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Private sector reservation March 1, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, india, rant.
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Here is some fluff.

Now, I hope the government goes further and begins a campaign, in earnest this time, to force the private sector to recruit others who lurk in the shadows of India’s shining. Indeed, the idea of reservations in the private sector has been tossed about for some time, but now—as the country moves to being a consumer economy and fights an acute labor crunch—is the right time to act. …

My position is not a popular one among Indians in the US who say affirmative action hurts affluent Indians, especially in the areas of science and technology. Nor is this stance a popular one among my friends here, who claim reservations will mean fewer opportunities, fewer seats. But that’s the very point—to help “them” become more like “us”.

Firstly, the private sector that does not depend on the government for pretty much anything has no obligation whatsoever to fund any of government’s populist schemes. Its only responsibility is to its consumers, shareholders and the environment. The assumption behind the above argument is that the government does not have the means to do good, hence must rope in the private sector ( and thus wash its hands off it). Fallacious one indeed. The proof of pudding is in the eating – what precisely did socialism of 1947-1990 achieve ?

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1. Deepak Krishnan - March 1, 2007

who’s the great mind behind the fluff?

2. Ashwini - March 2, 2007

oh yeah…whose “fluff” is it anyways?

3. raosharath - March 2, 2007

There the link now…the same journo who sometime back wrote the letter to the indian husbands … 😀

4. Deepak Krishnan - March 2, 2007

Oh!! Mitra Kalita.. formerly of the Washington Post!!!!

5. raosharath - March 2, 2007

Oh…didn’t look that one up ..


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