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Monday, June 12, 2006

More on the Individual

Via Abi, I came to know of this news article. The Andhra Pradesh government tried sub-dividing the SC quota to ensure that the benefits are not cornered by the "creamy layer" among SCs.

This move, coupled with the MBC movement in several states, underlines the need to place the individual of the community at the centre of any affirmative action move. An AA plan designed with a focus on the individual will not have these 'blunt knife'
problems that a quota-based plan is bound to have.

As these problems of "minorities within minorities" and "untouchables within untouchables" crop up, I am reminded of what Ayn Rand said - The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.