My love-hate affair with this issue has been tumultuous. I started off on a vehement ‘anti-reservation’ stand as a young boy and fought many debates with my Dad. I left
This is my attempt to unravel my own understanding of the issue of reservations.
Why did our forefathers moot the idea of implementing reservations in Indian education system?
The idea of reservations was mooted to rectify the Indian social system which was far more debilitating than the Indian economic system. For centuries, spanning nearly two thousand years, a large section of
Our forefathers came up with the idea of reservations in education system and employment to bridge this huge gap between different sections in
A poor high caste person could escape poverty within a generation or two through education or employment, but a Dalit, however willing or determined he was, he couldn’t get admission to a school and hence could not get the means to ove
Did reservations help anyone?
Yes. The statistics prove again and again that more and more SC/ST/OBC are entering the mainstream of
Look at the southern states of
We have been able to have a Dalit for a Vice-President of India. Chief Ministers, Governors, IAS officers, administrators, and bureaucrats. Many officers are hailing from lower castes of