The Times of India had a headline story about the IITs apparently ‘lowering their standard‘ for lower caste students. No room for the agitations in West Bengal or a BJP man burning a Dalit boy. The pathetic Indian media continues to indulge its lecherous middle class at the expense of its seething underclass. The article says that,
This means that with the last general category student scoring 5 in maths, 0 in physics and 3 in chemistry in JEE 2008, an SC/ST student who had scored up to 40% lower- 3 in maths, 0 in physics and 1.8 in chemistry – was given a seat in the IITs.
Wow ! What a tyrannical injustice !! How could that exalted temple of learning, the IITs, commit such an abomination !!! How dare they let a kid from the abused, oppressed and exploited underclass of India get into India’s pride inspite of committing the heinous crime of scoring a full 2 points lower than the lowest upper caste candidate ? Does anyone else smell the reeking hypocrisy here ?
The comments almost all endorse this middle class mockocracy,
This is the problem with this country … and then we wonder why we are a 3rd world country.
Yes of course, India is a 3rd world country not because of its appalling inequality in education, sanitation and health but because we let some oppressed people into our self-glorified IITs. The response of the upper castes has always been to make the reservations an issue of meritocracy. Rarely, if ever, have they looked at it as a social justice issue. If they were so worried about India’s future, they should have mentioned before anything, that reservations at such a high level of education without adequate investment in basic education will do little for the lower castes. But instead, they always emphasize that reservations will lead to a decline in ‘India’s global competitiveness’.
Almost every comment from the upper castes reeks of hypocrisy, here a meritocratic recruiter’s reveals his pangs,
Too bad for all IIT-ians. Now managers like me will screen out SC/ST/OBCs from IIT in our recruitment efforts. No more direct entry for IIT-ians in the corporate world as a result of this reduction in quality.
So, even after graduating from an IIT (possibly with good grades) a lower caste student can expect no mercy. After all, (s)he took the place of the deserving Brahmin boy, what about all the money the Brahmin’s father spent on coaching classes ? So does the corporate world not hinder India’s competitiveness by ‘direct entry’ for IIT-ians regardless of achievement and expertise ?
It seems that only a few can see the truth,
Frankly, I don’t know where all this talk of IIT “quality dilution” is coming from. I hope its not my fellow IITans. Only a dumb hiring manager will hire you just because you went to IIT. Trust me, you don’t want to work for a dumb manager. I can tell you who is not to blame: the SC/ST students who get into IIT through these stupid quotas. Given a choice, I would have done the same thing to secure my future and so would you. Let me tell you what else does not bother me: a “lower quality” IIT classroom. In any given IIT classroom, the professor would think he was blabbering in a graveyard if it wasn’t for the 3-4 students who actually take interest. More quota in the class will probably only improve that situation.
The IITs are a national resource, created and maintained by the government for the people. It is not a breeding ground for any kind of corporate elite, but an institute of national importance. And nothing is more important in India today apart from equality for its masses.
Comments source: The Times of India