Tamilnadu - Thanga Tamil nadu Sir!
Finally, counseling for single window admissions to Tamilnadu professional courses have begun. 96% of the MBBS seats are bagged by students belong to reserved community and forward community students were able to get very less number of seats. Does it mean, reserved community people have become competitive enough, so that reservation for some communities in the reserved quota could be scrapped and put them in general quota? That was the original idea of Dr. Ambedkar when he proposed the theory of reservation. I understand the need for such system for our country and I certainly back up reservation scheme.
However, the scenario here is very different. The apparent development of other castes is very illusionary as we see a lot of people are still not getting the level of education they deserve. The eye of the problem is people who are really backward are not benefited because people who are socially and economically well advanced claim the benefits. Let us imagine a reserved class student, whose parents are professionals like engineers, doctors, collectors etc. still claims he is backward and tries to fit into the quota where as real backward rural students are denied their opportunities as their seats are taken away by wealthy urban students.
Now, it is evident at least some sections of reserved quota people are competent enough to be put under open quota. Yes, I am saying something like creamy layer concept or reservation schema that takes these factors into account.
a) Social Backwardness
b) Economical status
c) If any of the parents are already benefited by the scheme before.
However, I am less hopeful of meaningful changes in our country that is good for our countrymen. After all in democracy only the heads are counted not the brains, that too ours is a pseudo democracy where politicians reap benefits by raking up people emotionally not intellectually.
Aadi thapasu kudutha aapu:
On the lighter side, let us see how “shani peyarchi” affected a “gurukal” of a famous temple called “Sankaran koil” in tirunelveli district.
Sankaran Koil temple is famous for function during this month of “aadi” called as “aadi thapasu”. As told by puranas, Mother goddess undertook a penance in this very place,during month of “aadi”, to convince Shiva and Vishnu to manifest as “shanakaranarayana”. This event is celebrated as “aadi tapasu” in a grand manner each year. This year some ministers of HRCE dept and collectors too attented the function.
Our poojari, let us name him “Ramasami gurukal” was a naive innocent person. Ramasami without knowing who is a “Big person” and who is a “Small person”, gave prasadams to all those officials and bureaucrats. Next day you know what he got? A suspension order!
Reason was, district collector was paid respect ahead of the minister and that calls for suspension of poojari!. Poor gurukal, might have thought everyone else is small in front of god and all must have looked same to him. I said to myself “Anga thaan nikkiran sani”.
"வெள்ளத்தனைய மலர் நீட்டம் மாந்தர்தம்
உள்ளத் தனையது உயர்வு"