- the "brand equity" of the IITs/IIMs
Basically these posts say that all talk of the "brand equity" of these institutions is a load of hogwash. Okay, I'm not going there.
Let's take on the argument about merit. Most of the pro-reservation bloggers have said that saying merit will be sacrificed due to increasing reservations is a bunch of crap, because scant regard is given to merit anyway. Evidence being the huge capitation fees and rampant bribery and nepotism.
Hokay. So now it's okay to continue devaluing merit just because it's always been devalued?
1: "Hey, there's a rickety old building. Lets break it down!"
2: "Uh, why? Why not make it stronger?"
1: "It's weak anyway. Who cares if it were to crumble into bits?"
By the same argument, we could keep extending bad treatment to whatever we've been treating badly for all this time. Hey, we were doing it anyway, right?