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Reservation policy is a source of frustration for general category

Almost a year after his remarks on reservation had triggered a political slugfest, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat now said he would ask government to expedite “appropriate decision” regarding inclusion of Matang community, a Dalit caste, in ST category. Matang community, which is a part of Hindu community, should not remain neglected, but adding them to reservation category can lead to debate.

By giving reservations to various communities and castes, merit and consistency take back seats. It doesn’t matter whether you were a topper throughout your life. A slight mistake can rob you off a seat in a high-status institute if you belong to general category. On the other hand, a person with average academics can get into the crème de la crème institutes of the country with little efforts if he/she belongs to a reserved category. This is the theory of reservation where the science of reasoning doesn’t work. No one yet have the answer, weather the reservations benefited a major faction of backward class? Reservation is a hazard that has completed more than 50 years on Indian soil.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar wouldn’t have wanted it to continue beyond 20th century. However, it seems that reservation would never ever end. It has become a reversible fuel for the political parties and that too with a high mileage. Pro- reservation supporters argue that there is still a large faction of backward class which didn’t get the benefit of the reservation. I find it funny, especially when I look around and find many reserved category persons doing very well socially and economically. They neither lack a social status nor are they in any kind of financial troubles. Yes, the situation hasn’t changed much in the villages and half of India’s population resides in villages. However, then, nothing much has changed in the villages anyway. There is still poverty, paucity of resources, farmer’s suicide, female infanticides and honour killings continue to put a slur on India’s image in the world. However, they are not among the top agenda of the politicians. Why reservation should be looked upon as the only alternative or a remedy to bring in equality while overlooking other important parameters of development? Everyone wants reservations, even Brahmins and Jats recently came on the streets for reservations. Patels and Patils already have raised their voices.

The reservation policy is a source of frustration for many general category students but, in the hindsight, it is harmful for the reserved category students as well. An intelligent backward class person becomes the first victim of the very process which was supposed to be beneficial for him. People tend to perceive that person in the similar way as they look at other non-worthy candidates. There are lot more side effects.

Since, BJP has come to power the entire nation is shaken over unwanted issues. Leaving the progress and development of India, these days Modi and BJP has too diverted the attention on all unwanted issues, after appeasing Sufi Muslims and hailing Islam, now Modi advocates Ambedkar, very categorically, he is leaving no stone unturned while appeasing minorities and Dalits. He is well aware that these two major voters could decide the fate of BJP in UP. However, PM does not seem to remember that the idea and policy of reservations was devised in the Constitution as a temporary measure for 10 years and has been renewed every 10 years since. It was expected that the classes for whom reservations were made would grow into better economic status and lead to abolition reservations eventually. Two generations later those classes have not graduated. On the contrary, reservations have become a vested interest and a strong electoral measure in the hands of all political parties. PM should have been thinking how the original intention behind reservations could be fulfilled and how those classes could be assisted to grow out of their weak status. Besides, the original error was to specify certain castes and not classes, according to their economic status. PM should have addressed that part of the discourse. Modiji’s promises galore but nothing in practice. Of course, anybody can air hollow promises. It is reasonably suspected that BJP and Sangh Parivar are behind Patels & Jats agitations. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s vision was upliftment of the downtrodden, especially SCs/STs. Most of the earlier promises are history today, as leaders and people both forget the promises.

Modi compared Dr. BR Ambedkar to iconic civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Are you remembering or not but recently he compared Parkash Singh Badal too with Mandela, so the random comparison with Mandela? Moreover, why can’t Madela is compared to Babasaheb, who was born much before Mandela and died? How can one really buy such comparisons? Moreover he said, “It is a big mistake to label Babasaheb (only) a messiah of the Dalits (maximum oppressed community were of Dalits and Modi in 2016, talking something which stinks political). He further said, “Underscoring that Dr. Ambedkar’s work in fighting the caste system was one of his huge contributions to independent India. He also stressed that there will be “no dilution of reservation for the Dalits and downtrodden (castes)”. His comments come at a time when his party’s ideological parent, the RSS, has said that great caution must be paid to ensure only the truly marginalized benefit from affirmative action policies. It’s been more than two years, our PM is still in a mood to deliver only speeches and his supporting groups are splitting this country wide open. Our country really needs development and direction to grow and hope our PM realizes this. Let’s stand for India, for development and growth. We should be determined enough to say no to those unwanted political plots.

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Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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