Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to kill a Generation


Let me cut to the chase: Arjun Singh is perhaps one of the most hates, disliked and detested politicians in India. ANd his entire tenure centres around two things: the 27% OBC Reservation and the scam in the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).

Arjun Singh forced a bill earmarking 27% of all seats in Central-aided Universities for students belonging to the so-called Other Backward Castes (OBCs). The move was accompanied by a slew of protests all across India, led by medical students in Delhi. The heartless Minister used the police to shoot down peacefully protesting students with water canons: symbolically washing away the country's future. Later on, the Supreme Court stayed the Bill, but passed it later, with a few conditions.

Given the pathetic state of schools in India, the archaic syllabus and the poor standards of teaching, one would think that the HRD Minister would channel his energy towards developing basic infrastructure at the grassroots level. But Arjun Singh was always someone who played with votebank politics: that was quite obvious during his time in Madhya Pradesh. He even 'admitted' that the 27% reservation would be useful to the Congress during elections!

The SSA Scam has come as a major shock for the Ministry. The channeling of funds earmarked for primary education shows that the Ministry of HRD is uninterested in anything but votebank politics, and does not take basic education seriously. It is a known fact that most of the people who use the reservations don't need it: they are rich, lazy, spoiled brats.

The uncontrolled mushrooming of IITs and IIMs is another failure. Lacking infrastructure and faculty, several new IITs and IIMs have been opened up just for the sake of votebank politics. Furthermore, the unilateral decision to double the number of seats in these institutions is a further dilution of standards. Lastly, the controversial decision of forcing institutions to reserve faculty posts is the final nail in the coffin.

Arjun Singh has been the worst performer in the UPA. Most Indians hate him, the images of students being shot down will forever be a shame for India. He will pay for his misdeeds come the next elections.

Ministry of HRD
General Performance: Terrible

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