How my views on reservation changed (a little)…

I once wrote a post that was totally against caste based reservation, My Views Against caste based Reservation out of frustration, out of the anger I had in me to be a victim, after watching people lose their right to better education just because they were born in so called ‘higher classes’. I felt it was against the principle of equality, if all people are equal, why we have special laws for some castes?? I felt it was unconstitutional.


Interning at a human rights foundation and observations in my life’s last some months have helped me change my outlook towards reservation. They have brought a change in my thinking, from a rebel I have turned moderate. From being completely against it, I have come to realize the reasons behind it and it’s impact, positive and negative.

I have a friend in college, who comes from a completely tribal area, we have a good rapport and his description of his village and culture tell me how under normal circumstances he couldn’t have dreamt about studying at a premier law school. Reservation has opened a door of opportunities for true tribal and backward students who could never afford good education. They are equally capable, have better understanding of human values and know what is hardship. Hail reservation.

I have seen and heard of people in my and other educational institutes, and mind it they are lot of them. They are affluent, live in urban set-ups, speak English (which apparently seems to be the sign of being ‘high class’), went to private schools and then they are clubbed into categories called backwards, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, just because their caste is backwards, just because they have THE certificate (of caste). Fail reservation

Third kind of people, they are affluent, pampered, not so intelligent, aren’t capable of getting admitted to a premier institutions and they are from so called ‘higher caste’. But they have to…. because rich parents can’t believe their pampered kid with poor percentage is not capable of getting admitted. So, these parents show money power, they buy fake caste certificates for their kids (you can see these rich parents complaining about corruption then and now, funny), they get admission, they enjoy their time at college and jobs while the needy backward, or poor general guys cry foul, but money silences everything… Again fail reservation

The fourth one, he or she is a poor child, born in a family that can barely make the ends meet, but parents love their kids, they work hard, they work over-time, they sacrifice every single luxury just to make sure they don’t have to compromise with their kid’s education. The child doesn’t disappoint, he works hard, he scores good marks, more than all other categories mentioned above. Marks, grades, knowledge, hard-work. We don’t give a f**k about them, we are India, trying to make everyone equal. This poor guy remains poor, he was born in a ‘higher’ caste, he lost the right to better education as soon as he was born in a higher caste and a poor family. Fail reservation

I wanted to write more I wanted to write better, to show the positive impact of reservation, but I guess that was limited to the first category, and that’s genuinely good too, while listing other four categories I again felt the pain, my fingers stopped rolling over the keyboard, my mind getting into ‘rebel’ mode again…I can now justify women and caste centric laws in our system with an article in constitution, so I accept that reservation is not at all anti-constitutional. The change that I have had tells me, you are not always right, proves that knowledge can change even your very strong views and make you see the good in the bad. But still, reservation is doing more harm then good, we need to think about the economic aspects too while giving reservations.


14 thoughts on “How my views on reservation changed (a little)…

  1. cutie

    Reservation jb tak duniya hai tb tak rehni chahiye…bcoz still people believe in castesim.still have high or low caste bases discrimination..acha bhala india angrezo se azaadh hua tha tum ghatiyan logo ne society ko ek caste line mein devide krte sbhi ko hindu maan kr chalte toh aaj yeh reservation jaisi koi problems hi na hoti..bada shonk chada tha na khudh high rank mein rakhne ka dusro ko low mein rakhna bina unki marzi jane bcoz us time unki conditions poor thi tumhare paas paisa tha toh tumne khudko high rank mein rakh liya bt kaam tumhare low standard se bhi ghatiyan hai..jitne bhi crime hote hai woh brahmin kshatriya jaise logo ka haath hota hai unka..ab bhagwadh gita ka example le lo jo brahmin kul mein janma means ravan aaj ke samaye mein woh raksh hi samjha jata hai or valmiki jo shudra the apni knowledge ke bal pr usne sabe uscha staan prapt kiya hai..kya hoti hai high or low caste or kya hai yeh brahmin kshtriya or vaishya or shudra..khudh hi sb create krke khudh hi sbko prblems mein daal diya..kya god ne yeh ghatiyan kaam kiya i m sure god apne logo ko kbi high or low mein nhi rakhega…us time kuch logo mein knowledge kya thi uska itna galat fayda utha liya u should be ashamed of yourself..we all are one is brahmin, no one is kshtriya, no one is vaishya n no one is shudra understood..india mein jo rehta hai woh sbhi hindu hai sb pehle insaan ke roop mein aate hai..baadh mein tum hindu,muslim, sikh or christian ho..yeh char religion kafi nhi the..discrimination krne ke liye jo char or le ke aa gaye ho..first say no caste n no community we all are hindu..prove kro isko khatam kro isko sbko ek nazar se dekho..inter caste marriage krke iss ghatiyan thinking ko khatam kro..we all are human being then anything india mein hai woh indian hai okh..n let me tell u one think…kuch lower caste issi baato se dukhi ho ke abroad chale gaye or kuch religion hi change kr chuke hai..sabse kam population toh pure world mein hindu logo ki i happy hindu sbhi khatam hi ho jaye acha hai atleast yeh ghatiyan castesim high or low ka system toh khatam hoga aise toh katar hindu kbi nhi sunenge kbi na manenge..kitni zindgiyan kharab kr chuke ho iss castesim ki wajah se hua hai…schi mein narak mein jaye sbhi hindu dil se badhdua deti hun..pure world mein muslim budhist or christian ki populations badti rahe..bcoz tum nhi samjhoge or na shudharne wale ho..

  2. cutie

    kya muje tum log ek baat ka jawab de sakte ho ki abroad mein kyun marks or grade matter nhi rakhta hai sirf knowledge matter rakhti hai or work aap apni capability ke according hi krte not in india but in abroad..wahan jobs koi A,B,C grade pr nhi di jati hai jaisi interview hoti uske according di jati hai..or ek baat abroad mein bhi severage ka kaam hota hai roads pr se garbage uthane ka kaam hota hai wahan kyun nhi log discrimination jaisa kuch krte hai ki jo yeh kaam krta hai woh low hai jo church mein priest hai woh high hai..wahan char community kyun nhi hai bcoz unke paas aisa cheap sochne ka waqt nhi hai but india ke paas full on time hai iske i right?…soch ko badal doge toh sb acha hi hoga…society ko ek caste line mein devide krne wale bhi hum hi log hai sb ko hindu maan kr chale toh kya kbi reservation jaisa kuch system 21st century going on but ab bhi soh baar sochte ho inter caste marriage ke liye..hum kyun nhi samjhna chahte hai hum chote nhi ho jayenge agr hum caste se bahar nikal kr humanity ko dekhenge usko important true indian..

  3. cutie

    I dont know how to make understand indian people..sirf ek baat ka jawab do muje abroad mein koi high or low caste india mein hai..kisne create ki apne aap se pucho..abroad mein jobs category ke bases pr nhi milti hai or na percentage ke bases pr or na hi addmission percentages pr hoti hai..sbko right hai educate hone ka..aisa india mein kyun nhi hai..there are lots of schools n colleges why not in india..apni soch badlo ek baar sbko ek hi nazar se dekho jaise abroad mein hai high or low hum apne behaivour n character se bante hai caste se nhi..sbko educate hone ka chance do sbko jobs do..bahut si jobs hum create kr sakte hai yeh govt ko krna chahiye agr woh corrupt na ho..kyun yeh condition rakhte ho ki jobs 50% or 60% ko milegi…zaruri nhi hai jiske marks kam hai uske paas knowledge kam hai ya woh ache se work nhi kr sakta hai or jiske marks high hai woh intelligent hai…yeh thinking hi galat hai jo koi bhi ho kbi kbi aisi situation paida hoti hai ki hum marks nhi le pate hai jyda bcoz kbi bimar ho jana financial problems hoti stress koi bhi reason ho sakte hai…or ek baat jitni jobs ki zarurat 70% wale ko hoti hai unti hi zarurat 50% wale ko bhi hoti hai.poor log bhi kbi 50% le lete hai toh kbi 70%..poor koi bhi ho sakta hai general bhi sc bhi but jayda poor tum log jante ho kon hai. general or sc ka jo jaal buna hai usko khatam kro sbhi hindu hai kuch intelligent hai kuch slow learner hai but we cant say they are not intelligent..time sb sikha deta hai..kuch log kehte hai jobs jo poor hai unko milni chahiye i agree with u…but yeh batao jo log sc certificate fake bana ke jobs le ke baithe hai jo real mein brahmin hai..jin logo ne hi yeh khel racha hai high or low ka…unke liye kitna mushkil hoga ek poor ka fake certificate bana lena or jobs le lena.. apke bhale ke liye keh rahi indian people chodo iss castesim ko..kuch nhi rakha hai sivaye stress ke or apna dimaag kharab krne ke..yeh socho aisa kya kre ki jayda se jayda jobs create kr sake govt ki…ek example deti hun..aap sbne satyamev jayate2 ka episodes dekha hoga police wala..24hour police wale jobs krte hai family ko time nhi de pate hai..ab agr hum jis chownki pr 10 logo ko police ki jobs pr 24 hour rakh rahe hai wohi hum agr 20 rakh de or shift 12 hour kr de isse sbko govt jobs bhi mil jayegi or police wale bhi apni family ko time de sakegi..plz solution hamare paas hi hai…bas soch badlne ki zarurat hai..

  4. cutie

    Hindu (body) four community: brahmin (head) kshatriya (arm) vaishya (belly) shudra (feet) All these four community called as hindu. We all are parts of one body. Without each part our body is not complete. If we lost one part of our body then we become handicap. The human body is the entire structure of a human being. Human Body is considered so loving that God even wants to have it. Spiritual Yogis have found that after going through the 84 millions species this souls get the most dignified human body. So it is the last step to explore the God or to get the view of almighty father god. We know that the soul never dies it takes birth again and again just like as we take new clothes to wear the soul as it takes new body and it is an infinite process. But the body what we get in next birth depend on our karma that has been cited in Gita by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. We all here to perform our duties. Our action makes our destiny and nothing else. The result is in the hand of supreme power. Karma is the seed of plant and if the seed is genuine it must be fruitful.

  5. cutie

    Many a time, man has taken birth in high caste and low caste; but this does not make him great or low Having been born in high caste man thinks himself to be great and being born in low caste thinks himself to be low and pitiable; both of these states of mind are wrong because many times man has been born in high and low castes. Hence, one should not be proud of having been born in high caste and not feel low if born in low caste family.
    Greatness has nothing to do with high caste. Man becomes great because of his noble work, exemplary character and becomes loathsome because of his immorality and evil conduct. Thus, it is his conduct only that decides his greatness or lowliness. Who does not know that high family born Ravana, Kansa, Duryodhana and others are censurable; whereas Metarya muni, Harikeshi muni and others, though born in low family, are venerable.
    Then, what is the importance of high or low caste?

  6. cutie

    We always talk about religion and castesim but in reality there is no any caste and religion. We all are same our blood are same.then why we believe in discrimination. God never created any caste they made simple human being.. Mentally sick people take the path of fundamentalism and spread casteism and communism. They suffer from inferiority complex and divide the society into “we” and “they”. They (belonging either to higher or lower ranked caste) have a fear in their heart that if they do not get a higher place for themselves in society, “other” people are going to exploit them and going to put them down.They don’t have believe on themselves and their own work. They have doubt own their capability. People with negative mindset suffer from inferiority complex and divide society into compartments like higher castes or lower castes.and can’t tolerate “others” progress or well-being. They cannot work hard and cannot tolerate anybody else’s achievements. These are the people with negative mindset who believe in ranking some belonging to higher castes and/or some to lower castes. They are coward and they are unable to protect themselves…

  7. cutie

    Some stupid people living in India that’s why this country cant be develop anymore as the other countries are well developed. Bcoz indian people live in caste-ism and egoist by nature especially who belong to upper class which is created by themselves not created by God.God only created human being..He didnt put any human in high and low category..This cheap things only created by some mad people itself who live in India..and they be proud by called themselves hindu..I am also hindu but I feel bad when every person who proudly said they are hindu but their thinking is so narrow its depend on human what they want to become Devil or Angel..Nobody is lower and higher by caste or religion..they become high and low by their behavior..Reservation should be stop itself when you all leave this stupid casteism..Say no caste and no community..All are hindu who live in hindustaan understood..

  8. cutie

    All human-beings are equal in the eyes of God.The human-beings have only created the caste system.There are good and bad people in both high caste as well as low caste.Ultimately,what matters to God is, whether one is a good person or striving to become one, or not.

  9. cutie

    One who thinks himself to be of a high caste is actually low. While one who thinks himself/herself to be of low caste is said to be high caste.As per the scriptures, people are known by their nature and the quality of work they perform..

  10. cutie

    Whenever someone’s ask you about your caste then your answer should be to them is:
    I am a Brahmin in knowledge,I am kshatriya in valor,I am vaishya in business,I m shudra in service. In the end I am just sanatam dharmi hindu and nothing else..Then say you proud to be a hindu..

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