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Arjun Singh interview on IBN Live

5/25/2006 05:59:00 AM, posted by anand

By now you must've heard/read IBN's Karan Thapar's interview with Arjun Singh on the OBC reservation issue. Here is a funny thing that I noticed. Goto the video version of the interview on IBN's site. Right click on the video player on the webpage and click on properties. Notice that the URL of the video is "http://static.ibnlive.com/data/videos/devil_arjun_singh.wmv" and what is the name of the video ? - "devil_arjun_singh".

btw, here are an excerpt from the interview:

Karan Thapar: In which case, lets ask a few basic questions. We are talking about the reservations for the OBCs in particular. Do you know what percentage of the Indian population is OBC? Mandal puts it at 52 per cent, the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) at 32 per cent, the National Family and Health Survey at 29.8 per cent, which is the correct figure?

Arjun Singh: I think that should be decided by people who are more knowledgeable. But the point is that the OBCs form a fairly sizeable percentage of our population.

Karan Thapar: No doubt, but the reason why it is important to know 'what percentage' they form is that if you are going to have reservations for them, then you must know what percentage of the population they are, otherwise you don't know whether they are already adequately catered to in higher educational institutions or not.

Arjun Singh: That is obvious - they are not.

Karan Thapar: Why is it obvious?

Arjun Singh: Obvious because it is something which we all see.

Karan Thapar: Except for the fact that the NSSO, which is a government appointed body, has actually in its research in 1999 - which is the most latest research shown - that 23.5 per cent of all university seats are already with the OBCs. And that is just 8.5 per cent less than what the NSSO believes is the OBC share of the population. So, for a difference of 8 per cent, would reservations be the right way of making up the difference?

Arjun Singh: I wouldn't like to go behind all this because, as I said, Parliament has taken a view and it has taken a decision, I am a servant of Parliament and I will only implement.

Karan Thapar: Absolutely, Parliament has taken a view, I grant it. But what people question is the simple fact - Is there a need for reservations? If you don't know what percentage of the country is OBC and if, furthermore, the NSSO is correct in pointing out that already 23.5 per cent of the college seats are with the OBC, then you don't have a case in terms of need.

Arjun Singh: College seats, I don't know.

Karan Thapar: According to the NSSO - which is a government appointed body - 23.5 per cent of the college seats are already with the OBCs.

Arjun Singh: What do you mean by college seats?

Karan Thapar: University seats, seats of higher education.


To check out the complete interview click here.
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6/04/2006 10:36 AM, comment by Anonymous Dr C.S.RANGARAJAN

Equity and equality which constitute social justice need to be adheared to when it comes to the question distribution of all good things of life. Afterall, joy shared, joy redoubled and sorrow shared sorrow halved. The idea behind reservation is to empower all those who are disadvantaged, made disabled by societal forces to unleash their resources for the common good of the society. If the OC's are accused of having cornered all the assets of society so far, the OBCs, first generation, followed by unending successive generations wish to enjoy the benefits of reservation without concern for all those other OBCs still left out.Arjun Singh admits that'more knowledgeable people' need to look into the matter. But he is certain that OBCs constitute a 'sizable' percentage. But he lacks knowledge of the exact percent despite his being a central minister and seasoned politician. It looks as though he cares more for his seat than for the well-being of the Nation.    



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