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May 10th, 2007


02:57 am - You Never Walk Alone
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the Storm there's a golden sky
And the sweet, silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone.
You'll never walk alone....

Liverpool is gonna kick AC Milan's butt in the final....  
Current Location: Apna Dilli
Current Mood: awake

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April 9th, 2006


05:57 pm - Reservations - The BIG ISSUE

The Fact Sheet:

 

"A new policy, if implemented, will take the overall reservation in central government-funded higher education institutions to 49.5% from the current 22.5% for SC and ST students.

 

The government's move follows the passage of the 104th amendment to the constitution which enables the Centre to hike up to 27% reservation, and states according to their needs. The Centre has already directed state governments to increase reservation for backward categories at state-level institutions.

Mr. Arjun Singh had already written to states to frame laws in the light of the 104th Constitution Amendment, passed in the winter session of the Parliament, which gives them the right to take steps that would ensure advancement of socially and educationally-backward classes, SCs and STs in private educational institutions as well."

Economic Times: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1480802.cms

 

Premier Institutes that come under the new proposed Act.

All IIM's

All IIT's

JNU

Delhi Univ

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

PGI (Chandigarh)

Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (Pondicherry)
Christian Medical College (Vellore)

National Institute of Fashion Technology

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Delhi)

National Law School (Bangalore)

All Institutes of Hotel Management

 

Any place worth its salt will be a victim of this new act.

 

Some background: 104th Amendment to the Constitution

 

An Act providing reservations for the socially and educationally backward classes, besides the Scheduled Classes and Scheduled Tribes, in all private aided and unaided educational institutions.

 

The amendment was the government's attempt to offset the effect of the recent Supreme Court judgment that categorically said that in an unaided (which runs without government funding) educational institution -- whether run by non-minorities or minorities -- the government cannot implement its policy of reservation

 

One of the few smart decisions by the Supreme court and the government had to make some unnecessary changes!!!

 

What I really feel:

 

India is a country with its own peculiar set of problems. We have people from different income groups and different sections of society wanting to be part of a better education system. Some of us have spent thousands of rupees on private tuitions in order to get into premier institutes while at the same time, some people find it difficult to buy just the basic books needed to study for these exams.

 

I'm not against any sort of protection or incentive being given to people who need support, but just like anything else in the world every incentive should be merit based or have a limited time frame.

 

Other options that could have been explored:

-    Providing a concession to students from SC/ST/OBC – example – if for a normal student the cut off is 90% then the cutoff can be relaxed (just during the admission phase) by a 10% margin (thereby making the new cutoff 81%) for students who need this support. If even after this the seats cannot be filled up then the general category students should be allowed to fill up these seats.

-   No incentive should be given to students from SC/ST/ OBC whose parents combined income is above 5 lakhs (the figure has just been used as an example). The concessions and incentives should be for people who really need this support and not for students who's parents have already become doctors, lawyers, etc.

-   providing more need based scholarships for students from the SC/ST/OBC category, especially for students from lower income groups.

-   Gradually reducing the level of reservation over a ten/fifteen year time frame. It's ridiculous to just give a concession for an unlimited period of time. With this we are actually moving backward and not forward.

-   If this is a problem prevalent only in "certain states" where a greater incentive is needed why not establish some minority institutes.

 

The law of the land should be the same. No particular community should be better off while others are worse off.

 

The government would have been better off focusing on two other aspects of education

-   Primary education: providing the right kind of infrastructure at the grass-root level. Government should assist in providing more teachers and increasing the salary for these teachers if they want to really make a change. This would go a long way in building a better tomorrow for everyone.

-   Vocational Education: a large number of vocational training institutes should be setup to give people the right kind of skills, necessary for getting jobs in this country.

 

However, the government does not seem to focus on this large issue but works on the vote bank and prefers to take the easy path of increasing reservations. No wonder this announcement was made only a few days before the state elections. The EC should be taking the Congress government to task.

 

Implications of this New Bill:

 

There would definitely be a huge void created. The quality of students would be hit. There would be tremendous pressure on each student trying to get into any government funded university at an undergraduate or post graduate level. People with 80-85% marks would be denied admission for no fault theirs.

 

People would prefer to leave the country and study abroad. Out of the foreign students joining university in US and UK, more than 10% are Indians. At this rate this number will only go up in the future. Why are we sending our best to the rest of the world?

 

Other concerns:

 

-   Why would people want to create more distinctions in our society? Aren't we already plagued by enough on the religious front that we need people to be split up based on castes? We are all Indians and all we really need is an equal opportunity.

 

-   Universities like DU also have an ECA and Sports quota of nearly 5%. If we take this quota into account, then the seat for the general category students is reduced to just about 45%.

 

-   Would you take your own child, mother or father to a doctor who has barely managed to pass a basic exam or has become a doctor even though there were thousands of people more qualified than him? There is a cost attached to this implication resulting from a greater demand on limited better resources.

 

-   Don't know how many people already know this but there is already a law which provides for a concession to be given to SC/ST/OBCs during their promotions in government services. Thus our current law not only lets them get a concession to enter, but also gives them life long benefits and allows them to get promoted before others even if they are not as qualified as the other people. Isn't this a case of undue enrichment of one section of society?

 

Imagine a scenario where you are better at everything than another person. The other person has got the same job because he got through a quota. Now, based on the existing law (which completely took me by surprise when I started doing research on this!!!) the other person who is actually BAD at his work will get promoted over you, just because he is a SC/ST or an OBC. What kind of incentive system is this which provides for a lifetime benefit without asking for people to even work hard for the benefits?

 

Article 16(4) empowers the State to make any provision for the reservation in appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State

 

Article 16(4A) Nothing in this Article shall prevent the State from making any provision for reservation in matters of promotion to any class or classes of posts in the services under the State in favour of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes which, in the opinion of the State, are not adequately represented in the services under the State

 

Article 335 The claims of the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes shall be taken into consideration, consistently with the maintenance of efficiency of administration, in the making of appointments to services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of a State.

         

The question is how many such provisions do we really need? In India, SC/ST and OBCs are not excluded from offices and positions in the government. The Indian Constitution provides for ample reservation for them in educational institutions and in public employment. There is no country in the world which has such extensive and positive affirmative action provisions as India. SC/ST and OBCs have been appointed as judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court. The President of India, the highest post under the Constitution, was graced by a dalit. Ministers in the central and state cabinets have been and are from SC/ST and OBCs. Why are these facts not highlighted?

 

Our options today as citizens:

 

  1. Stand up against this injustice. Let them not ruin the country for the sake of a few votes. Ensure that all of us discuss this issue at every given forum. Discuss this on every news channel, every radio station and every newspaper. Lets all campaign against increase in reservations. We all need to work towards making people understand that we are not against any concession but against the way it will be implemented. A law must be sensitive to the needs of all concerned and not unduly favour a few segments of society. Forward this and other such messages to everyone we know.

 

  1. File a petition against this Bill of it ever becomes an ACT. Ensure they understand that we strongly oppose this. I believe under the given Indian Laws we cannot do anything till it becomes an ACT.

  Hoping for your support

 

Yash Sehgal

IIM Kozhikode

Citizen of India


Current Mood: worriedworried

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March 3rd, 2006


11:20 am - the way it is...
Success has no address.
No landmark.
No calling card.
But the path is steep.
And some will take the elevator.
But I will take the stairs.
Some will get there faster.
But I will get there stonger.
And adversity will be my travelling companion.
Because when i get there,
I can turn to adversity and say,
So long.
And heave the bag of taunts
and insults that i gathered
along the way, and scatter them
to the birds.
I will miss them.
But feel lighter.
Yes.
That will be the day.
When I stand at
a large bay window.
And unclench my fist.
For there will be no more
odds to conquer.
Not even in the mind.

"I like odds. They help me get even."

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December 7th, 2005


02:45 am - Jobless as I am


You Have A Type A- Personality



A-





You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds



Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: I am feelin wasted - Lyrics thanx to Mr. Raul Sinha

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December 2nd, 2005


02:21 pm - Skiing Weekend - Val Thorens
Had the best time last weekend SKIING :D I am sure I am one of some 100 Indian's who can manage the Blue slopes

snaps uploaded on the following link:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ysehgal01/my_photos

Highly recommend everyone try Skiing (and not ice-skating coz that is really hard!!! and ur bum hurts like hell after the first day). The fresh snow is amazing and its a different experience - a must try...

cheers!

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October 17th, 2005


07:09 pm - Another Exciting Day at the Police Station!!!

Life can be a bitch every once in a while but today – I am a lot happier. After all the excitement over the weekend (when I was mugged) I finally got a chance to report the incident to the police. Just like India, the French are equally if not more bureaucratic and you have to goto the main police station of the area the robbery took place and report it.

 

Well the local cops at Cite Universitaire sent me to goto the Gare De Lyon police station and as always the French proved that they are a confused bunch. I needed to goto the Cour St-Emilion police station (which is smaller and not open on Saturday and Sunday!!!) as it was closer to the venue of the mugging!!! So I had to take a bus (my first bus ride in paris J) from Gare De Lyon  to Cour St-Emilion.

 

Ashima(Indian who now stays in Canada), who speaks perfect French, was kind and generous enough to offer to come with me to the police station. Her help today was invaluable coz they only speak French at the police stations (so anyone planning to get mugged… learn French first!!!) It tool only 20 mins (after 30 mins of waiting) to get the report written thanx to her help. However, as I mentioned to the cop that I can recognize the chap who mugged me, I have to go back tomorrow to identify the chap using some photographs (will definitely be an interesting experience!!!)

 

Well thats it for now… back to Brand Management class J which is really cool!

 

Cheers!!!


Current Mood: creative
Current Music: No time for music right now...

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October 16th, 2005


12:14 pm - Sandy aur usske Washing powder ki kahani!

This is the tail of Sandy (Sandipan) and his life in Paris over the last 4 weeks… our very own alcoholic from IIMK, has decided to support all the NGO’s in India who have been desperately convincing people to conserve water. In his desire to help the world he has decided to not wash his clothes (read as - he forgot the detergent back home and is not wanting to buy one here!!!) and has further decided to restrict his weekly bath to just two minutes (read as – he forgot soap in India tooo – why, why, why!!!)

 

This is besides the urban legend that Sandy was the ‘hero’ off in which he threw up 4 times in 4 separate metro stations after an awesome party hosted by ESCP-EAP.

 

The list of his antics goes on but due to his current (rather unhygienic) antics, three of us have decided to not cook any food for him till he:

  1. Has a One hour Bath… it’s a Sunday and he has time to kill
  2. Puts his “Caution : Imitate at your own risk” – yellow T-shirt for washing. (He lives under this misconception that as this is a Nike T-shirt it does not get dirty!!!)

 The biggest victims have been Nitai (his roommate), Suzana and Melanie, who are today the ‘best friends’ of Sandy.

 

God please Save Our Souls!!!


Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
Current Music: Sandy have a bath please - By Nitai Utkarsh

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October 15th, 2005


02:32 pm - I am very very Pissed Off!!!

Paris is a wonderful city and my amazing stay in Paris has somewhat been dampened by the incident last night at the 50 Cent concert… (yes I went for a 50 Cent concert!!!)

 

The concert was amazing till the time I got robbed… 50 was singing “in da club…” and I was attempting to film it… from nowhere 6 black guys came and one of them snatched my cell out of my hand and ran into the crowd. In the resulting chase, one of those F#$%@# snatched my nice black jacket also, while I had no option but to continue to follow the guy who took my cell!!! I even caught up with him – but by then he was clean… he had handed the cell to someone else and I was left standing in front of a black guy who had nothing of mine on him L

 

We even got the guards and found the ‘black gang’ much later, but they were all clean L The gang left many women crying and a lot of men very very pissed off (many lost their cameras also!!!)

 

I have nothing against people who are ‘black’. I might be an arrogant, pompous bastard myself, but I’m definitely not racist!!!  I know exactly how it feels to be singled out in a crowd and be “randomly selected” for a full security check at every airport in US (that’s when I was there right after 9/11). But I guess the way I will look at every new ‘black’ person (whom I have not met earlier) will change. I will always be a little more cautious in their presence. Once bitten, twice shy!!!

 

Worse still, I went to the police station (next to Cite Universitaire) with a Norwegian friend (Thanks Kristine (she speaks very good French and has prior experience of going and reporting robberies at police stations) for all the help!!!) to report the robbery, but they were shut (they are not open on Saturdays!!! HOW DUMB ARE THE FRENCH!!!).

 

So it’s a beautiful day outside and I’m really not in the best mood… reading would have helped but even that gives me a headache now (as I also lost my specs in the chase and didn’t get a spare!!!)

 

C'est La Vie

 

(P.S. – I use the term ‘black’ to define those 6 assholes!!! or their type of sick people, who think robbing people is cool)


Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Current Music: Maybe listening to something will help!!!

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October 13th, 2005


10:36 pm - Success
Success has no address.
No landmark.
No calling card.
But the path is steep.
And some will take the elevator.
But I will take the stairs.
Some will get there faster.
But I will get there stonger.
And adversity will be my travelling companion.
Because when I get there,
I can turn to adversity and say,
So long...
And heave the bag of taunts
and insults that I gathered along the way,
And scatter them to the birds.
I will miss them.
But feel lighter.
Yes.
That will be the day.
When I stand at a large bay window.
And unclench my fist.
For there will be no more odds to conquer.
Not even in the mind.

I like odds. They help me get even...
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Black - Pearl Jam

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June 25th, 2005


04:48 am - Coach Carter
another nice movie that I saw recently...

especially like this bit...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our dark that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. Its not just in some of us; its in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsiously give other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others" - Timo Cruz

adding something else I also read somewhere...
"Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didnt let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasnt one more thing you could've done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that - you're perfect!"

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