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Caste Masters

The UP Municipal election results are out and BJP has won. And people are going bonkers. At one end, BJP is taunting Congress for losing and losing very badly, and at the other side, Congress is highlighting that BJP has lost a seat / few seats in the constituency of Yogi Adithyanath / Keshav Prasad Maurya. Considering that this sounds more like that famous "Pass Persua Fail Perusa" from the movie Gentleman, I can happily ignore their rants as a joke.  It is the media coverage of the same is the one that gets my goat.
There is a moron who confidently concludes that "Yogi Adityanath has kept the BJP's vote bank of upper castes firmly with him as these results indicate.". And another moron has attributed BSP's victory to the support of Dalit-Muslims. Where do they get these inferences from? Are they having access to some information which even the Election Commission does not have? Has any one ever mentioned their caste when they vote? No one knows who an indiv…
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This concludes my three part rant on CA Course and the examination system. The previous two parts can be found here and here.

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Some time in late 1999 or early 2000, as I was looking forward to my CA Foundation Examination, I bumped into Raja Ganapathy (if I remember his name correctly), a senior from a different College (St. Joseph's, Trichy), CA Inter Student, one among the three or four students who had cleared the CA Foundation Exams some two years back in our town. 

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