Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reservation is Old but not GOLD


A hotel tag saying Reservation
Are we living in a democratic nation, the reservations and concessions given in all the educational and Job sectors make me ask so. If there was any morality in the reservation system our country follows then I wouldn't have asked this. Almost sixty years back the idea of reservation was apt for our then newly independent democratic nation. For the fundamental growth of the nation, the legislators saw the need for the citizens from all communities and religion to work together discarding their differences. Reservation and concession was thus introduced for minorities and then suffering communities to bring them forth in both education and government affairs. Now two three generations have passed and the people who now does injustice to those suffering are not the upper class any more but are from their own communities who had already harvested the fruit.


Let me tell you the story of one of my friend who is now studying in a well recognized Engineering college and has a long list of exam arrears in his credit. He wasn't that bright in school and got only pass mark in all subjects. He wrote the engineering entrance exam and didn't do well in that too. But he was from an oppressed community, thus he overtook few thousand of students and got admission in one of the best colleges, which he obviously didn't deserve. I said he didn't deserve it not only because he was bad in studies but also he didn't belong to an oppressed community any more. That’s right, it may be wrote in his matriculation or caste certificate that he belong to an oppressed community but his parents, father a recognized scientist in ISRO (Indian Space and Research Organization), mother a professor in an arts college, does seem much oppressed. This is not a work of my imagination or simply an odd case; there are lakhs and crores of such stories all around the country, where the benefits are not reaching those in need. Now the only relevant question is who belongs to the oppressed community and who needs the reservation, the people who don’t have enough earning to even feed their children, the people who were exploited by those with power and money. Not for any lower caste or any minority religion, the reservations and concessions should be given to people (consider all as equal) who don’t have the money to get into a school or college.
The homeless and poor people in India

Reservations and concessions can only be justified if it is given to the deserved. To do so our government should introduce a system to properly monitor the annual income of each and every family and then select a minimum income bellow which the reservation is provided (irrespective of caste and religion), a Minimum Reservation Income (MRI). Thus if a person benefits from the reservation system ones and improves his annual income, which if crosses the MRI, his children won’t be allowed to benefit from the system like his father. If such a system is designed and is put into motion then a time will come when there is no need for the reservations to exist.


A more detailed view on this can be read on one of my other post : Inequality

16 comments:

  1. Ok, reservation was allowed for a racial reason. In all countries where people exploited others in the name of caste,race, etc,they were compensated in the post democratic era through various provisions. In India it was reservation. But the problem in India is that the exploitation continued in the name of what you can call racial/caste-politics which resulted in the vote bank politics.

    Introducing income-reservation, in my understanding, is not an answer to this, but abolish reservation as such and design an alternative plan to make the oppressed, competitive.

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  2. I accept your argument. the govt has to conduct inquiry or survey to decide again about the percentage of reservation.

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  3. Very well said Rahul and for even one moment I do not doubt the truth in the example you provided. I myself have seen many such people.If time permits do read the following post of mine on a similar note

    http://www.jaishwrites.blogspot.sg/2012/07/caste-differencesare-we-eliminating-or.html

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  4. Dear Rahul,
    I am utterly disagree with your post. reservation is neighther religious provision no financial for those financial backward.

    Reservation is a provision to bring those downtrodden people in mainstream. but how? and Who?
    as per the constitution "All those are not adequetly represented, socially, religiously and politically, are given reservation." that means reservation is rather the representation program for downtrodden people, not the poverty program.

    Reservation is not only cencern with backward caste but also concern with women too. because women had not been given chance to represet (Socially, religiouly and politically).

    one more thing. reservation is not on religion basis. its based on caste system. those castes been cheated for ages and not given representation are meant to enjoy the reservation.

    and women, who is alway been muted by male and kept away from representation is meant to enjoy the reservation.


    -MD

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    1. Dear MD,

      Thanks for your thought. As you have commented as anonymous I don’t think my reply will reach you, anyway since you questioned my post I am bound to answer. I don’t mind a bit u disagreeing with my final conclusion about MRI but I feel sad that you didn’t get the main message mentioned in it, which is the exploitation of the reservation system by many. Let me ask you something, If you are supporting cast based reservations then how can you support reservation for women because it is not mend for women from any particular cast or religion, it for women as a whole. In Your opinion you agree with giving reservation to women who were exploited my men but can’t with my thought were reservation should be given to those who were exploited by the rich. I believe in the view that there are only two castes that now exist in the world that is rich and poor and none other. Sixty five years have passed since our nations independence and we are still trying to force caste system on to our future generations but didn’t the intention of the reservation was to do contrary. That to make a nation free of the cast system and what has it done, creating hatred in the minds of youth and imprinting in their minds that they are what they are all because of their caste. I dream of a nation where there is no poverty and there is human equality, so I don’t mind you at all disagreeing with me Mr. MD but I do hope that you understand what my intensions are.

      regards
      Rahul

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    2. Dear Rahul,


      there is a saying of those who believe in democracy.
      "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to
      the death your right to say it"

      50 years of independence? heh, that's wrong measure dear! you'r comparing the tomato with potato? there can not be the comparison between these two. no connection.

      If I say, Since its been 50 years of freedom still our football team is not winning any medal in Olympic. don't you say its absurd? No connection.

      Independence is hell... that has not given anything except some idiot politicians(?).

      lets discuss football team & Olympic in different aspect.
      We have been plying in Olympic for last (almost)100 years. Except the era of Dhyanchand and Hocky there is no Gold medal (in your word despite of Independence)

      To be more precise, those indian players of independent India have been attending the Olympic every year, Government spent millions on them. still no medal, Why?
      -Because, those facilities have been provided to the players are not adequate to raise the standard to meet with those American or other.
      -Same here, those facilities have been provided to the SC/SC/OBC are not adequate to raise the standard to meet with those Caste Hindus.

      -MD

      http://mdrpune.blogspot.in/2012/09/reservation-is-not-garibi-hatav-program.html









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    3. Dear MD, Well Said.

      Dear Rahul,
      I am from SC community. I am a gold medalist in my degree. When I came first in my 1st semester, I clearly remember how my dept HOD(very famous college in Kongu region of Tamil Nadu) summoned to his room and kept asking so many questions about my nativity and caste and sub-caste.
      Now I earn more than a lac per month as salary(being in India itself), but when I got to my native, I am not allowed to enter the temple of our village nor the street of the upper caste people nor fetch water from the common well or tap. They earn only a couple of thousands, but still this untouchability still prevails. Now I live in a metro, and still I am unsure how I will be treated if my people near my home or in my workplace come to know about my caste.
      I would still claim reservation for my kids and for my future generation, even if I or they are going to earn crores & crores of rupees/month.
      I will stop claiming reservation for my kids or future generation on the day when they allow me to enter the village temple & allow me to drink or fetch water from the common tap. Once my father took me to a home(upper caste), where we both were made to stand outside the home and served tea in coconut shell. (Remember this happened at the same time when I taking my family for monthly restaurant trips with a bill of 3K).
      If govt stops reservation, soon they will supress us, by not giving jobs, not giving promotion, taking away the earning capacity from us, and we will be back on the road.
      I am sure no one will give me a home on rent even in the metro city I live, if I tell them my real caste. You can understand our real situation only if you are born as an SC. I make lakhs after lakhs, month after month... but still I have no true identity. When someone asks my caste or from which street I am from(in native), I have to tell a lie and live in a hidden identity. Thanks to GOI and our great leaders, without which who have placed me in a good situation, atleast financially.
      I work in a private firm. I rejected good Govt jobs, mainly because of my father who was in govt, and who got scolded by his boss, telling caste name, atleast once a day.
      God... never again create me in such a society...

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    4. I will request you to read the life story of Sree Narayana Guru, it may help you.

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    5. Dear Rahul,

      Sure. I will read about Sree Narayana Guru.

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  5. Dear Rahul,

    I have answered you on my blog.
    read here

    http://mdrpune.blogspot.in/2012/09/reservation-is-not-garibi-hatav-program.html

    -MD

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    1. Dear MD,

      I answered your blog post and comment on my latest post
      http://freedomofexpression-rahul.blogspot.com/2012/10/inequality.html

      thank you for visiting my site

      regards

      Rahul

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  6. The reservation issue is a very tricklish issue in our country.

    There is a powerful majority that favours reservations in higher education and government jobs and that is the reason why we have it extented beyond the initial time period envisaged.

    A powerful politician who belonged to the underprivileged class earlier and the privileged class later once commented something like this: 'Democracy means majority rule. In India, majority are illiterate. So it is quite natural that there are illiterate leaders and rulers in this country !'

    Both sides can argue for and against for years !

    But what is the ground reality ? In the guise of compensating those suffered generations of the past, we are sacrificing competency only to get such leaders at all levels who have to team up with lesser and lesser numbers of competent people. This would eventually make the country ruined eventually. Such great disasters would then make the people think vehemently against it. That is exactly what happens in history. Cyclic repetition of events ! But such cycles would have disastrous effects on all sections of the society !

    What we need are actions and decisions based on wisdom and not those based on shortsightedness or vested interests !

    Do not let the country be lead by blind men, even when the majority people are blind !

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    1. Dear Mr. Rajan,

      Read my latest post and you will understand more about my view
      http://freedomofexpression-rahul.blogspot.com/2012/10/inequality.html

      thank u for visiting my blog

      regards
      Rahul

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