- Mar 10, 2009
Quite on the contrary, casteism was entrenched in the minds centuries before this 'quota system' was introduced. Blaming the 'quota system' for whatever mindset one might claim to have is simply dodging the core issue and beating around the bush. Reservation is a solution, not a problem. Of course, it has to go, but only when the mindset changes, and it will change only when, thanks to reservation, the backward classes become economically and socially empowered.I agree - it IS in the mindset. Unfortunately- the longer the quota system stays - the more entrenched it becomes!! And I worry that the new "CASTE INCLUSION" as part of this census is anything but a ploy to get SCIENTIFIC numbers of SC/ST/OBC's in order to surpass the 50% quota limit!!
What does 70% reservation mean? There is reservation for everybody. Everything is reservation, hence if alpha is the share of one group, (1-alpha) is the share of the other group. This means there is reservation for everybody depending upon their population. Hence, even you and I have reservation, and we belong to the quota of that .505 that I had earlier mentioned.Its already shameful that Tamil Nadu has almost 70% reservations - to MAKE it official would be to take and axe and lop off BOTH our feet - to shoot our foot would be an understatement!!
Isn't there another state with > 50% quota btw?
You are upset, not because of reservation, but because the quota available to you earlier was (1 - .225) = .775, and now after introduction of reservation for OBCs, has shrunk to .505. Why are you upset anyways? Surely, there wasn't adequate representation of OBCs in the .775 quota and most of the posts were occupied by the so called 'upper castes' on the unsupported claims of intellectual superiority. Now that there is a clear cut demarcation, the OBCs will get their share out of the .775 and the GCs will get their share as well.
Especially when most of the teachers and professors in colleges are from the 'upper castes' (it is slowly changing), how can one guarantee that they will be fair and not prejudiced when grading entrance tests that are required for admitting students in these colleges? There is enough evidence how people who are non-'upper caste' have been discriminated against, despite being intelligent and merited. Two examples are Dr. Ambedkar and Dr. Abdul Kalam (Read Wings of Fire).
I like this demarcation based on demographics. As in Poet Robert Frost's Mending Wall, 'Good fences make good neighbours!'