Striking doctors called off their stir and returned to work following
the Supreme Court’s (SC) firm warning that they should return to work
or face contempt but the issue of Reservations and politics based on
caste got murkier with many uncertainties. However, medical students
said that they will continue the strike.
Veerappa Moily who heads an oversight committee said that he was not
sure if his committee was empowered to investigate, identify, or
exclude the so-called creamy layer. Many political parties have been
arguing that the rich and empowered in the Other Backward Classes (OBC)
must not continue to receive special consideration despite their
obvious forwardness. This group of rich and empowered is labeled the
“creamy layer.” Interestingly, Moily said that the best brains in the
country are working on the problem.
Meanwhile, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is up to its usual bag
of divisive tricks. While the issue is being debated in the SC and at
the national level, it introduced a bill on the last day of the
Assembly that will reserve seats for the OBCs even in private
institutions. In all probability, this bill will be struck down at the
High Court if not the SC.