Reservation for Every One!

Reservation for Every One!

We have moved to a time where caste boundaries have blurred.  Don’t you agree?  If this is not the case, clearly caste based reservation hasn’t done any good in last so many decades

We are marching towards a time when everyone is staking his claim over reservation. Caste based reservation is one of the many things that exist only in India. Every other day, one finds one particular group of people blocking trains to announce their arrival. From Gurjars in Rajasthan to Jats in Haryana to Patidars in Gujrat, every one ceremoniously starts with taking to rails. Its time railway starts a dedicated train for reservation related agitations. You could book your slot to block that train as per your convenience.

Jokes apart, how does government decide beneficiaries to dole out the reservation benefits? Ironically, it’s the affluent and dominant caste of the state which has staked its claim. Sadly enough, government has been more than receptive. Forefathers of our constitution put forward the concept of caste/tribe based reservation to help those sections of the society which were politically, socially or economically deprived for ages. Have we modified it to include affluent classes too? So the only section left behind is the one which is neither socio-economically backwards nor is affluent.
Reservation has been reduced to a mere political weapon. Politicians and voters misuse it alike. Patidars know that government of the day would need its support to stay in power. Political parties know that they have the bait to bribe the voters. Hence, the nexus. Gujarat government came out with a Eureka idea to appease everyone. Government announced 10% quota for economically backward sections among the upper caste. This is supposed to be over and above 49% reservation for SC/ST and OBCs. This is not the first time that a state government has improvised to appease all. Rajasthan government did exactly same for the Gurjars.

I fail to understand our obsession with reservation. Reservation is one of the biggest insoluble problems that our country faces today. And every time this issue pops up, we end up increasing the quota. What breed of policy makers suggest that majority of seats be reserved? R.I.P meritocracy!   

Every subsequent reservation is a marker of failure of its predecessor. Reservation in jobs depicts the failure of reservation in higher education. Likewise reservation in higher education depicts utter failure of reservation in technical education. We have moved to a time where caste boundaries have blurred.  Don’t you agree?  If this is not the case, clearly caste based reservation hasn’t done any good in last so many decades. And if it really has, why do we need reservation? In either case, we need to shun the reservation policy in its current form.

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Amit

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