Aarakshan – Reservation or Legal Discrimination
Government’s Reservation Policy is that Other Backward Class are entitled to 27% reservations in public sector employment and higher education. But it’s all politics for politicians, within government. According to TOI, ever since this policy came, only 7% seats are filled by OBC Candidates. However, still 27% of quota is always full. What does this tell? Seats are “Sold” to those who pay for it most.
For Government, this is the most important thing. Why? Because they seek to keep 27% of votes in their pocket and for those who divide these seats, one of the most profitable business in India. Who are the looser here? The very same People for whom this policy was made and those who are affected due to this policy.
Fundamental right recognized by the constitution is Right to equality, including equality before law, prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and equality of opportunity in matters of employment, abolition of untouchability and abolition of titles.
So, here is the conflict of language used or meant to be taken for. If Every Citizen has equal right, than why classify any group as a “Backward Class”? All must be treated equally, and equal chance should be given based on hard work and ability of person regardless of which group person belongs to. If government wants to do something good, than they can offer free higher education or even cover 75% of fees of student even if he plans to attend private institutes for higher education.
But, for their vote bank politics, legal discrimination is what politicians always force for. While, we must move forward and think of all as same, it’s just own corrupt government who is using classifying of groups for their purpose and those groups also doesn’t get much benefit as their seats are sold for cash. It’s not Reservation Policy but it should be called Legal Discrimination Policy.
Above Article was by Vinod Naneria, in which he has made similar points in excellent detail. We are more welcoming when someone works hard and earns their status in society, but not at the cost of shrinking equal rights of others and allowing government to divide and rule for their political party.
It’s sad to see how politicians or leaders take benefit of lack of knowledge of certain groups and use it for own purpose. Honest way to solve this is education and equal treatment with financial help which people actually receive without any corruption involved. And we the people should our self must not treat anyone any different from we would expect us to be treated.