With my brother’s admissons coming up i am once again subjected to the world of government admission procedures and reservation. Reservation…this could easily be the most debatable topic in the lives of the common man and most of those who do not belong to the reserved class must be against it and obviously those who are getting the benefits of it on the other side. But today with the reservation being almost 50% we really need to think, do we need it and if its getting too much or not.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at the time of independence demanded resevation for the people who were treated untouchables to help them improve their standard of living and come at par with those who caused these atrocities on them. As much as i know he had asked for the reserved status for only an initial period of 10 years. But our political leaders in their race for power kept on promising reservation even after the initial 10 year period, eventually creating the situation that exits today. Instead of uniting the society we have made sections of it. Today we are a nation that queues to be called backward. We are a nation that organises nationwide campaigns to get the backward status.
Today higher education is slipping out from the hands of the common man. With the government colleges and institutions giving 50% of their seats to the reserved class, the only option that is left for the common man of the unreserved class is to study in private institutions that charge enormous fees and donations. So if the common man cannot pay the fees should he stop his children from studying? Isnt’t the government failing then?
Today life a really a luxury for the reserved class. As soon they are branded RESERVED they become the government’s son-in-laws. They get previlages each and everywhere. During admission to government schools, they are charged less fees. After that when schooling ends, they have a good 50% of the seats reserved for them. All they need to do is appear for the exams and their admisssion to a good institute is ensured. There too they get a discount on the fees. Plus scholarships for the reserved class. Then comes the time of job. While selections in the government sector again all they need to do is appear for the interviews to get selected for the job. When in the job, they again get an upperhand over thier colleagues as again for the promotions caste is considered. Not to forget being RSERVED they also have discounts on taxes too. And all this beacuse our ancestors treated them badly! Isn’t this punishing someone else for something someone else has done. And then why is it invalid when we blame the muslims who invaded India and destroyed so many temples during their regime? Why is their so much fuss when Babri Masjid is destroyed? Well lets not drift away from the main topic and coming back to it, even if we accept that our forefathers committed artocitites on the so the today’s reserved class’s forefathers. Isn’t the non reserved class being subjected to atrocities today?
And moreover if we look at the motive of reservation that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had in mind while demanding reservations. He wanted upliftment of the poor of the society. But with what is happening today we are only enlarging the rich-poor divide. With the rich of the reserved class eating away rights of the poor of the reserved class. What we really need to think toady is wether the reservation being given is going to the people who deserve it or not. Definately a poor boy from the rural areas of chattisgarh who studies under the light of the street lamp after a day’s hard work to earn his bread need the benefits of reservation more than a rich boy living in the city of mumbai having all the facilites at his disposal. But the thing his the rich boy gets a bit more marks from the poor boy and avails the benefits of reservation. I dont think the rich boy deserves it as compared to the poor boy. What we need today either the complete cancellation of reservation or reservation based on economic basis. If we think as a whole, what is happening today is the undeserved people are getting an edge over the deserving. Thinking of India’s development, is it really going to happen if we keep on giving chances to the undeserved and keep on denying the same to those who really do? Can India 2020 be a reality?
And the worst part of the whole scenario is that people now keep on demanding more and more reservation. The Gajjars recently organized a massive nationwide agitation to get the status of ST instead of SC. It dosent need an einstein to figure out why. Plus when in institutions like the IIT’s when these undeserved people are unable to cope up with the competiton and the level of study and when they fail, the reserved category organisations start blaming the institutes on the grounds of atrocities against the reserved class. What really pissed me off recently was the statement a fellow student of mine who belongs to the reserved category. When i asked him why dont you put in a bit of efforts to pass this is what he said,
“Yaar…ek to mereko kuch samajh me aata nahi…aur tension thodi na hai mujhe kuch…mereko to bas exam likhna hai aur kaise to bhi usme pass hona hai…ek baar degree leke is college k bahar gaya to mereko job to lag hi jayega!! ”
And we call such people as the future of our nation. Don’t you think we are making a big mistake somewhere?