Today being Sunday, I was leisurely flipping through the pages of ‘The Hindu’ both in the Online and Offline version. It is really making us to feel ‘fed up’ with the way the various state governments, spearheaded by the Apex Government of India, in treating the masses on the basis of caste system and the most disgustingly, destroy the finer fabric of Indian constitution — the mantra soveriegn secular democratic republic.

One is really concerned, whether because of all these, would there be any foriegn invasion making us a colony once again like it happened by East India Company. 

Currently the straw that broke the camel’s back seems to be the increase in the reservation quotas of OBCs.

Looking Back >> Over centuries, people from lower castes have been heavily sidelined and there have been so much worse situations for them to make even both ends meet in thier day-to-day activities. The British India government too iniatiated several welfare measures for the oppressed communities of people. Since the day of Independance, there were a number of leaders from these backward community and on the pretext of working for thier community welfare, they really amassed a lot of fortune, making even thier kith and kin very rich and affluent. There were several concessions too for these people. Take the example of Anna University Entrance Examination Application form. You would find scores of caste names being mentioned there. Even the number of pages that mention the caste alone makes it appear like a stout booklet.

Sometime back, about 5 to 6 years, VP Singh Government brought in Mandal Commission to inquire about the backward community upliftment. The report and recommendations of the commission that suggested 50 percent reservation for the oppressed classes was really disastrous for the economic and secular perspective of the country.  One should really think whether such reservations are really needed on the long run.

For sometime, till the oppressed community limps back to normalcy, these are tolerable, as ‘restoration procedures’. But if the OBCs are constantly spoon-fed by the government on anything and everything, when the kid would ever learn to walk. Would it be crawling for ever and ever through out its lifetime?

OBCs, nowadays, are no more poor, on a majority of cases. Here are few features to prove and substantiate it:

  1. Most of these OBC candidates to colleges/workplaces only come on latest vehicles in the market, ultra modern mobile phones with camera, walkman etc. to showoff the power of thier wallets.
  2. Besides this, they also indulge in cases of lot of anti-lawful measures:
    1. Eve-Teasing: Be it a workplace/college, the backward community fellow is only focussed to catch the attention of a girl working with him.
    2. Traffic Law Breaking: With powerful political powers with them, they throw all traffic rules to air. One can find scores of accidents happening because of such reckless bike riders in ECR road.

With all powers in hand, still they enjoy all subsidies and concession from the government at the cost of open competition and forward community people. I am reminded of the game called Paramabhadham that is translated as Snake and Ladder. The snake stands for vice and ladder stands for virtues. In this dice game, if you stump upon the column with a snake, you would be dragged down. If you encounter a ladder, that would pull you higher. I think, the reservations are making OBCs currently finding ladders but in the game of Paramabhadham there is a big snake awaiting to take the player to square number 1, without much difficulty and/or ado.

The state of Tamil Nadu, which has been silent till now, I percieve, has started to feel that it had to join the bandwagon. The newly elected Government seems to have brought into the implementation the law which permits any Hindu, with enough qualifications and necessary prerequisite training to become priests in the temples affiliated to the HR & CE department of the Government of India. Actually, this legislation seems to have been brought in 1972 but was held back due to an interim stay by the Apex Court of the nation. Now, the government seems to be keen in bringing this back, perhaps to satisfy the masses and strengthen its vote bank.

But on the reality, would the following questions be satisfied by the Government or the HR & CE department:

  1. The temples depend upon Sanskrit as a mother of all languages and almost all literature are there in Sanskrit. Would the government show magnanimity in supporting Sanskrit or would there be a myopic view of having all translated into Tamil. The latter myopic view would be catastropic for the development of the society as well.
  2. The archakas of the temple are expected to ensure extreme purity, both in psychological and physiological forms. I guess, the reader understands what I mean by the two forms of purity, since he would have read the earlier sections of this post.
  3. Would the government try to extend this into the following, which is more acute catastrophy to the development of society?
    1. Support of anyone (even non-Hindus) as priests in the temple.
    2. Women reservation system into temple, to facilitate women as priests.
    3. Neuter reseravation system — The current election had a couple of constituencies with neuters contesting the polls.

The government claims that it has removed the thorn in Thanthai Periyar’s heart by implementing this. The thorn was the stay order on the implementation. While that Thanthai Periyar was an athiest, he would’nt have much idea about temple internals. His service to abolish untouchability like in Vaikkam is really appreciated but when a custom is being implemented, it needs analysis from a different number of sectors.

Readers: Please share your views. Let us join together in voicing our opinion to the Government of India in having the secular fabric preserved.