Atrocitynews Special: Economics of social Engineering


 Following write-up takes world view that BSP uprising is part of  social movement ongoing in India . Of which political and economic fall-outs are not be confused with the indicators of overall success. As proposed by Dr Ambedkar, the goals should be aligned to world’s pursuit for self-healing(take your responsibility and heal yourself); a unique approch  present day economists are threading.

The UP government under the aegis of BSP has worked out representation formula in its cabinet as follows:
1. OBCS- 8
2. Thakurs-1
3. Bhuihars-1
4. Brahmins-3
5. Muslim-1
6. SC-4

Contested and Elected Social group wise:

Contested 100 . …..Won 54 (54%)

2 Rajput
Contested 42…… Won 21 (50%)

3 Brahmins
Contested 89 ……Won 34 (38.2%)

4 Muslims
Contested 58 …….Won 26 (44.8%)

5  SC
Contested 95 ……Won 62 (65.3%)

The above equation makes quite deep sense in a Nation where the class is overshadowed by the caste phenomenon. The real empowerment may not happen until National policymakers  recognise that such venomous caste system exits in roots of India and it would take only venom-sort medicine for relief; unfortunately neither of the earlier government could think of any better treatment because they never attached due weightage to caste -virus. Their program were targeted only-to  prevail upon the populist notions of caste groups. It is upper caste group, may be 10 %, who  make masses people to act, to vote and to live in their likelihood.
Once given the real representation, it could bring slow but ever lasting change within ghettos and they would derive qualified authority of their own in all manner. This may not happen so easily. The privilaged caste groups may put demands of different necessities in political and economical life. Now if a case of meritocratic open society is considered; it would look good for fastest among the race-competition or best for fittest for survival. But on larger whole its defective. The human competitive scenario nullifies the existence of  interdependent social human groups. Equality is not natural thing; no body is equal in form or strength. But it’s a State policy for governance in order to make pleasant coexistence of societies. Life is no way a competition, it’s a journey and individual wants to make it more meaningful as well as peaceful moment. Knowledge may give edge in competition but wisdom contributes  more meaning to lives and to their surroundings.

If we talk of competition, past acumen/legacies play vital role in dictating competition. For example, many Narayana Murthi’s of India got legacy of knowledge (wisdom apart) from thousand years together to excel and to show their merits in the form of corporate-success. The critical and ground understanding is that in Indian subcontinent social aberrations are responsible for distributing resources and giving advantage to few caste groups .No surprisingly such groups continue to become better which we call merit. In the proposed scheme of equal representation there is strong potential seen to cut down the social aberrations due to reasons discussed earlier. For the case, let’s see the development of Scheduled caste. SCs of India have reached phenomenonal level during last 5o years. Thanks to equitable nature of Indian constitution! Indian dalits can now walk confidently in every walks of the life though their economic situation may not have improved drastically. 

Caste groups interact within so closely; reverse is the case if comes to their behaviour in external world; the benefits accrued to caste groups broadly becomes  equitable through informal filial tributaries  reaching to fellow caste men even faster than trickle down effect in a strong economies like West. The opportunities given to caste groups have more ability to deliver or to spread or to distribute their capacities within caste groups more than the class groups. This is one of the silent features of  representation mechanism in caste-virus ridden society. The growth with equity and  chemistry of caste groups are very much interlinked but in very different way.

However  economy of representation is very difficult to absorb in single theoretic model in lieu of absense of strong data or lack of attempts to mine the data. Manytimes Indian academicians attempt either molding of data in favour some caste groups or simply inaction;living with status-qu0. Both cases lead to frustrated and inconclusive situation for policymakers. However there are several resons to believe why economics of representation i.e. social engineering can be good. There is. however. need for quality experiments in this regard.
Firstly as health of any economy lies in the greater utilisation of the opportunities by needy groups. The effect of economy is gauged by the progress of such groups. Many a times though it happens, but problem comes while better groups jump early on the opportunities . But with effective process of intervention it can be solved out and more needy can be targeted. Interventions can come only through effective checks and balances in well designed social re-engineering process. Therefore experiments are must.

Secondly, the way randomness in Brownian motion in physics had become basis for foundation of Black & Schulz’s model for pricing  options in Stock markets, it suggests lot. The model on which solutions are designed should encapsulate real world situation in closer sense. NO one had idea of how a theory in physics could possibly solve problem in stock market; but it did so well that Black got Noble price award for publishing related theory in 1973 . result is we got derivatives market stunningly run till date, much more efficiently due to the deo-work. Though strange; again it was an experiment that went so well all along.

To design a frame out of this irregularity and chaos which is quite strange, what we have to accept is solutions can be even strange. What so ever good economic systems are, they can’t be particularly effective if real life world is not taken into consideration system is said to be the perfect what is needed to design a proper frame to capture all the non-fashioned movements. We are talking about such kind of solutions i.e. social engineering starting from politics. 

Caste representation apparatus linked with social re-engineering can forms the most applicable yet strange experiment in Indian situation. The ground reality to be seen is Caste comes before class.

In deriving this strange solution we must take view of economic philosophies of yesteryear’s. Ambedkarite vision makes Gandhian vision stand hopeless pale in changing world context as it is erroneously based on permanent view that traditions are always good. Ambedkarite economic vision largely talks about the response to changing situation rather than humble believing to the economic determinism; stress is on poor and needy. Based on Gandhian utopean vision, earlier government in India have hopelessly demonstrated villages in tradition rural form with no experiments to change status-quo along with same hold of rigid caste structure. Hundreds of  Kherlanji Atrocities happening on 250 million Dalit is a direct outcome of it. Rural economies are so dangerously woven around agricultural land economics ; its going to be biggest challenge for India in this century. Panchayat Raj experiments would continue to fail in the wake of gross ignorance of reality and lack of experimental initiatives.

On global scale, process of state intervention in economic growth is not that simple issue . same is with the case of overall empowerment. The process aims to address  weak sections of society. Weak in general means woman in general, Dalits in India, hunger dying kids in Sub-Saharan continent and others effected groups. Targeting what ? also remains a big question in this area.  

Even today the World Bank consultants have not agreed on single framework of development; for some what is more good is Growth than equity. David& Cray attempted study in 2003 which hypothesised that Growth is pro-poor. On the other hand, another star ex-World Bank economist and a noble laureate thinks World Bank does not highlight properly on equity; which is at the best, the primary thing it should do if it wants to bring joy in suffering world realm.

Pic01 : Dr Ambedkar; first economist of India and author of ‘Problem of Ruppee’

In this regard the most appropriate world view is with people who have gone through deadly experiences of poverty and prejudices. They could best represent their brethren if they have understanding of the socio-politcal-economic intervention processes. This is what Ambedkarite  economists (BSP policy makers) have in minds when it comes to globalisation or entry of foreign capital. The answer for any grim problem lies in seeing how strong the state can make the intervention process for freeing people from the shackles of material poverty, unsocial constructs and poverty in thoughts. BSP economist are onto global level economic policy as they have realisation that they have not remain local political outfit or National Monolithic organisation, but in no time they would represent the Democratic world in more dynamic way. It is in their learning faith of dynamism that they are seeing to club array of economic philosophers and economic policymakers of Noble repute. The team ideally should comprise likes of welfare economist Amartya Sen, neo-liberal economist Joseph Stieglitz, peace economist likes of Mohammad Younus.

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pic02: Amartya Sen Joseph Stiglitz, Mohhamad Younus

UP governance if runs well, it would be no-mean achievement. It would be model for healthy civilisations to come as the show is run by the poorest of the poor, lowest of the low and state is the most populous that too in most populous democracy of the world. This can only be possible in Democracy; the miracles of Democratic mechanisms are always there to help people and societies. Soon BSP rises up to Aura borealis and Aura austral and world heals itself. Because they have gone thru gravest sufferings.

One Response to “Atrocitynews Special: Economics of social Engineering”

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