Month: November 2015

Meritocratic Jury

(In the backdrop of Supreme Court of India’s bench comprising Justice Misra and Justice Pant citing national interest to scrap quota in higher education institutions)   Looks like you have the merit – Birthright of the nationalist. Wearing that Sacred Thread. Making a call to daddy’s old boys network every now & then. Misra uncles and Pant uncles And their colleague uncles. Uncle’s uncles. Bhagwat uncles. Generationally scholarly. Proud Indian Hindus. Feeling the national interests Merit runs in their veins. Your access not denied to the temples. Of gods and sacred texts. Interpreted by sacrosanct gatekeepers. High Court Jagannath Temple Supreme Court Meenakshi Temple. Looks like you have the merit To determine the fate of those you get to oppress. Alas. Cannot reverse the caste, whose virtues and vices – are determined at birth. No automatic entry Into life of dignity. But Hinduism is not religion. Just a way of life. Savarna – Salvation. Dalit – Damnation. No fault of Brahmins – Just born that way. Conspiracy of the galaxy Coming together of forces To …