Besides all the melodrama of business and engineering education and the quota for minority and backward classes, the current situation of primary education still doesn’t seem to be improved. The government and the HRD ministry just shrug off by giving excuses that they are spending a heck lot of money in primary education. But when it comes to the resultant, everybody starts playing blame game. I wonder why these politicians are worried about quota in elite institutes more than the primary education and educating the mass, especially those living in rural areas. The union government spends an overwhelming amount of Rs. 24, 115 crore every year for education. This is not a small amount of money and the goal can easily be achieved if it could be spent with a serious goal to increase literacy rate. But again, if we see other way round, this is not also adequate money and this sector should be allotted more money through different schemes and programs. It needs intensive care because education is the most important factor that can stop India becoming super-power by 2020 or so, considering the fact that by 2020-30, almost 75% of Indian population will be youth and this young India needs education now. And while the funds are inadequate for primary and higher education, what is the need of spending more than Rs. 40,000 crore to implement OBC quota in IITs and IIMs? It should surely be considered that which part of human resource is being developed by the HRD ministry and how should the overall goal of HRD be conceived by us. The government advocates the implementation of reservation in elite institutes by referring it as the empowerment of the impoverished and oppressed class of the nation. This gets strengthened by the plan of spending more than Rs 40,000 crore which is considerably much greater amount than the money being spent on primary education. I doubt if anybody can justify this policy of the government when the money spent on some 5000 people is more than the money spent on 48 crore children who needs or going through primary education and a approximately 65% of total population who are studying or needs the education. It is crystal clear, even to a layman, that who needs empowerment and special or just honest considerations from the leaders their parents have chosen with a hope to get justice and genuine benefits from the government. One can imagine that how much improvement could have been brought if the money going to be spent in implementing OBC quota would have been spent in improving primary education and revitalizing age-old education policy. If the reason behind this situation had been the failure of the government system, we would have been satisfied with it. But the most depressing point is the motive and intentions of the policies and our leaders.
As I perceive, there are primarily two main reasons behind the digressing rate of literacy and education in India. First, the policies and second, the way available resources get utilized. In my business life, I follow one simple formula – The difference between getting at least 2% profit and losing your shirt lies in the optimizing the efficiency of available resources. Ditto with the machinery of government and Indian education system. For a moment, we forget the policies of central government in quota system, reservation policies, education policies, least effective research to improve education, education framework, etc. Let the leaders work on their vote-bank policies instead of the education policies. But if they work on rectifying the system which spends the funds and implements the resources provided by the government to run educational programs, India will achieve much greater success in primary and higher education.
Kaushal,a friend of mine reminded me of a quote by Rajiv Gandhi today. Rajiv Gandhi has famously said “If we send a elephant from here, it will become a rat before it reaches to a ground level person“. Almost the same has happened with the case of primary education. The central tells the system to teach the kids “education” and the kids finally don’t even learn the “e” of education. If the government runs the machinery in a way that it could utilize all the available and already existing resources, it will receive at least 70% improvement in situations. The problem is not only the inefficient funds or resources to be spent. Actually, the most severe problem is “not utilization of the available resources” and the policy. For example, take any case of government scheme, for instance, JRY. The center releases Rs. 1 lakh and when it reaches at the bottom level (where it had to be spent) it gets reduced to Rs. 20000. Even in the cases where hierarchy is smallest, for example PMRY, the beneficiary receives no more than 60% of actual amount. You have enough resources but the machinery consumes most of this and there is absolutely nobody to take care of this. The common man has been kept in dark and distant and few are taking benefits of this. Besides the dirty politics and vote-bank agenda, still the government doesn’t spend less money. The main issue is that it doesn’t get spent, whatever the problem is and whoever is responsible behind this.
I agree with the fact that a larger chunk of illiterate, poor, and unaware parents don’t want to send their children to the schools and they rather opt to make them work for livelihood. Here, I second V Raghunathan (writer of Games Indian play) when he says that regulation comes from self-regulation. The government has made a roadmap for every common man who later becomes part of that system. The system tells them how to become crook. And when we talk about the self-regulation, we also need to talk about the regulation policies. A simple example is that when all the reports/data/surveys/census tell that the situation of primary education is digressing, then what is the need to spend almost 40,000 crore rupees in implementing OBC quota in IIM/IITs? Shouldn’t this money be spent for improving primary education? Then, why doesn’t the government try to regulate properly. Obviously, it doesn’t like self-regulation because in same manner, the government will also require to regulate itself.
For example, consider the Companies Act, which governs disclosure of financial information by publicly listed firms. Today, if a public company does not disclose its financial statements on time, the penalty is Rs. 1,000 a day. This implies that if a company is willing to spend $9,125 on fines, it can go a whole year without making financial information available in the public domain. To me, that almost sounds like an incentive for companies not to file their annual financial statements. How can we have self-regulation when the regulations themselves are so weak? The reality is that back when these regulations were formulated, a thousand bucks a day was a lot of money. Today, you would need to charge corporations a penalty of Rs. 10 million a day for it to be a deterrent. The trouble in India is that the chances or being caught are low, and the consequences of being caught are weak. As a result, we have forgotten what self regulation means.
Well, let me take the topic away from the well-known agenda of government and failure of government policies and most of all, the facts of our leaders and political parties. I move to the education system and the process now.
Let me give you an example from Jharkhand. The teachers (from primary, middle, and high schools) get the highest salary than anybody else. Almost every panchaayat has 4-5 schools, even more. Besides all these arrangements of teachers and schools, the government started “sarva shiksha abhiyaan” for rural areas. Local public got selected for this purpose and a committee of 10 persons from the village got appointed in every village. The job of that committee was to vigil and to ensure the attendance of teachers & students and the availability of midday meals in primary schools. Along with it, some more people got hired by the state government at lesser salary to ensure that the schools are not lacking the teachers. These people have been working on partly-volunteer basis and partly-employed basis. Above this bottom level, there has been a well-formed system of bureaucracy which is responsible behind the implementation of education policies, expenditure of funds, and making sure the system works and works well. The machinery is not much adequate or greatly resourced but it can be assumed that the arrangement is good enough to start achieving sustainable growth in literacy rate and basic education.
Then what happened after all those arrangements?
Teachers – They still demand for the increment in salary and they are no way inclined to educate the kids. The only good thing is that they at least appear in the schools more often now.
Vigilance – There is not any arrangement to ensure that the money is being spent correctly and the system is running well.
Attendance – Still the same. Forget the students, now there are the evidences of proxy attendance of teachers and SSA volunteers.
Village Committee – They think that they are given an authority by the government, but they don’t still understand the responsibility that why this committee got existence and privileges.
What is the current situation?
There is still unavailability of primary schools in every village.
Teachers appear in schools but there is no significant development in terms of teaching style and education patterns.
There are no private schools in village as well, so one has to go to the towns or compromise with the education.
Though the committee is made from the local people, they don’t do anything to persuade teachers to teach students or to convince the villagers to send their children to the schools. To be precise, they dont do anything at all except dealing with the money that comes from government to be spent on midday meals et al.
Villagers are either not aware or not convinced to educate their children and there is nobody available to make them aware about the education.
There is no such thing in the government machinery to vigil the functioning of the education department, schools, funds, and related bodies and people. I wonder whether DO and school inspectors exist or not.
To start a NGO or volunteer service for primary education is not a viable and efficient option. If the country has to achieve 100% literacy, there is only one way left that is to make the government system run properly. We can’t only blame the top political leadership because they are at least spending money in education sector. There is flaw in the entire system and everything needs a renovation – policy, government, system, teachers, infrastructure, people, students, everything. This will be hypocrisy if we don’t raise our eyes at the primary education, but only make a hullabaloo about the quota issues, entrepreneurship, higher education, research, and stuffs. Primary education is indeed the primary issue and everybody should understand the fact. Sustainable growth and a developed nation will only be a dream if we fail to provide primary education to each and every citizen of India.
If the term government is about the central government (ministers and all) then they are doing the job fairly well (in terms of providing funds for education system). They have allocated the funds for everything, vis-a-vis, infrastructure, teachers, midday meals, etc. Well, we may say that this expenditure is not enough for 100% literacy and HRD ministry should take care of primary education more than the quote et al, but it could at least be sufficient for 70% growth. But the problem is that even 70% is not literate, that means, the available resources are not even fairly utilized. The worst thing the situation didn’t improve after all these extra arrangements and also there is no sign of improvement considering the process remains still. So, why the resultant is cipher instead of that much expenditure? Definitely some people are responsible for that. And who are those people? Obviously, the people who are involved in this education system – the ministry, the teachers, the committee of local villages, AND the parents. This probably forms the entire system that serves the purpose of union government to provide primary education to each and every child regardless of the socio-economical status and all. Ignore the ministers (union and state). Reason: – Their job is to provide funds only and they are doing that (lets assume for a moment). But still, why to ignore anyone? Why to ignore the mistakes of anybody – even us?
The people involved and the “possible” things they should do and don’t.
1. Minister (union and state) : [political leaders]
Make policies(for the reason that the current education is not good enough because the results are depressing, so make new ones);
Provide enough fund to implement the policies and infrastructure;
Monitor the expenditure and results by taking reports in hierarchical manner (union ministers <- secretaries and state ministers <-the bureaucrats who are handling the education department in the particular state);
Ensure the functioning of the department by asking for regular reports from officials and providing extra resources that the system requires;
Spend some time on primary education improvement instead of wasting months for quota and related issues;
Spend some time on improving course of syllabus, education patters, innovation in system, policies making, study materials/etc.
2. Bureaucrats (all level):
Ensure working of the officials in hierarchical manner;
Employ reporting system;
Make proper channel of vigilance;
Initiate programs for making common people(villagers primarily) aware and convince them for education (this can be done by using the same people who are employed for part-time teaching or SSA volunteers at lesser amount of salary);
Each DO(of each district) should held a meeting at least once a month;
Each DO should manage the district vigilance officials and ensure that each school is being visited by them at least twice a month,
Take proper action against the teachers who are not attending schools or involved in proxies or not providing midday meals properly or even not teaching properly.
Should give reports to the district officials once a month,
Organize meetings with villagers,
Attend schools regularly,
Provide good teaching,
Monitor the working of village committees and complain to the officials to dissolve and reelect the committee if the committee is failed to perform as it was supposed to do,
Coordinate with villagers;
Involve with the children closely despite of their social status,
Consult the parents if their children are not performing well or not attending the school.
Consult all villagers and take an indirect/unofficial survey to choose the right people for the committee.
4. Village Committee:
They first need to understand that all these arrangements are made for the welfare of themselves, their own children. They should :-
Coordinate with the teachers;
Monitor the attendance, teaching patterns, and performance of teachers, along with the midday meals;
Create awareness, convince, and persuade the villagers to ensure that all kids are attending the school (there are several ways to do it-by social pressures, personal pressure, threat to discard from society that they always do – and at least this can be done by the committee);
Initiate to involve educated people in the education process whenever and wherever possible.
Monitor the attendance, teaching patterns, and performance of teacher and midday meals whenever possible;
Monitor the working effectiveness of committee and involve with them and persuade them if they are not working properly;
Ensure the 100% attendance of their children, Provide them study materials (if cant afford, then ask to the elite and educated people from village or even the teachers and officials);
Give them time to study at home;
Ensure that they are performing well.
6. Other Villagers:
Can do most of the things voluntarily that the committee and the parents are doing;
Make parents aware and convince them;
Educated people can also help the needy children with free tuition, books, and stuffs;
More educated people (who don’t live in villages but visit the village) help children with study materials and resources, guide them, and help whoever deserves to undertake higher education.
Attend school, study well, and don’t waste the midday meals. 😆
Now, these are the possible things that the involved(or not involved) people can/should do. I am not blaming just because I have the only thing to do is to blame. But, if we don’t point out the errors, we can’t possible get the solutions. The errors are, for sure, caused by some bugs and talking about them is not blaming them, rather identifying them. As I think, only WE, the people of India, can’t enable the country to achieve the goal of 100% literacy. But also, the goal of 100% literacy can’t be achieved without the involvement of the people of India. One thing is sure that the government system MUST work properly to let the goal be realized because the government has a very large machinery and system and the public/private bodies can’t replicate that. And without having such machinery, 100% literacy is indeed very difficult, if not impossible. That’s why, perhaps, education, healthcare, and infrastructure are called the basic sectors of government. For 100% literacy, we need government. In fact, rather than “we need support of government”, “government needs our support”. It requires involvement of everyone – we, every citizen of India, the government, and the entire system.
The bottom line is to find a way to collaborate the common citizens (including us) with the government machinery and take bottom-up approach to make it work effectively.
This article was all about the current scenario and the problems associated with it. The left points are:- Citizen’s solution to this issue, the education policy, renovation required in the existing education system, and a roadmap to the 100% educated India. I’ll try to write about other dimensions and next steps very soon. Suggestions are welcome.
The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, the man was genius. And here comes another genius – M. Veerappa Moily with some tremendous scientific ideas. His appearance in the most sacrosanct warfare was quite bright tending to prove himself the most genius guy of our times. The report of the oversight committee was the same, trying to justify all the actions, after such gang-ho created by UPA government and citizens over the quota cauldron. The HRD minister is still crying, vociferous but isolated, and few more committees have to be formulated in coming days. Vrinda Karat, Sitaram Yechury, and other communists are still protesting, don’t know why. Students are making alliances again and industry is celebrating the power of money. But, the brave man Moily submitted the report with numerous innovative paragraphs and its making HRD minister’s outcry louder than ever. The considerable point with Moily is that he doesn’t stop now and the most important point is that none seems to be finished when it comes to reservation. Everyone has an issue and counter-issue to produce and who is taking the decisions is still in the vague.
This is the second decade of Mandal and the debate and it doesn’t seem to be reached at any conclusion. After Kashmir and alike Kashmir, reservation has become the most working formula in this bloody business of our political avatars. Ramadoss duo quoted that the OBCs can’t wait now, they already have waited for 59 yearsin the same way Kashmir-related and Pak-supported terrorists quote everyday. Neither Kashmiris said it once nor the OBCs. The debate never landed in the mainstream that what exactly the people want. Uplifting is really an issue in our society and it certainly has to be taken care of. But, how will uplifting and the absolute social justice be achieved? Okay, we consider that the reservation can bring a sort of justice to the backward citizens however, neither it made any effect in the past 15 years nor it seems to do anything in the coming years. During my childhood, Id read somewhere that when Arjun Singh travels, more than 50 vehicles follow his car and in the same way, VP Singh’s constituency was one of the most undeveloped districts in the decade of 90s. This is what these social godfathers do for uplifting the non-privileged citizens of the country. What kind of change the whole reservation debate has brought to the society is visible to all. Everyone knows that the grass root is still not affected by all these developments.
According to Moily, Rs 20,000 crore (approx) — half is one-time expenditure and half of the money is recurring expenditure(to be spent every year)— will be spent in next 5 years to implement the new quota policy. I’m not an economist/social planner, but I can visualize that such amount of money could be well spent on the primary education of 35.2% illiterate people. They are busy in amending child labor law and they smartly overlook the reason behind it. Who need the education— the SC/ST/OBC people preparing for JEE/CAT in Aakash/Career launcher or the 10-15 yrs old children working on tea-stalls and leather factories. Rs. 20000 crore..for 5000 reserved students(every year) and as the statistics shows, half of them will move to US/UK who got uplifted after this whole cauldron India or US? Are we creating warfare for enhancing economy of silicon valley? As I think, India doesn’t need this solution. Rs. 20000 crore for IIT and IIM. How many students from tribal lands and rural places join these elite institutes? The child carrying cleaning cups and glasses at tea-stall or working in farms with their parents in borrowed lands.under-privileged people never get the absolute advantage. Rs. 20000 crore.Rs. 10000/year was well enough to educate one illiterate person in tribal/rural areas. I’ve observed that rural youth haven’t got lesser talents, they need mental uplifting and a sort of economical support. Spending Rs. 10000 per student could have become miracle for them. According to Moily’s report, few more committees will be set to analyze situations in IIMs and other elite institutes. In the rural primary schools, there is no CVC/committee appointed to ensure the operations of teachers/school inspectors/D.O. Few years before, education dept has hired some volunteers for random inquiries in primary/other schools.the teachers paid them better than the government and now, teachers appear in schools once in a week and the volunteers are doing the same thing as earlier, that is, playing cards. Rs. 20000 crore.and uplifting of under-privileged citizens, social justice, removal of “manuvadi” culture, and whole debate of education. Rs. 20000 crore.millions of Indian taxpayers and a team formed by Singh, Ramadoss, Moily, Karat, Yechuty, Meera, Paswan, and Yadav. Rs. 20000 crore.. awakened silence of more than 1 billion Indian citizens and exaggerated outcry of one minister. This is how we are getting social justice. This is how we are uplifting the under-privileged citizen. This is how we act like Zimbabwe/Fiji and speak like US/Swiss. This is how will we achieve the dream of India-2020.
Well, the final report is expected by August 31, but what to do with it. We already know what is going to happen after all. Before that, look at top 3 poor jokes of last week:-
The committee decided to ask all individual institutions to submit their detailed project reports (DPRs) for infrastructure upgrade. (as if, they always listen to the voices made by them)
According to the report, besides adopting a code of conduct, the industry will create 100 entrepreneurs from SCs/STs in the first year. (well, how will they do it?)
It also proposes establishment of coaching centers for about 10,000 SC/ST students in 10 universities and also for entrance exams in professional and technical courses for 5,000 students. (hmm…justifying the amendment that leads to more chaos).
RTI : Loss of a right
The biggest joke of the last week is that former IRS Arvind Kejriwal won Magsaysay Award for his remarkable contribution in RTI. This was the biggest achievement for Kejriwaal and slap on the government’s face. Still not recovered from quota cauldron, the “empowered” citizens got another shock. Everyone is performing own power-game, earlier they were politicians and now they are bureaucrats. “Right to Information” was another equipment making the common man empowered in this chaotic situation of the nation. But, it was harassing our IAS lobby, making them weaker among the citizen power. It almost became a necessity to amend the law before the citizen could become enlightened and prevent autocracy and corruption. Here comes the absolute social justice. That means, empower the segment who will benefit you and call it social justice. Social Justice.the most ridiculous word in a democratic nation. After all, which authority will lose its patronage and who will want to become answerable for their action. This is power-business, bureaucrats kept their mouth shut in the reservation issue. Now its time for payback, the politicians will return for their loyalty. Who is going to take care of the citizens? The proposal contended for all such details related to personal information, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the piracy of the individual. In the case of Kejriwal’s demands, how the committee could even imagine that appointments to Government of India is a private affair of some officers and that it does not have a public interest. The rationale for government actions, the lack of actions, change in certain policy, allotment of certain contract, or why a sanction was withheld to prosecute a particular corrupt official, aren’t they matter of public interest or related to public welfare, after all? Okay, let the old men protest again and let Kejriwal’s career be finished. Delhi police has always been busy with controlling protests and strikes, let the government utilize their HR costs.
And the bigger than the biggest joke is that they(who are making amendments in RTI act) are the same people who asked private/public companies to make their HR activities transparent to the government and the whole nation. Over the issue of reservation in private sector, it was decided that the companies will volunteered support “under-privileged people empowerment” and recruit people from reserved categories more than earlier. At the same time, the organizations will provide all the details to the government..and the government, they are taking the opposite decision when it comes to the transparency in their own activities. What a joke!!!
Now, at least, one thing is confirmed. The politics and the authorities are in the greatest fear.afraid of the voters, afraid of the citizens, afraid of everything. All these events are just the consequences of the fears and their frustrationsand it gives the citizens more opportunity to increase the heat. What say!!!
“The union government should not allow the unjust demand of anti-reservation people, who form 5-10% of the populations of India. They suggest phased implementation of reservation for OBCs, application of creamy layer concept and increase in the seats for general category. I am of the firm opinion that if these demands are accepted, it will amount to preferentially empowering the empowered, at the cost of oppressing the oppressed. It is strange that the creamy layer concept was not applied to the unreserved category till date these demands are entirely unconstitutional and unethical.” — M Karunanidhi, a letter to PM, Dated- Aug 4, Published – Aug 6.
Read his statement again..this is “the joke of the year”..totally ridiculous!!!
1). All are crooks here, no individual can blame and be blamed
2). We too. piracy, self-contradictions, procrastination, irresponsibility, cowardice, and many more
3). IIMs are best place to employ reservation and the quota percentage should be no less than 100%
4). They never produce(support) entrepreneurs and leaders.. copy-cats from Harward Stanford and that even 10 yrs old practices.
6) Every year Bakul Dholakia comes with a press release included the total no of foreign placements and highest paid dollar sand the celebration continues for months
7). World’s 2nd largest IT country has prides— tally, hotmail, and few local players
8). Infosys never dared to start innovation/product dev earlier, they had to make presence in global market well, what now? even after such large volume of revenue and potential human resource, you have no motivation except increasing quarterly profit
9). Political parties are busy in fighting with each other.only job they have
10). Planning commission.and their words—in Feb, GDP will be 8-9% this year and in June, GDP can’t reach at 8-9% until the foreign investment rate grows by 4-5%.they have no idea about the planning itself
11). 5-yrs plan have always been a great failure.and they keep making them
12). Millions are being spent on ministry/deptt of disinvestment result is cipher, bloody, they need to be privatized first
13). Communists never stop attempting to destroy the peace and growth of country
14). Learn from Bill gate she’s investing in the India for AIDS/Malaria/others as a philanthropist.more than governments’ funds..fortunate people and unfortunate politicians/bureaucrats, the money is coming from Bill’s account, rather than IMF/World bank fund..otherwise, there were strong bright chances of loosing money in the longest logistics of Indian gov shud politicians start protesting now that the money will be spent by state government and gov officials?.no direct investment is allowed by any foreign personal, anyways (some1 convey this idea plz)
15). Was medical students protest a sign of “the strike”?
16). State governments.they really have several problems, like Kaveri issue, Narmada, river linking, modi, migration, foreign invaders (biharis in assam/maharashtra, bangalis in delhi, north Indians in south, south Indians in north, muslims in gujarat, north-east everywhere).really severeno need to wonder there are no development steps being taken by state govmt.
17). Why are diff gov organizations if there is no job and in spite of spending crores like, mahila aayog, pariwar kalyan, dalit aayog, prathmik sikhsha, malaria unmulan, and 100s more
18). Is Supreme court administrating India??why they need to appear after govt fails with each and every issue?
19). Why “education” has become most profitable industry in India (coaching instt, 2000 b-schools, thousands of engg coll) when none is being educated/taught correctly, even at the slightest level..and why do UGC/AICTE/HRD exist?
20). Who is the most significant face of Indian service industry revolutions??..call centers and BPOs..that’s wat we cud do after all..no options, we r having pride that most of the country’s talents from IIT/IISc/IIM/Univs/Instt are placed in US/Europe/Australia we say it “global Indian takeover”.bloody, where the hell is “local indian takeover”.oops.it is “India-MNCs’ takeover” now
21). India has some of the most intelligent economists/finance specialists in the world..wat abt the fluctuation of Sensex everyday? cant u make any rule for stabilizing the FII/FDI flow?
22). politicians never care abt the national security, it’s vote-bank after all.since kashmir has the greatest impact on ppl so we dont care abt nepal/bangladesh/srilanka.well, sometimes Bhutan does our jobs stupid bhutani king, he can’t even win a panchayat election.we hv made such situation that Indian overlook everything when it comes to pakistan/kashmir.. and we(govt) are focussedthat’s another thing that we hv got almost no results there but why shud the issue b solved.it is a strongest stimulant for getting votes..ya, of course, they r goin to raise the issue 6 months before the general elections
23). who gave such authorities to politicians/bureaucrats. tht made narayanmurthy/kurien/medha/Pitroda overwhelmed.by whom.the crap dewegauda/meera kumar..
24). Lakhs of cases are pending in thousands of courts(supreme-state-district-) where is supreme court now?
25). India hasn’t produced single true Indian MNC in last 58 years only achievement– Tata motors sold 1 lakh Tata Indica in Europe well, Hyundai sells more in mere India, every year can’t learn from Japan, they were worse than us in 1947.
Well, too much talks and too much thoughts.actions are still awaited or we are waiting for some kind of miracle or catastrophe or we are still happy that India was “sone ki chidiya” once, “jo kab ki ud chuki” well, time moves on, so do webut, the question is still the same.who is John Galt? Do I? Do you? And Where is he?.Call him..The country is waiting!!!
Let me tell you a little story. It is a bit gruesome, but quite interesting nevertheless. And there is a moral too, in the end. If reading about the illtreatment of women and violence against them makes you feel funny in your intestines, then this post is definitely not for you.There was this unbelievably beautiful girl, Indira Ishwardas Thakur (You could call her Ms. IIT for the sake of convenience), who used to live in this pretty interesting locality called Indrakumar-Natwarlal-Durgadas International Avenue (you could INDIA, for the sake of convenience). I.N.D.I.A. was interesting because it was full of diversity. The people who lived there came from different sections of society, and there was nothing homogeneous about the place. There were some swanky malls and office-complexes located about the avenue, as were some less interesting places like tabelas and filthy fish-markets.
Ms. Indira Ishwarlal Thakur happened to be the most beautiful woman who lived in IND International Avenue, and half the male population of the locality wanted to be friends with her, or better still be something more than friends with her. Most of the local boys who used to get together for a chat or smoke, would somehow always talk about how great it would be to sleep with Indira. She was definitely every man’s fantasy.
Not only was Ms. IIT beautiful, she also happened to be one of the smartest and the most intelligent human beings who inhabited the locality. Being beautiful, intelligent and confident and a cut above the rest, Indira was quite understandably a bit choosy about the men she liked to fraternize with, or accept as lovers. She had very high-standards and was only known to accept the company of men she really liked. Men who were intelligent, men who were handsome, men who were witty, men who were capable, men whom Indira thought were really worth her.
Ms. IIT liked only five men in her locality, and was great friends with them. Nothing serious, really. Just the sugary goodness of a platonic friendship with each of them. A little bit of flirting was, of course, implied. These men were undoubtedly the coolest dudes who lived around the place and the smartest ones too. Their names were Mohan, Edwin, Rohit, Imitiyaz and Tarun (well, MERIT, for short). Ms. IIT very happy in the company of Messrs MERIT, and they got along like a house on fire.
This, of course, left a large sections of others males in the avenue frustrated and jealous. They didn’t like the fact that IIT was only friends with MERIT, and not with them. Forget being friends with them, she cared two hoots about them and wouldn’t even care to talk to them. “How dare that slut!”, thought the others. “Something should be done about it! Who does that whore think she is? Lets do something about it!”, rose a few voices.
Then there was this rather nasty gang of street-side thugs whom Indira hated. There were too many of them, actually. There was Ibrahim, there was Naresh, there was Chandru, there was Omar, there was Maqbul, there was Peter, there was Eijaz, there was Tony, there was Eric, there was Nagesh, there was Chetan, and Eric’s little brother Edward (Messrs INCOMPETENCE, to be short). The only thing these people ever thought of, when they were sufficiently drunk, was how to manage to get Indira laid. Messrs INCOMPETENCE went to a local gang leader and expressed their desires. The gang leader, who was the most demented of all the people, said it was okay to rape Indira, if they liked. They just had to make a clean job of it, and he would take care of the rest.
Buoyed by their Godfather’s assurances, the people whose names could be summarized with the acronym INCOMPETENCE hatched a nasty plan. They would first bump off the guys, and then tackle Ms. IIT. So they got into a couple of TATA Safaris, with half a dozen guns, a few baseball bats, knives, etc. and set out to action the plan.
Indira and the boys were having a quiet chat in a classy upmarket restaurant, when the rowdy crowd entered, brandishing their baseball bats and shiny pistols. Soon, they all overpowered Messrs MERIT and dragged them out of the restaurant, violently pushing Indira out after them. MERIT did put up a small fight, but they were simply overwhelmed by the numerical strength of INCOMPETENCE. Within a few minutes, MERIT’s game was up. Mohan and Rohit got their throats slit, Tarun had every bone in his body smashed to bits, Imtiyaz and Edwin were shot in their heads, with minimal fuss. INCOMPETENCE didn’t suffer much, except for a few scratches here and there. Soon, the dead bodies were dumped into a garbage bin and left to rot.
During the scuffle, Indira had tried to escape and managed to run a short distance, but she was soon caught up with by Maqbul and Peter, pushed to the ground and firmly held there, with Maqbul’s foot firmly pressed against her head. Soon, the rest of INCOMPETENCE arrived at the scene and proceeded to realise, what they had been able to hitherto only dream of. A couple of them violently slapped her across her face till her lips bled, just to get her to stop screaming and creating such a huge ruckus. Ibrahim and Omar ripped her clothes off, without further delay and then Maqbul pushed her down once again, this time with her back to the ground.
They all took turns mounting her, with one of them choking her neck and another firmly pressing her mouth shut, to stifle her groans. Young Edward amused himself by piercing Indira’s naked flesh with the knife which he was carrying, just to see how she bled. It was an interesting scene, actually: twelve men, a few of them with their pants pulled down, huddled over the body of a completely helpless, naked woman, as if the female body wasn’t alive, but just a mere toy with which they could play with.
While Messrs INCOMPETENCE were half done, a local social worker suddenly descended onto the scene. INCOMPETENCE just blankly stared at her – it was Anitatai Zopadpattiwale, a woman they held in high respect. They were afraid, she might not approve of what they had done, but she gave them a reassuring smile. Messrs INCOMPETENCE moved away from the body on the ground – yes, for all practical purposes it was just a body on the ground now. Anitatai knelt on the ground and ran her fingers through the semi-concious Indira’s hair. INCOMPETENCE had by now pulled up their pants and were eyeing Anitatai suspiciously.
“It is okay dear”, said Anita to Indira. “This was long since, coming – You ignored these people for such a long time, and you wouldn’t talk to them. Well, this was the only solution”. “But! These people are thugs! And they are raping me!”, said Indira. “So be it”, said Anita. “Isn’t it all justified – you ignored these men because you thought they weren’t good enough for you. You were friends with MERIT all along just because they were smart, all along. Could the INCOMPETENCE boys help it, if they weren’t smart? Could they control what parents they were born to? They are dumb, incompetent and good-for-nothing because they did not get the enivoronment which merit did?
“Do you ever realise” yelled Anita, “that for these people to be so lousy that you hated them, a historical wrong must have been perpetuated on them? You further aggravated the problem by judging them unfairly. And how are you sure that your method of judging men is the best method? In fact, it has always favored smarter men, without any concern for the needs of the helpless incompetent imbeciles.”
“Messrs MERIT are intelligent the way you want them to be, and have a way with words, the way you would like them to have, because they have been born into families which weren’t socially disadvantaged. They learnt the ropes, fairly quick, and developed intelligence and social skills which poor INCOMPETENCE didn’t. All INCOMPETENCE could do was sit and mope – and for no fault of their own. Isn’t it poetic justice that they should be allowed to rape you?”
“Doesn’t equality in society matter more than who’s better than whom? The balance was always unfairly tilted in the favor of you smart, resourceful, intelligent people – If only you had wholeheartedly embraced your undeserving co-residents. This would have not come to pass. The writing was on the wall all along. You should have known”
Indira was left dazed and speechless with all of this. Anitatai’s little speech stunned her more than than the half a dozen thugs, who had just raped her. This was surely an epiphanic moment – she understood.
Soon, the social worker walked off, and Indira let the rest of the thugs ravage her body without bothering to struggle.
(Source – Unknown)
Let me make something clear about that “weird article” and the Mandal-kamandal. If you look at the soul of that article, u will find what it takes as consequence after promoting and ignoring things related with this quota stuff. It’s shame that all the important and most-be-considered points are still left untouched by our psedu-socio-political “Mahanayaks”. How many times Mr. Arjun Singh has visited to the places or situations where the real under-privileged people are suffering. The main cause is nomore the social structure of the society, rather it is the game played by the so-called-rahnumas. It’s quite easy to decide their fates sitting in the AC offices of metro cities. Do they have cared abt the reality, still kept secret in the villages and forests of Chhotanagpur, North-east, Andhra, and many more.
We are raping (remember, watching crime itself is a crime) not only Ms IIT, but also past glory and future hopes of India. The souls and minds are being raped.who seems to take care of it? The number of brain-drain in the industry is increasing, rest of the talents are escaping outside, poverty, education, health, infrastructure, and all the basic requirements are facing ignorance by our authorities.
What is the solution? Imposing reservation and hiding the faces from the responsibilities and duties they had to accept making people in dilemma that whether it was for their welfare or not for more 5-10 years and when they realize it, propose one more agenda and the game will be continued and continued.
Guys, they are not just raping, they are making her a slut to be raped by everyone who wish to, and for the years they want to. Accept it, it’s not as weird as we often consider. And this is not enough and the ultimate consequence, more has to be happened in coming days as we go by the data that where it can be demanded, we see pandits in J&K, Biharis in Assam, Hindus in eastern districts of UP & Bihar, Lala(kaayasth), Buddhist & Jain in every state, Christians in every state except Kerala-Goa-Jharkhand, and so on. lol..I’m afraid that other politicians must be thinking on these statistics and on competing Arjun Singh to assure their next seats/chairs in parliament