Reservations – what is the need for it?

This is really a controversial topic and the discussions on this has been continuing for a long time. Right from the time it was introduced people have been debating about whether it is required, how it should be implemented, who should really benefit from it and so on. These were introduced years ago and its time for us to amend these archiac laws.

This issue was on the lime light a couple of years ago when the government introduced a 50 pc reservation in central universities. But after that the issue has been completely forgotten. It is in IITs, NITs and other Institutions of National Importance that the reservations have maximum impact. Here less seats and high number of students make the competition very tough. The government says the reservation is for the upliftment of backward communities. This argument can be accepted if the communities are really backward. Why would you want to give reservations to those who have the capacity to buy dell laptops, ipods, ipads and all the latest electronic gadgets and then go for parties with friends on weekends. Why do people who are rich and lead such lavish life styles need reservations? Its true the reservations were not made for then but unfortunately those are the people that enjoy the benefits of reservation. The marks needed by a general category student and that of SC/ST students varies like sky and earth.

The admission part does not reveal the entire story. The fees that is to be paid by general and reserved category students also vary significantly. A rich man of a backward community has to pay less fees but a poor man of a forward community is left to beg to pay his fees. The time when this reservation was introduced backward communities were indeed the poor people. So at that time all this made sense. But now when everything has changed so much, caste has not much of relevance as it used to be still the government does not want to bring any reforms to it. No wonder we are still in ice age.

Many of the students that commit suicides in IITs are from these reservation category who are not able to cope up with the pressure. There is infact no pressure at all. These students should understand that their abilities are very different from the other students and they should be thankful that at least they have got an opportunity to study there. An opportunity which many talented students have lost only due to caste and nothing else. If we look at the marks of students of these institutions you will find that most of the reserved category students will be at the bottom.

It is high time the government brought in some reforms or else the economic and development future of this country is at stake. Today the reservation would have made more sense if it was on monetary basis rather than caste based. A general category candidate with high marks will do more justice in a high post than a reserved category student with very low marks. If you can have reservations in IITs then why don’t you have reservations in Indian cricket team or in Bollywood. I am just hoping that the government wakes up for the future of this country.


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