Rant #8

The Open Manuscripts,

Year 2014, post the cut off(s) for colleges. The first thought that entered my mind- “Why do I not belong to any reservation quota?” I was denied admission in one of the best colleges of India, despite having scored a perfect centum in the desired subject. People who scored, even a notch less but belonged to some “backward class/caste” got the admission in front of my eyes. That was probably the first time I acknowledged and accepted the harsh reality of the reservation system.

Reservation system was included only as a clause in the Constitution of India, by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for the upliftment of the Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribes and the other lower castes or “Untouchables”. Initially this reservation system was introduced only for a span of 10 years, to be reviewed later and was believed to help the downtrodden to come into the mainstream population.

It is nothing but an irony that in a strong and young country like India, people are actually fighting to prove themselves backward and are begging for spoon-feeding of resources. Reservation system seems more like a revenge system which screams, unfortunately, the statement that “We have been deprived for centuries, now we need spoon-fed education and jobs and if possible promotion too”.

In a country like India, that claims to be secular and promotes equality, it is irrelevant to have a caste or religion based reservation. It is not necessary that a person who belongs to so called reserved caste or religion is always needy or lacks resources or funds. It could be that a person belonging to general quota, too, is in need of maybe financial aid.

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