Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Elephant or common man?

Pic taken during Thrissur Pooram 2007. Photo courtesy: Prasanth Krishna, one of my numerous cousins :)



Definitely elephant is heavier and is a celebrated animal in Kerala. But that's not what I want to point out. Any idea who gets more importance in the small state called Kerala in the Indian subcontinent? Read along.

Some extracts from recent news items

An elephant survey is conducted in 2007 in three States simultaneously to avoid duplication.

Extensive use of Global Positioning System for confirming the location of the elephants was one of the features of the survey.

The survey was simultaneously conducted in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for avoiding the duplication of the numbers.

The previous elephant survey was conducted in 2005.

And just a month ago…..

1931 survey to remain basis for OBC quota.

The central government wanted to use a sample survey covering a few villages and minuscule percentage of population and based on the 1931 census, the last caste-based head count, as the benchmark for determining backwardness of OBCs — socially, economically and educationally — and for continuing with the 27% reservation to them.

So, elephant or common man?

9 comments:

Jaguuu... said...

First things First .. check out that pic... pixelmaze.ca/tilted/index.php?post_id=1084

And Secondly thanks a lot for that interesting piece of info. Just reconfirmed how stoooooopid are the junta who chose such politicians to decide the fate of Our Country in the 21st Century... ..

*Telling myself to Relax *
Breath in Breath out...

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hi Jaguuu,

Thanks for the pic. I have been to Muzhippilangad and was lucky to get a view of the amazing sunsets the beach is famous for.

Rinchen said...

Where didja go, girl?

Nice pic of the Aana(s). So the common man remains common after all while the elephants get more limelight & GPS!?! Good observation, very astute!

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hey Rinch!!
GWBE was on a vacation in Kerala. Though it was supposed to be a vacation, it was literally a torture. Spend 3 days in Cochin corporation office to get my marriage certificate.
Am yet to enter your wordpress world. Soon!

Deepak Panigrahy said...

Wonderful remark on the survey of common man and elephants. Thoroughly enjoyed the post.

VKM said...

Spot on. Amazing the way the votebanks makes people go unrational.

Ganapathy said...

isn't there a difference in counting a few 1000 elephants and counting more than a Billion people?

Rinchen said...

Yes, there is a difference between them. Thats what GWBE is questioning in the first place, non?

In my opinion however, a billion people are peanuts compared to the magnificient animal which apparently rules the southern states with a vengeance.

Long, long time back, the ex-CM of Sikkim once brought an elephant to the state (since his party symbol was an elephant, apparently. Who wud've thought!!!) We all gaped at the animal since I think that was the first time an elephant had been brought to Sikkim. I have never seen one here after that. So maybe Aana-idiosyncrasies are not limited to the south alone...

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