One lady,when her victory in her constituency was declared invalid,declared emergency in India,fearing that she could not win in the election again(source: some newspapers).She was former PM of India.One former lady CM's house was captured in a video and a popular tv(as if this channel is a honest one :D) channel telecasted it,showing what a luxurious life she was living.

This is the condition of women politicians.So u can infer that there is no difference between the male and the female politicians right?

My honest opinion.This 33% reservation to women is an insult to women and the nation itself.According to Indian constitution all the MPs,MLAs,ministers,CMs,PM, President etc can  be women.Nothing prohibhits women from attaining the power.The girls and women should actively participate in politics.I have seen so many girls,saying "oh!!!politics,I hate it.Its full of violence and culprits".I asked a gal to name some culprits and asked the reason for calling them as culprits.She named some culprits(they r really culprits only :D),but she didn't know the reason.This is the case with some elitist mentality guys too

One more thing,this bill has to be passed in Lok Sabha too.Then only its impact can be seen.I am praying god that this bill should not be passed in Lok Sabha.The principle opposition party,BJP,has played it smart by not opposing the bill completely.They have asked for a debate in Parliament over this bill.But has given a strict NO to any quota within this bill. It was because the BJP supported this bill,the govt was able to pass it in Rajya Sabha.The BJP wanted to get this image and it got it.I would have been much happy,had BJP openly opposed this bill.Anyway,when president of the congress party,Mrs.Sonia Ji,wants to project herself as a winner in passing this so called historical bill,there is nothing wrong with Sushma Swaraj or Arun Jaitley in playing such a smart politics.

So girls and ladies,please don't get satisfied with 33%,constitution gives u more,participate in public activities in large numbers.Come on friends,let us all join together and oppose this act :D.
Note : Some of the facts,written above,is taken from some reputed newspapers and magazines.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Reservation-Quota systems in India

Hello friends.. Am back with a controversial topic.. I think this is the first time am blogging about such a controversial topic.. Actually I thought of giving a miss to this topic.. But things going around has made me to write an article about the reservation system in India.. I am not going to change anything by writing blogs about reservation,but to just to vent out my anger am doing this. Ofcourse I might get into some embarrassing situation with this blog, but still just wanted to go for it.. So what’s my take on reservations? The pic which I have included clearly gives the answer for this question.

Yes.Am not against reservations.But am against giving reservations to those who doesn’t deserve it. Why this concept of reservation was started?Its purely because of the fact that,once, the rights of some communities were suppressed by some of the ‘so called’ upper caste people. Only for the upliftment of these people, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar framed the constitution with reservations for the backward communities. The main goal behind this reservation is that every individual should get equal opportunities. If the reservations has been implemented properly, by this time most of the people from tribal areas,backward communities etc should be leading a better life(if not a comfortable life). And the % of reservation should have gone down gradually. But that didn’t happen and instead the % of reservation grew up gradually and it seems it will continue to grow.

All that am saying is the creamy layer should be chopped. What is creamy layer? This creamy layer denotes the people who has enjoyed the benefits of reservation and who r in a position to look after themselves(i.e., they,no more needs the govt to take care of themselves). How this reservation spoils the chances of the deserving people? Let us consider a family,which belongs to OBC category. The husband is an Engineer,the wife is a doctor. Now that their son wants to join medicine,but he has not scored enough marks to get it in general category. So his community comes into picture and he can get a seat in OBC quota. He has enough marks for that. Is this not spoiling the chances of others? If he has not got enough marks to get medicine means,he should have chosen any other field for which he is eligible or he should have bought it,I mean got it by paying money.

Don’t think am too harsh on him.The reason y am saying like this is,he is neither socially nor economically backward. But he couldn’t score enough marks purely because of his incompetency.Giving quotas to such people will degrade our standard(education,jobs etc).He is indirectly spoiling the chances of another OBC student and also reducing the seat in general category. I have seen people missing out seats in reputed Indian univs,by 1 mark,1/2 mark etc in general category. So according to me,this creamy layer should be chopped.

Then,nowadays there is another issue making news everywhere. That is increasing quotas to backward communities in all religions. The AP govt,under late,Mr.YSR, announced 4% reservation for Muslims.But the AP High Court,rejected this and said there is no provision in law to provide reservations based on religion. Once again the AP govt announced quotas to some communities belonging to Islam,stating that they are socio-economically backward.Once again the Supreme Court rejected it.But now it(Supreme Court) has given a go ahead for this law temporarily and has referred this case to a constitutional bench.So the final verdict is yet to come,but until it comes this can be implemented.

Another similar announcement in West Bengal.The govt,under Mr.Buddhadeb Bhattacharya,has again announced quotas for Muslims,which again if challenged in court,will be rejected. Because,till now there is no provision in our constitution to provide reservation based on religions.And not to forget,our man, Dr.Kalaignar,our honorable CM,is also facing one such issue. The thing is some days back there was a dharna by Dalits of Christianity in TN. They want the reservation to be given to Dalits belonging to all religions. So our CM,has written letter(as usual) to our PM,regarding this.But what’s the problem in this?

The thing is,again Mr.Ambedkar, allocated this reservation purely based on socio-economic background.It is only in Hindu religion, the varnasrama concept of Brahmana,Kshatriya,Vaisya and Suthra existed.So only in Hinduism,a particular group of people where suppressed of any rights.But there is no such Varnasram concept in Islam or Christianity. So, a person,who will be grouped under SC/ST,when he is a Hindu,will be grouped under OBC only,if he gets converted to anyother religion.FYKI, reservation already exists for other religions too,but under OBC.

I want to make a question here. The Christian Missionaries converts illiterates,Dalits etc from Hinduism,only with the assurance that they won’t be treated badly and there is no untouchablity in Christianity.They also provide assurance that these people will be provided with a good job,education etc. So it obviously means that the status of these people gets elevated once they get converted to other religions.So again why u people are protesting for reservations?Most of the people know only Mr.Periyar(Mr.E.V.Ramasamy,honorably called as Periyar) as an atheist.Yes he was.But I have come across some of his principles in a book.In that he has clearly mentioned that the untouchablity should be abolished in Hinduism.Otherwise people will use this as an advantage and convert these ‘so called untouchables’ to some other religion,which is a grave threat to our nation. I strongly support this.Both untouchablity and forceful conversion is a shame and crime.

But one thing,if someone after reading Bible or Quran or Bhagavad Gita,impressed by its principles,wants to follow that particular religion means,there is nothing wrong in it.Its the individual’s own right.

Let’s come back to reservation. Now there is a comedian(hey he is really a comedian only) who is praising our CM for his personal benefits,says that he is the representative of Brahmins and he says that even Brahmins should get reservation.How did he suddenly become savior of Brahmins?God knows the reason.A reservation for Brahmin community will again end up in misery.Again the creamy layer will enjoy all the benefits. So what Mr.S.Ve.Sekhar says is utter nonsense.I don’t support this.

So the protest is going on. A commission set up by the govt., headed by former chief justice of India,Mr.Ranganath Mishra has recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and five per cent for other minorities in government jobs and favoured Scheduled Caste status for Dalits in all religions.I don’t know whether this is also possible according to law. Who knows our politicians,who wants to project themselves as the saviors of Muslims/Christians might alter the law itself and might make this possible.

But in my honest opinion,the political parties are playing this reservation issue to woo Muslims and Christians. Purely votebank politics.

But as a responsible citizen of India,I am not ok with this.Now people might think that am writing all these stuff since I was a victim of reservation.If u think so u r wrong.I have never been a victim of reservation and I believe I will never be.Yes u r right,I am grouped under OC.But am just expressing my thoughts on quotas. I myself have seen a person who got converted to Christianity due to unbearable torture in the name of untouchablity and he has given in writing that his son/daughter doesn’t need any reservation, as he is a doctor and is well enough to take care of his child. Hats off Doctor.

If the quotas r really meant for the upliftment of the backward people,the creamy layer should be chopped.Again a new census should be taken and the report of how many % of people r still badly in need of the reservation must tabled in Supreme Court. Based on this new report,the quotas should be given. I believe only because some people were not given equal opportunities they couldn’t succeed in their life. If they get opportunity,they will win. And caste is no bar for achieving. I believe god created everyone with equal talent and knowledge.

So acc to me this reservation should reach the deserving people and people should come forward themselves to renounce the quotas,once they get a better life.And the reservation should b given based on economic background(and again enough care should be taken to c that people doesn’t project themselves as poors for the sake of quotas).

Note: In some places I have referred to some people as Dalits,’so called untouchables,so called upper caste,so called suppressed community’ etc.I don’t have anything to do with these names. Since in society they are called that way,I’m forced to use these words and I have no other option to highlight them.And if this article hurts anyone or if anyone feels that am against u,kindly ignore it,thinking that this is a worthless article.My intention is not to hurt anyone, just expressing my opinion.