Society and State

I watched the election results and the “negotiations” that followed with some interest. It shows you the true nature of democracy in the country.

Sushilkumar Shinde is one of the many ministers in the MMS cabinet and he was on a news channel last week. He said, when he was asked about it that the “dalit” label follows him everywhere – he lost from a general constituency last time (I think) and stood from a reserved constituency this time round. A lot of what he says is the truth, and that is reflected in the cabinet formation and the way news channels are reporting the process – x faces, y faces, z faces.

The massacre in Vienna a couple of days back and its effect on Punjab is proof, again, of the deep divisions that casteism has created in the country. When you have “lower castes” among Muslims, Sikhs and Christians – religions that supposedly eschew such practices, it is no longer a religious issue, but a societal one. And I don’t think the damnable practice is going to end anytime soon. That’s why most upper caste protests on issues like reservations – I don’t support affirmative action – seem to be of the opportunistic I-want-my-pound-of-flesh kind rather than a principled one. And I have no sympathy for that.

The Supreme Court has once again affirmed its anti-property, anti-natural rights and pro-State credentials-

The SC on Wednesday said the state has a responsibility to maintain high standards of education and is hence competent to regulate admissions even in unaided private professional colleges.

I have to pick up a magnifying glass to find “high standards of education” in government run educational institutions; the IITs and IIMs being exceptions (I don’t know how long that will continue). The judges obviously have a different opinion. But then, they are the guardians and interpreters of the constitution, and when the constitution says that Indians have no rights and that thanks to the “directive principles” which are superior to any rights, the citizens of the country are slaves of the State, they will obviously pass the judgments they do, rights, common sense etc be damned.

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  • you12  On May 29, 2009 at 2:58 am

    The IIT/IIMS are no exceptions. They are good because everything else in Ndia is bad.

    Compared to global standards they simply don’t fare.

    • Aristotle The Geek  On May 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      Its not very relevant. What is relevant – again its a matter of opinion – is that Katju and Co. think that the government is doing great work as far as education is concerned.

      • Aristotle The Geek  On May 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

        I left something out. Even if it weren’t, which is the truth, the SC would still whine about the commercialization of education. Such dogma is what lets them disregard the concept of rights.

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