I am not sure, if media is celebrating the imminent enactment of women’s reservation or another blow to india’s ‘identity politics’ [ by which the lexicon of indian media mainly means ‘politics with caste’ but suggests ‘politics of caste’, regionalism, communalism are the terms for other kinds of identity politics]. But a rather insignificant news draws my attention here [link]
In fact, Maharashtra’s Minister for Tribal Development Babanrao Pachpute blames the students themselves, saying they were lacking on many fronts — particularly physical assets — while Commissioner for Tribal Development D S Rajurkar says air-hostess jobs would have been difficult for them given the competition.
May be I am a little twisted, but i am not sure what the minister meant. If we take a definition from financial dictionary here[link]
An item of economic, commercial or exchange value that has a tangible or material existence. Physical assets are the opposite of intangible assets, which have value but are nonphysical such as leases, computer programs or agreements. Physical assets can be inventoried or stored, although they may go through depletion, depreciation, deterioration or shrinkage in the storage process.
then what did they expect from the tribal girls who were picked up from villages and put in a govt. sponsored training program? And after couple of years of respectfully dressing like u desire, studying what u dictate, u say,
“they are not physically appealing, not good communicator”?
This person at the ministry of Tribal development SERIOUSLY needs counseling, (and I say this with the knowledge that usually this post goes to a tribal MLA of the ruling coalition/party. no idea about him).
A more rational-looking excuse comes from the commissioner.
“The training was part of skill development,” adds Commissioner Rajurkar. “Many girls have benefited by way of jobs in the hospitality industry but it is difficult to think of air-hostess jobs for them as candidates there are highly skilled and competitive.”
Apparently, they can’t do anything about it, as long as it comes to dalit/tribal people being phased out in competition. In the meanwhile, the Indian government introduces bill to reserve seats for women (in one of the most competitive job sectors) and elsewhere Deutsch Telecom introduces women’s quote in managerial positions [link].
May be all the cookies are for women with physical assets!