The following article is an opinion piece, and Icy Tales reserves no responsibility towards the thoughts portrayed in the article, as they are the author’s own.
A CHANGE NEEDED
Our INDIAN preamble says :
“We the people of INDIA……………………
…………and to secure all its citizens……….
EQUALITY of STATUS and OPPORTUNITY ….”
We are trying to get Equality in terms of Status, but equality in terms of opportunity is being suppressed for some sections of society. To be precise, it is not the entire section that gets affected but an individual affected by Reservation; she can improve if she wants or else she is deprived…
Is it for this EQUALITY that our ancestors fought for hundreds of Years ??
Is it necessary?
Yes, of course. To bring the life of OBC and SC /ST people on par with the upper caste people in school selection processes and government jobs.
Is the current system perfect?
No. Even the people who are being benefited know that the current system of reservation is very biased.
Don’t you think the poor people from the Higher caste in INDIA need help?
Yes, they do certainly. Who is stopping that?- A Dalit? Or Women? Who? -No one, I guess. Where really do we stand as a nation after 68 years of independence?
Yes. We need a reservation for these people as shown in the graph ( SC, ST, OBC: 63%); But what about the rest 37% who are poor but are not considered poor? Don’t they need a reservation??
IS THIS THE SO-CALLED “EQUALITY IS MY BIRTHRIGHT??.. “
Lets us have a look at Current day situation:
Do deserving people actually get benefited from the reservation?
According to the 2011 census: About 79.5 % of SC/ST people live in rural areas, and the rest, 21.5 %, live in urban areas. Who do you think is mostly benefited by reservation. Of course the 21.5% people from an urban background. These are the people who know well about these matters. First, these people live in urban places because their family members have proper jobs or connections there. Because they have a better livelihood in cities. If so, where would their children study – In well known private schools and colleges-So they have good knowledge about their surroundings compared to other people.
Do they need a Reservation??
I am not talking of reserved people with low economic state living in urban areas, and they are much less in numbers than those who are settled, as they take away the rest of people’s reservation.
“Do a son of a well-settled SC/ST/OBC father need Reservation?? Of course, No,”.
How come it is equal if he uses the reservation in improving his family status, his son does it, his grandson does, and it continues… Is it not why they say that the rich get richer? In urban areas non–reserved people are equally in poverty with SC/ST/OBC’s by the data given. So don’t you think they have a right to raise their family??
“Without access to education, the poor will always be poor.”
That is true, but in India, they get poorer not only economically but also socially.
The better the college -The better the job opportunities.
So, Aren’t “Merit – Non reserved” guys losing their opportunity??
We have a lot of quantity but what we want is quality… Give a chance to the ones who are deserving rather than giving it to the reserved.
Really talented people don’t get what they deserve… because they are not ‘reserved.’
Would you go to a doctor who scored 27% marks ( technically qualified ) in the entrance and just scored 50% ( somehow passed ) to treat your dad’s heart?
We need to think about it. Even a guy ( who has a reservation ) will not prefer to go to this doctor. Isn’t it?
The point here is not to abolish the reservation system but to consider both economic and social constraints.
The caste-based reservation system is an inconclusive debate with no clear cut lines. There is almost little evidence that it has made a difference to the poor over the sixty years of practicing it. The system cannot be scrapped or changed easily as the social disadvantages remain a contentious issue. There are no authoritative answers to this one, and we can’t easily expect because anyone who raises this issue will have to come out of power because there is no perfect solution for this till now.
We need to think about this…
Expecting a change from within to bring a change in this System.
Statistics Source: Census of India