Reservation is the last relic of the licence-quota-permit raj. Politicians and bureaucrats will not open more schools and colleges to meet the demand because that will rob them of their power and control over the voting masses. So they go for the easy option of reservations.
In 1991, by opening up the economy, Manmohan Singh could make the waiting lists for gas connections, Bajaj scooters and telephones disappear. In 2006, he can do so in education to get rid of the artificially created scarcity, says Shekhar Gupta.
2006 is not 1991. At that time he was fully empowered by PVN and now unfortunately he is supposed to be more equal amongst the equals and the equals are calling the shots. As events have shown he is at the end of the information loop and it filters down from 10 Sonia street. Since sychophacy and loyalty are the buzz words these days he is driven to an untenable position of having to defend the indefensible since it becomes fait accompli by the time he comes to know of any policy statements made by his collegues and he has no option but to stand by it in the interest of the coalition compulsions There is no second chance for Manmohan Singh as HRD minister has closed all the doors since he made him the prime mover of the reservation issue. The other day I saw Karan Thapar as devils adovocate making a mince meat of the HRD minister throwing statistics at this face showing that Mandal implementation has not worked and that already the OBCs are enjoying 30% to 40% quota even citing the figures culled out by the Parliamentary Committee. Of course HRD Minister remained unfaced reminicent of the well known statement, ‘Even though vanquished he could argue still’ Having said all that may be the Peter’s Principle is catching with our PM. There is a funny article in today’s Sunday Express under ‘Grading the PM, Gurshan style’ May be it is not funny at all but very true. Happy reading