Friday, September 07, 2007

BJP objects to a Directive

The BJP has objected to a government directive which urged posting of some Muslim policemen in areas with large minority populations. BJP also objected to another directive which urged more Muslim teachers and health personnel in such areas.

BJP said:

“Is it just and fair … to presume that even after 60 years of Independence, a non-Muslim police officer cannot protect Muslims? What message are we giving.”

Only a bigoted right-wing Hindu could say that. This is the common refrain in India against all moves which encourage minorities and lower caste to take on newer opportunities. It is first called ‘political’, thereby insinuating that it does not benefit anyone except the politicians themselves, then it is called ‘reverse discrimination’ saying that the upper caste Hindus are not able to avail certain opportunities which were destined to them in varnas and which they enjoyed for more than two thousand years, then they call it ‘appeasement’ as if these classes are pets and vermin which the humans appease giving them equal status which they don’t deserve.

‘What will the world think of us?’ is the common refrain when confronted with stark realities, either it be the explosion of AIDS patients, which seem to destroy the myth that India is an extremely ‘moral and chaste’ country, or it be Mandal Commision, which seem to undermine the hegemony of upper caste Hindus which they perpetrated for thousands of years.

Reservations-based-on-caste is unjust and unfair, but having 80% of upper caste Hindus in IT sector is just the ‘survival of the fittest’. Having more Muslim policemen in Muslim areas is unjust and unfair, while having predominantly Hindu force that targets Muslims in Gujarat is just the ‘selection of meritorious’.


  1. "Mandal Commision, which seem to undermine the hegemony of upper caste Hindus which they perpetrated for thousands of years".

    Sujai, I'm an ignoramus in politics. Would you kindly educate me a tad with a line or two or a link elaborating on the connection betweent he Mandal Comm and upper castes? Tx ~ Vinod

  2. Sujai said:

    "Reservations-based-on-caste is unjust and unfair, but having 80% of upper caste Hindus in IT sector is just the �survival of the fittest�."

    It is obviously the survival of the fittest.

    Equality of opportunity should not be confused with equality of outcome. While the former is a fairness principle, the latter is neither fair nor desirable. Those who have tried to bring equality of outcome, have only been able to bring stagnant economies and mass destruction.

  3. What kind of a security-long-tail are you trying to justify here? The next step after this would be the specific muslim castes (Ashrafs vs Ajlafs and further more granular) demanding a security force that just matches specific beliefs.

    These guys are really trying to create security 2.0 with the long tail of police :-)

    I have a new term here to announce - criticize-for-the-sake-of-criticizing (CFTSOC). This is a typical case of CFTSOC Sujai.

    Give me an executable plan to create an organization structure within our police force to provide specific police force to all those who feel scared of difference beliefs of the security force. With your experience you know enough about organization architecture to see the details here.

  4. Sujai:

    Your blog allows RSS feed for new articles but not comments. Is there a way to get RSS feed for new comments as well?

    - Vivek Behal

  5. Chak De from Narayan Murty -

    We have to identify as Indians first and rise above our affiliations with our states, religions and castes.

    We must accept meritocracy and enthusiastically play the role we are best suited to. We must embrace discipline to strictly follow every step required for success. We have to put the interest of our nation ahead of our personal interests, subordinating our egos and biases. Finally, we have to put in tremendous hard work and make short term sacrifices for long term glory.

  6. Vivek,

    The feeds for the comments are located at


Dear Commenters:
Please identify yourself. At least use a pseudonym. Otherwise there will be too many *Anonymous*; making it confusing.

Do NOT write personal information or whereabouts about the author or other commenters. You are free to write about yourself. Please do not use abusive language. Do not indulge in personal attacks and insults.

Write comments which are relevant and make sense so that the debate remains healthy.