Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reservation: History, Implementation and Suggestions

I start by writing a beautiful quote by Swami Vivekananda ji,
"We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act. " 
The problem called as the reservation with which we are dealing with today is a gift of the Mandal Commission established in 1979 by the Janata Party Government under the Prime Ministership of Morarji Desai.
The Commission recommended reservation for lower caste students in higher education.
When the time came to implement the recommendations, the Prime Minister was V.P. Singh, which led to mass revolution amongst the student community in the entire nation, but to no avail. Many students did certain acts of protest which the Govt didn't even pay heed to, Rajiv Goswami self immolated himself in 1990 to the protest against reservation, he was a student of Delhi University and died in 2004.
Not even 4 years had passed by, in 2008 the reservation's ghost came to
haunt us again, in the form of OBC quotas this time but excluding the
so-called 'creamy layer'. This time again, the student community again
showed great unity, with medicos leading the charge.
Imagine the future of a country with medical, engineering and other seats being reserved and merit given a complete snub. 
What will be the quality of doctors and engineers ?

The politics over reservation is a game changing matter, each and every
party tackles it with respect. Recently the Andhra Pradesh Government
announced a 4% reservation for Muslims which was stayed by the AP
High Court on 8th Feb 2010. The Govt challenged the stay in Supreme
Court and on 25th March 2010, the SC decided in favour of the State Govt.
But the final hearing is yet to come up in August this year on the issue.

It is a matter of pity and grave concern that the reservations based on religion have now been started, this will cause huge problems for the country in the future, it is politics for the politicians, but the ultimate sufferer, as always, is the common man.

The chain of quota is never ending, it has to be restricted at some point.
Even if the govt is uplifting the people from other castes, it has to be done
in a practical manner. I shall explain by taking an example :
Suppose a person belonging to the SC/ST/OBC community through quota has scaled great heights, now he is uplifted, but the irony is that his family can avail the benefits for generations to come, so no need to study. While there are also students who are not getting admissions in the best institutions even after putting in a lot of hardwork and scoring exceptionally well.

Its high time now for the Govt to introspect and re-draft the reservation policy, in my opinion it should be restricted to a certain no. of persons for a family.                                         

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