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  • I N S I D E T H I S

    I S S U E :

    Peace March

    by YFE


    Youth v/s



    Saviors of the

    Creamy layer


    Lets Promise 6

    Salute the

    spirit of




    For Action


    YFE Crusader I S S U E 1 V , N O V - D E C 2 0 0 8

    W E L C O M E T O Y F E

    > W o r l d

    awakens to a

    new reality of

    global terror

    > Reflected

    t hr o u g h o ut

    this issue is

    the desire for


    > Wish all our

    readers a

    very happy &

    peaceful 2009

    Peace March By YFE

    Letter To The



    A P E A C E M A R C H B Y

    Y F E T O E X P R E S S

    S O L I D A R I T Y W I T H

    T E R R O R V I C T I M S I N

    M U M B A I

    T H I S P E A C E M A R C H

    W A S O R G A N I Z E D

    O N 1 0 T H D E C E M B E R

    2 0 0 8 , T H E H U M A N

    R I G H T S D A Y A T

    D E L H I U N I V E R S I T Y

    W R I T I N G O N T H E W A L L

    It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to

    higher levels of endeavor and achievement

    - (Constitution of India, Part IVA Fundamental Duties, Article 51(A) (j))

  • P A G E 2

    At Christmas, all

    roads lead home

    - Majorie Holmes

    Welcome 2009 !!

    News Bar - As it happens !! 15.26% avails 27% Quota in Himachal

    Himachal Pradesh government has decided to increase the income limit of the creamy

    layer of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh per year.

    Apex court serves to government on quota creamy layer; Bench wants to know

    why definition of privileged was changed.

    The Supreme Court sought a reply from the Centre on a batch of petitions challenging

    the move to raise the annual income ceiling for the creamy layer among the OBC can-

    didates, seeking admission to central educational institutions, from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs

    4.5 lakh.

    Reservation has to be finished now: HC

    Plurality of seats must for reservation: SC

    In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court held that for reservation to apply there

    must exist more than one post/seat.

    Applying this rule, a scheduled caste candidate was denied the job of a History

    Lecturer in a private college in Karnataka, as there exited a single post in the

    colleges History department.

    Y F E C R U S A D E R



    Why is the media here so negative?

    Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?

    We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to ac-

    knowledge them. Why?

    We are the first in milk production.

    We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.

    We are the second largest producer of wheat.

    We are the second largest producer of rice.

    YOU say that our government is inefficient.

    YOU say that our laws are too old.

    YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.

    YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the

    world, mails never reach their destination.

    YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.

    YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?



  • P A G E 3

    Y F E C R U S A D E R

    We debate about youthful

    vigor v/s experience. Lets

    take the case of Tendulkar.

    He was drafted into the

    Indian cricket team at the

    age of 16. Let's suppose

    there is only one vacant

    position and for that Kapil

    Dev and Tendulkar are pit-

    ted against each other.

    Whom should we take?

    Normally people say that it

    depends on the opposition.

    However there is no clear

    answer provided to this


    Look at the above picture

    carefully. Now look away

    and try to draw it.

    Not so easy, is it? Let me

    explain why it is so.

    Brain builds concepts called

    schemas. Schemas are men-

    tal moulds into which we

    pour our experience. By

    adulthood we have built

    countless schemas that

    range from knowing how to

    tie a knot to our concept of

    love. When we talk about

    the need for experience, we

    mean to say the ability to

    make sense of our experi-

    ences and use that to deal

    with situations.

    The Devils tuning fork is an impossible object. It is

    not easy to draw just by say

    one look because we have

    no schema for such an im-

    age. So all our experience

    of things is useless here.

    The same goes with the

    youth v/s experience de-

    bate. In the dynamic world

    of today situations arising

    are of very complex nature.

    So much so that we are fac-

    ing situations never ever

    seen or foreseen. In such a

    situation, both youth and

    the experienced are on the

    same platform. Herein, the

    youth tends to score a point

    because of the openness of

    mind. The experienced per-

    son tries to place the situa-

    tions as per his experiences

    and tries to deal with it.

    Many a time he realizes that

    the solutions don't work &

    that he has to think afresh.

    However a lot of time, ef-

    fort and energy is wasted.

    The youth has no such

    schema. So he goes for the

    kill immediately.

    This explains Lawrence

    Bragg getting a Nobel prize

    at the age of 25, or a chess

    player becoming a grand-

    master at the age of 13.

    All said and done, there

    needs to be a mix of both

    youth and experience. Ex-

    perience definitely gives

    more confidence in the set

    patterns of work. Open-

    mindedness to continuous

    learning and new ideas will

    help. The combined powers

    of both coming together is


    Ravishankar Duvvuri

    NMIMS, Mumbai

    Youth v/s Experience

  • P A G E 4

    The Ministry of

    Social Justice and Empow-

    erment has done what it

    considers politically oppor-

    tune and what is the main

    occupation of the political

    bosses, who refuse to think

    beyond the next election. In

    an elite-oriented system of

    governance it surprises no

    one that the union cabinet

    has raised the upper limit of

    the creamy layer in the con-

    text of OBC reservations.

    Apparently, the

    union cabinet is more wor-

    ried about those in the in-

    come range of Rs.2.5 lakhs

    to Rs.4.5 lakhs. In fact it

    filed an affidavit in the Su-

    preme Court that many

    elected representatives de-

    manded the limit raised to

    25 Lakhs! What a concept

    of equality of opportunity of access and success in a country with a population

    of over 30 crores classified

    under the BPL category!

    The existence of the Na-

    tional Commission for the

    Backward Classes (NCBC),

    which recommended raising

    the limit, has come handy

    for the Ministry and the

    government. Commissions

    of this nature are always

    ready to substantiate the

    desires of the politicians

    through professional sup-port and expert advice! The present case is just one

    of the umpteen other exam-

    ples. Media reports do point

    out the impending elections

    as one of the motivating

    factors responsible for this

    decision. However, media

    has shown no inclination to

    analyze the situation and

    educate people on the un-

    tenability of the supportive

    logic put forward by the

    NCBC or the government.

    The creamy layer

    uplift comes in the wake of certain alarming facts

    that are regularly docu-

    mented by various agencies

    and do deserve some con-

    sideration. An UN assess-

    ment published recently

    indicates that India would

    not be able to reduce the

    number of its hungry by

    half even up to 2015. Sev-

    eral other Millennium De-

    velopment Goals would

    also remain unattainable for

    India. 46% of Indias chil-dren are malnourished

    which is not unexpected

    when 27.5% people are

    classified under below the poverty line! The projected target to reduce it to

    18.75% appears distant.

    How will these people and

    their children compete on

    par with those earning

    around Rs 4.5 lakhs per


    Clearly, the Con-

    gress party, under pressure

    from within and also from

    its allies who survive on

    caste politics, pretends to

    help the poor and the weak

    under an astonishing defini-

    tion of the creamy layer.

    The NCBC claims huge

    support for enhancing the

    upper income limit. To

    judge the veracity of the

    claim, talk to common peo-

    ple in villages and towns

    who are not the beneficiar-

    ies of the Sixth Pay Com-

    mission, and they would tell

    you the real story. The en-

    hanced limit is just an