Indrajaal of Tamil Nadu

Indrajaal or illusion is when you perceive a rope as a snake or vice versa. One of the greatest indrajaal of present time can be experienced in Tamil Nadu where Dravidian fascism is being marketed as ‘social justice’. Tamil Nadu model of reservation has virtually robbed the minority general community of their dignity and right to life/livelihood and has lead to their disenfranchisement. Analysis of any entrance results or appointment is sufficient to prove it…

The results of Tamil Nadu MBBS and Postgraduate degree courses (MS/MD/MCh) entrance have been declared recently. Highlights of the results are as follows:

  1. Current reservation in Tamil Nadu: Backward Classes ( BC) 23%, Backward Classes Christians (BCC) 3.5%, Backward Classes Muslims(BCM) 3.5%, Most Backward Classes/ Denotified Classes (MBC/DC) 20.0%, Scheduled Castes (SC) 18%, and Scheduled tribes (ST) 1%. Total reservation is 69%.(Table I)
  2. Remaining 31 % seats belong to Open Category (OC). All  above mentioned communities and general non-reserve ‘Other Communities (OC) ‘ can compete for this open category.
  3. There were 1394 seats in MBBS. Out of these, 26 seats were allotted to ‘Special Category” candidate’
  4. Distribution of remaining 1368 seats was as follows: BC (312), BCC (48), BCM (48), MBC/DC (275), SC (247), and ST (13). The remaining 425 seats were for Open Category. (Tables II, III )
  5. In Open Category, about 89% seats were taken away by reserved candidates: BC (244), BCC (28), BCM (18), MBC/DC (60), SC (27), and ST (1). Other highlights included:
    • The General candidates (OC/OC) could get only 47 seats out of 1368 seats, i.e. only 3.4% seats.
    • General candidate could get only 47 seats out of 425 open seats, i.e. only 11.0% seats.
    •  Backward Classes (BC+MBC + BCC + BCM) took away 350 seats in Open category, i.e. 82.5% of open category.
    • In first 50 ranks, only 3 belonged to general, non-reserved communities. Remaining 47 seats were taken away by Backward Classes.
    • Even SCs captured 27 seats in Open Category and could make about 60% of non-reserved general candidates.
  1. Lowest rank and cut-off marks in different categories were as follows: BC : 1125 ( 195.25 ), BCC : 1406 (194.5), BCM : 1717 (193.5), MBC/DC : 2132 ( 192.5), SC : 3834 ( 187.5), ST : 6886 (176.25), and Open Category : 466 ( 197.25). The Backward Class Cut-off marks (BC, BCC, and BCM) were not much different from Open Category (Table II).
  2. Analysis of Postgraduate Degree Courses (MS/MD/MCh) entrance also reveals startling information.
    • There were 91 seats in degree courses. For these 5736 candidates appeared. Out of these 413 belonged to Non-reserve General Category.
    • Final seat distribution was as follows: BC (39), BCC (7), BCM (3), MBC/DC (25), SC (16), and General Non-Reserve Other Communities (1) (Table IV)
    • Out of 91 seats, General Non-Reserve Other Communities could procure only one seat.
    • The average passing out rate for all candidates was 1.6% (91 out of 5736). In contrast to this, the passing out rate among General Non-Reserve Other Communities was only 0.24% (one out of 413).
    • Only two candidates from General Non-Reserve Other Communities could secure a place in first hundred candidates (rank 82, and 97). This means that even if reservation was not there, candidates from General Non-Reserve Other Communities could have secured only 2% of seats.

Inferences which can be drawn from the above analysis:

  1. The whole purpose of the reservation exercise is to limit the opportunities for General Non-Reserve Other Communities. They are allowed to compete only for 31% seats, whereas so called backwards compete for a larger number of seats. It is supremacist. That is, it guarantees permanent numerical supremacy to certain groups
  2. Now the General Non-Reserve Other Communities have accepted the reservation as their fate and there is no competition left from them. Even in Open category, they could secure only 11% seats. If we consider all the candidates, there share is 2 to 3%. Even if there is no reservation, their share is not going to be more than 5to 6%.
  3. The communities listed in BC, BCC, and BCM are highly advanced communities. They are far more advanced than the General Non-Reserve Other Communities. Reservation to these communities is only a political indrajaal. Even if there is no reservation for them, their share in total number of seats will not be reduced.
  4. MBCs/DCs could take away 14% of Open Category seats. Hence their quota can be reduced from 20% to 10%.
  5. Even SCs could manage to get about 5% seats in Open Category. Hence their quota can also be reduced.
  6. So long as the percentage of reservation was small and restricted to the SC/ST, it did not matter much. But once powerful groups declare themselves backward (on the basis of pure hatred against Brahmins and others), form a majority and reserve a majority for themselves, then virtually 100% becomes reserved..
  7. The argument about the dilution of merit is valid in context of MBCs/DCs, SCs, and STs. The BCs/BCCs/ BCMs are advanced communities. As they are falsely listed as backwards, there would not be any difference in marks obtained.

To conclude, the reservation system in Tamil Nadu symbolizes Dravidian Fascism, especially targeted against Tamil Brahmins. When 90% of seats in Open Category are being taken away by reserved communities, reservation appears to be a tool for political vendetta only. In the disguise of backward classes, the most forwards castes of Tamil Nadu are grabbing a large share of affirmative action programs. This is social (in)justice!

Table I: Reservation of Seats: 69 % RULE OF RESERVATION

Category Abbreviation % Reservation
Open Competition OC 31%
Backward Classes BC 23%
Backward Christian BCC 3.5%
Backward Muslim BCM 3.5%
Most Backward Classes / Denotified Communities MBC/DC 20%
Scheduled Castes SC 18%
Scheduled Tribes ST 1%

Table II:  Distribution of MBBS seats among various communities along with ranks and marks

Main Category Community Total Seats Highest Rank Lowest Rank Highest Marks Lowest Marks
BC BC 312 467 1121 197.25 195.25
BCC BCC 48 482 1406 197.25 194.50
BCM BCM 48 552 1717 197.00 193.75
MBC/DC MBC/DC 275 475 2132 197.25 192.50
SC SC 247 469 3834 197.25 187.50
ST ST 13 591 6886 196.75 176.25
OC OC 47 1 466 200 197.25
BC 244 2 465 200 197.25
BCC 28 25 425 199.5 197.25
BCM 18 20 377 199.75 197.25
MBC/DC 60 4 458 200 197.25
SC 27 18 461 199.75 197.25
ST 1 191 198.50

Category: OC =Open Category, Community: OC= Other Communities (General or Non-Reserved Communities)

Table III: Final tally of seats in MBBS

Community Reservation Entitlement excluding Special Category Total Seats obtained excluding Special Category
BC 23% 312 556
BCC 3.5% 48 76
BCM 3.5% 48 64
MBC/DC 20% 275 335
SC 18% 247 274
ST 1% 13 1
OC(General or Non-Reserved) 47

Table IV:  Results of Postgraduate Degree Courses (MS/MD/MCh) Entrance 2008-09.

Community Seats
BC 39
MBC 25
SC 16
General ( Others) 1
Total 91