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.