No Reservations About Family Quota
Nepotism is a fact of life for most Indians, what with everyone from politicians to musicians promoting their kith and kin in preference to new blood. A pedigreed Bollywood actor recently even tried to put a scientific spin on it by likening the making of a film star to that of a Derby-winning racehorse: all a matter of mating mares of the right bloodstock to established champions. While it is painfully apparent that the principle has not panned out in the cinematic arena as it has on racetracks, nepotism seems to have had a greater strike rate in other spheres. Politics in particular sees the highest visible instances of successful nepotism — perhaps thanks to lower standards or unofficial reservation of certain posts for families.
Differing definitions of success can, however, skew perceptions of this principle’s efficacy. So, credulous officials in Daman can be forgiven for trying to create nepotism where none exists — by making siblings out of the entire government staff in the Union territory with the deceptively simple device of mandatory rakhi-tying. It must now be determined whether the protest against this diktat — that led to its hurried retraction — stemmed from the potential siblings’ abhorrence of nepotism, reluctance to submit to summary relativity or mere unwillingness to come to office on a holiday.