The significant trend
Two trends are set to dominate the Indian mindspace, this summer and for some time to come:-
Indian affluence: It is a happy note for all Indians. First, the affluence, the Indian are seeing today have been created by their our opportunism. Secondly, this trend has become so deep rooted that, it has spilled over to other sectors of the economy and has helped in increased productivity all around.
But, the fact remains that, a large population of this vast country still does not have access to basic necessities of life. Just see around you. What is our contribution for those, who are less privileged ? Philanthropy can be a way out, but it is an easy way out. We, have to devise better methods to address this problem as we have done in other sectors of our economy.
Reservations: Like it or not, reservations in various facets of the Indian institutional life have taken root and may increase in the coming years. What worries me is that, it may end up segregating the basic fiber on which the nation has been built 'Unity in Diversity'. So, in a significant challenge of sorts, intellectuals should now than ever before, search for ways and means to make sure that the segregation felt by either side of the reservation debate is accommodated and a middle path is reached. Otherwise, the consequences of this development alone can be far reaching.
In bring these two issues together, I wanted to stress that, both are interlinked. The vast majority left out from the Indian affluence story will only turn to reservations for their share. If reservation becomes rampant, then it would be hard to sustain the Indian affluence story for a long time, as it is based on productivity alone.
So, why has boledil taken a serious note of this issue? For an ordinary Delhiite, the disparity in affluence or the reservations of seats in academic institutions means little. For, in this megapolis, people rarely die of hunger and if you don't get admission to an institution of your choice, then you can turn your attention to a private institution of equal standing. But, in the long run, can Delhi, like Rome before it, sustain a way of life, when everything all around it is falling apart. I cannot answer that question with elan.