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Census 2011—India

Democracy is the best form of government, no doubt… as long as it strictly adheres to the principle, “By the people, of the people and for the people”. India opted for this form of government as soon as it became an independent country, way back in 1947.

With Jawaharlal Nehru at the helm and the Gandhian principles like non-violence and truth reigning supreme, the country was on the move along the right path. There had been slow and steady progress on all fronts. Schools and colleges began to appear in every nook and corner and food production began to scale new heights.

So far so good… but when the benefits of various welfare measures began to spread far and wide, certain vested interests viewed things from their own narrow angles, resulting in the mushrooming of regional and caste-based political parties and the concept of “by the people, of the people and for the people” gave way to “by this caste, for that caste and of this region or that region”.

So, when all these political parties raised a hue and cry to carry out caste census next year, the cat was out of the bag! The purpose was not to have an idea of the people as a whole but to focus on the castes these politicians belonged to.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

One Commnet on “Census 2011—India

  1. These days, it is more obvious that democracy is more preserved than practiced!

    About the caste factor, how else would political parties have a more clear break-up of vote-banks and thereby plan strategy? 🙂

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