A black day!

I searched for “Monsoon session of parliament” on Google. Just to see how far we are from the cremation of something even closely resembling to what can be called reasonable. It was almost ironical that when the first result I found there was this. The first two sentences are

IT HAS become a tedious practice for newspapers to describe the start of any Parliament session as being stormy. The description of the monsoon session, beginning today (July 21), will be no different.

This is the description for the year 2003. Now, I should indeed be “feeling lucky” that three years since then, the human kind has evolved. We won’t be as barbarous this time. It is highly likely that the first bill to be introduced would be the quota for OBCs in the institutes which were spared of it till now and it will get passed very peacefully. Unanimously!! Yeah, the beginning of the session would not be stormy at all. This whole band of lame politicians will succumb to the frustrated ambitions of one of their lot. And we’ll watch peacefully? May be not. We’ll protest, protest, protest, protest… And then vanish into obscurity or just stay on the pages of history, but without being able to make a difference…

The days of IITK suddenly become alive again. Looks like we got the exposure to real world in more ways than one. The exactly parallel behaviour of certain people in administration there is coming before my eyes. Only that the scope then was much smaller. While the problem we have now is parallel, the solution can not be parallel. The solution we came up with then is just not scalable. What then? I do not know if tomorrow will be a better day, if tomorrow my mind will work better towards a solution. But today is a day of frustration, a day of pure frustration, a day of helplessness, a day of feeling useless, a day of feeling betrayed, a day of bitterness all over, a day when I feel like treating those who want to be called backward (and their supporters too) as precisely that – backward – mentally backward – and not as an equal, when I wish I could just disown the society go away somewhere, to a place more reasonable!!

Today is a black day!

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

8 thoughts on “A black day!

  1. Ms Jha,
    Ever noticed how in the villages of Bihar the backwards and the poor are menatally backward;their attitude of servility towards the upper castes,which incidentally are in minority in the villages,refuses to go.
    The current spat of reservations and the media coverage may not remove their economic backwardness but definitely their mental backwardness.It will bring a change in their attitude.
    Are we,the upper castes,being afraid of the poor and backward being able to raise their voice and demand better lives from the leaders of the society??
    Isnt there a tinge of selfishness in your frustartion?

  2. Yes Mr. Shukla – I have seen it. That’s precisely the state I belong to. I have not been brought up in big cities either. And so I know that a reservation in IITs/IIMs and other universities is going to do NOTHING to change their attitude. Their concerns are more immediate that this. This is what has often been referred to as “false sense of empowerment”. If you care to go beyond the shallow arguments you are putting and understand the social dynamics of these places where discrimination is actually there, you would know better. But of course, that’s what our Honourable Minister of HRD does not want anyone to do. And people like you are conveniently serving as his mouth-pieces.

    And if its about selfishness – I have my IIT and IIM degrees and I am not going to be affected by any of these. My off springs can also manage with all possible quotas the likes of you will impose. But it is the irreversible damage being done to a society I belong to that troubles me.

    Stop being foolish and taking false high, morale grounds. You know NOTHING!!

  3. Let me clarify before I proceed that neither I am Arjun Singh’s mouth-piece nor a Congress Party propaganda manager.
    Your IIT and IIM degrees may give you an intellectual high ground to take a stand on the issue but they have simulataneously removed you from everyday problems our backwards and poor face.I pity your high intellect and degrees precisely for that.
    Let the buzz spread,let the aspirations be raised and let our leaders provide sufficient infrastructure once they start rising or else meet the fate of Laloo Yadav as in Bihar assembly elections.
    The social dynamics of the place we belong to is highly unstable and skewed.Let some corrective measures be taken as its not a self stabilizing system.
    Reserve your anger and frustration for the time when Noth Bihar suffers from devastating floods in the coming two months,when hundreds will die and thousands of acres of crops will be destroyed.
    Its very easy to take stand by sitting in the comforts of an MNC office.But mind you “Taali ek haath se kabhi nahin bajti”.

  4. Bull-Shit. How is reservation for OBCs in the institutes of the kind we are talking going to help those suffering from floods. My intellectual learnings has given me the ability to understand the nuances and not fall for blanket ineffective solutions.

    I pity your backwardness – mental backwardness that you can not think better than idiot politicians. Don’t write pointless things here. I have little patience for non-sense on my blog. Particularly the non-sense being spit out pretending to be on high moral grounds.

  5. Mr. Moralist (Vishwajeet Shukla). Your last comment has been deleted and any further ones will also be. I have no sympathies with coward, moralists. When you can not do better, you take shelter under the shallow policies like reservations. You know nothing about me and hence you have no rights whatsoever to comment on me on my blog. Good bye.

  6. Hi..M.
    How uncanny to see a bevy of highly educated passing a bill which will seldom help OBCs or any other backward classes to fathom their own level!!

    Though, this sort of approach and help to raise anyone, is very common here in india.But when ever it comes, i get a deep feeling that i m here in india.RESERVATION is a word, infact a superb word, but our despots made it like a TOOL which will tarnish the real meaning of this word.

    The worst part is, even some very highly educated ones are sopporting.Yesterday,i was reading a national daliy, in which one of the leading lady of media house was saying that..we are increasing the number of seats in IITs and other putative institutes..DAMN..is this the solution ???BULL SHITT…

    They need to read good books to understand what is really required to raise anyone from root level.What these despots really do the whole day??

    By the way, Mentor, keep kool, impeccable encore your post is!!

    Take care

    Anupam

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