Quotas for everyone

The culture of entitlement marches on

The Parliamentary Standing Committee’s sixth Report on Empowerment of Women declared:

“It is a matter of great concern that there have been no effort on the part of the government to provide scheduled caste women better opportunities for pursuing higher studies abroad by way of reservation of seats exclusively for them. [Sify]

The Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Hind has joined the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat in the quest for quotas:

A month after Imam Bhukari of Jama Masjid, Delhi, led a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press for reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the Muslims, Jamiat met him on May 17 to demand a share in the quota pie.

The organisations, however, haven’t made clear the percentage of reservation they want for the Muslims. The consensus seems to be on bargaining for a ‘‘proportionate share of 8.5 per cent’’.[IE]

Students from across the Line of Control don’t want to miss out too. At a conference :

“We want quotas in the Indian Institute of Management, the Indian Institute of Technology and law colleges of India. India should not ignore us,” said Shafquat Ali Inqlabi, a resident of Gilgit, told rediff.com.

Inqlabi says, “Indian maps always show Gilgit and Baltistan as part of India. The Constitution of India mentions that we are part of India. In your eyes, we are Indians and Pakistan has ‘occupied’ Indian territory. Then, why should we not get admissions in the IIMs and the IITs?” he says, adding, “I am an engineer, but now, I want to study law in the best of Indian law colleges. Help me get admission.”

One of the demands made in a resolution unanimously passed by the conference — which had the tacit support of Indian government — says, ‘The Government of India should provide openings in higher, professional and technical educational institutions to deserving students from Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, who are denied necessary facilities for such education.'[Rediff]

13 thoughts on “Quotas for everyone”

  1. Let us have an exchange programme with Pakis for JK students from both sides of the LoC. The ignorant Kashmiri kids from here really need a taste of Paki education and life there. They need to know the difference between both parts of JK.

  2. Nitin,

    I demand that, in view of social discrimination and historical injustice, southpaws be included in group of disadvanteaged people and reservation be extended to them 😉


  3. I am entirely for Indian educational institutions opening their doors to candidates from any part of the world, whether it is Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Islamabad or Addis Ababa. I’m just against state-imposed quotas and entitlement, for them and for anyone else.

    Individual institutions of course should have the leeway to decide whether and how many candidates they want to take in. And those that they do are selected on the basis of their capabilities rather then geographic or ethnic origin.

  4. It looks like all of us want quotas. I too demand a quota of hits (50 per day) for my blog. 😉

  5. I also demand quota for quiet people since we have been exploited for thousands of years by the talkative people. 🙁

  6. All those claims/quotes sound ominously like from the “Atlas Shrugged”. The sense of entitlement that only second handers can develop in themselves. Only, this is real life. If India’s ‘atlas’ shrugs, it will be not because they cannot survive in the environment of ‘equality’ anymore, but because of disgust.


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