Come election season and it’s always a festival of sorts for voters. So as we gear up for the Uttar Pradesh elections, the political parties have already started dangling some really juicy carrots in front of the voters. But it’s always a certain disaster when politicians attempt to be subtle and magnanimous at the same time.
Take, for example, a recent decision of the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University in Lucknow. It sent a letter to the Medical Council of India that graduation degrees be granted to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) medical students who have repeatedly failed to clear the final exams. Some of these talented souls have been trying to clear the hurdle from 1996. Of course, voters are not stupid either, they too are keen to play ball ahead of the elections: some of the students have alleged that they are being given poor marks because they are not A-listers in the Brahmanical order.
While we are trembling at the thought of students being given degrees that they don’t deserve and then going on to open clinics, the BSP’s medical education minister, Lalji Verma, doesn’t seem to be too perturbed. He said that he would comment only after going through the documents. Does it mean that he doesn’t know about the decision? And we thought he is the medical education minister. How silly of us!
The sad part of this story is not a bunch of students failing to become doctors year after year. Their degrees will not help the cause of the underprivileged at all. Instead, the same distinction will be made over and over again of how SC/STs only manage to pass because they get an extra (illegal) nudge from people who are least bothered about their development.