Monday, April 12, 2010

Unasked Reservations

         Reservations in India has been existent for more than half a century now. It was then, the need of the hour, to close the gap on discrimination. Throughout the tenure of existence it has for sure made a lot of impact on the lives of almost every Indian, be it good or bad. Some of its notable impacts are as follows...
  • It has given way for the people from the backward classes (which was also the economically backward class, when this was introduced) an equal chance to be able to pursue education at esteemed institutions as well as be able to get reserved opportunities to have a shot at the employment prospects at all Government  and PSU establishments.
  • It has been a very effective political tool to win elections since then, till date.
  • It has failed to completely bridge the discrimination on the people's mind but has been aiding communal clashes both big and petty.
  • It has made any government employee reap benefits (everything or nothing) resulting in a divided mindset on this concept.
  • This has paved way for a few truly potential individuals and many incompetent individuals to rise to higher levels in the organizational ladder.
  • With bribery and falsehood at ease, another very important impact is that countless people have doctored their caste identity to fall under one of the backward castes to harness its benefits.
          It's certain that a politician will neither raise a voice to, if not abolish but even alter the reservation rules based on the present needs nor will he allow any other person who may try to do that, be heard. Also they (The Politicians) have already started looking at roping in other MNC based employment sectors to abide by these reservation rules as well, to boost up their political presence 

                 Since the idea of reservation was started for the equality of opportunities in education and employment. There has been a few other sectors which hasn't been incorporated into this system for a long time and I would like to throw some light in that direction.

In Politics

  • Why not the 825 (280 in RS & 545 in LS) seats in the parliament be apportioned and alloted based on the reservation quota rules?
  • Why not every state election strictly abide by the reservation rules. E.g in Tamil Nadu the 234 legislative seats must constitute the combination of all castes summing upto the total count of 234?
  • Another option for the previous one, every political party should choose their candidates with the mix of people, applying the reservation quota rules.
  • The elections at reserved constituencies must be contested by the those of that caste only.
  • During the vote counting in a constituency where the a BC candidate of a party and SC candidate of another party are contesting, the SC candidate should be given more preference even if lesser number of people have voted for him.
In Sports
  • The playing team in every sport should be according to reservation quota policies for whichever level of participation, be it school, college, state or even representing India.
  • If it's an individual sport, matches should take place between players of different castes, wherein the winner will represent the State or Nation in that sport. However the winning rules are different for different castes. For eg in a five game encounter, the upper caste has to win all 5 to move on further however the SC/ST are through to the next round even if they win just one game.
  • In the IPL, every team MUST consist of at-least one of OC/BC/MBC/OBC/SC/ST. Also the at least TWO foreign players MUST have valid caste certificate belonging to any one these.
In Entertainment
  • How about the lead role casts be chosen on caste based reservations? Why do they need to pick the cast and crew based on their skill, beauty or talent?
  • The screening or the auditioning process MUST have the caste based preferences as the   entry criterion.
  • Why to spare the beauty pageant shows from these rules?
  • The reality / talent shows should not eliminate people even if they are voted out, if that person belongs to any of MBC/SC/ST.
            Whatever that is age old, needs restoration and renovation and the Reservation policies are no exemptions. It's high time that either the bureaucrats and the politicians woke up and wear their thinking hats for the true progress of the nation or make the nation uniformly go down the drain on all fronts (like the few which has been suggested above) so that there is no discrimination (which is the core mantra of the reservation policies).


  1. sooper da... the best part s d politics one.. reservations in politics..!! cool politicsliye politics ah..!!! i wud rate dis as d best blog f all tat u've penned so far..!!

  2. wow..... never knew u had so much to say and the politics one was great .....i wish u send our beloved political geniuses this link ..... u r sure to create a revolution ......

  3. Hmmm... I can see your anger behind this sarcastic blog! But this system is here to stay for a real looong time bro! You or me can't stop it! Just hope your next birth happens to 'backward' class parents.:)

    And in any case bro, our children needn't have to bear the brunt too if the proposed setting up of campuses of Foreign universities turn real. Remember they don't follow any reservation system. Happy? :)

  4. In national anthem all are saying that all are equal and united.. but y we are not able to make al indians in a single community... we cant get answer for this queries machi...Really it a sooperb post and i like the cartoon very explains a lot ;)

  5. Funny and very thoughtful.
    I argree with your points. Until we have vote bank politics its always difficult to bring changes. Reservations are mostly used by people who are already well to do. Its high time caste based reservations should be stopped.

  6. Blast! The whole post is like an echo of my thoughts..word-by-word! Hey..politicians wearing thinking caps?!!!!..c'mon..Our politicians dont think...they only kno how to flex their political muscles!

    God..even now when i think of my +2 gives me creeps! I had to slave more than the most to get 99.99 in the finals..jus cz i belong to the forward caste! Even then..the so called backward ppl who gt good scores compete with us in the open category also!

    well...when idiots and 'yesman' and rowdyism rule the country..

  7. the only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. although we all know about this what do we do as a corrective action?.

    i question not u alone but myself as to how i can make the positive change

  8. hey..the first statement that strikes me as soon as I read this article is that......
    "Nan petha mavane.. excuse me!!!" !!!!!
    fine....the way you have coined those words are simply superb da!!
    a neat...expressive....hard statements....probably I would rate this as a
    "10 Pointer" of the best so far...

    when reading those lines in "In sports" a weird idea u were mentioning about IPL...thought that...if the Team's captain is a politician son and he give overs to bowlers based on their caste!!!! ha...ha...cant imagine those

    hmmm...have a suggestion here....i feel that these kind of articles should be pasted on Newspapers or magazines...which will definitely reach people who don't use their internet!!!...just think of it..

    anyways....SUPERB machan!!! Great going!!!

  9. Appreciate ur freedom 2 expression..but wen the younger gen doesn't rebel against old practices & stigmas, nothin gonna change.. Shamelesly(&proudly) Indians youngsters still write their Caste and prefer being called by surnames!!! remember "u can't teach Old Dogs, new tricks" so its time u guys "Do the New!" an Old man with a Stick once said "Be the Change YOU want to see" Enjoy Life :-) Sridhar

  10. This was a fwd i got few months back.. Guess you and the protagonist think alike. :P

    Wipro chairman Mr. Azim Premji's comment on reservation:

    I think we should have job reservations in all the fields. I completely support the PM and all the politicians for promoting this. Let's start the reservation with our cricket team. We should have 10 percent reservation for Muslims. 30 percent for OBC, SC/ST like that. Cricket rules should be modified accordingly.

    The boundary circle should be reduced for an SC/ST player. The four hit by an OBC player should be considered as a six and a six hit by an OBC player should be counted as 8 runs. An OBC player scoring 60 runs should be declared as a century.

    We should influence ICC and make rules so that the pace bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar should not bowl fast balls to our OBC player.

    Bowlers should bowl maximum speed of 80 km/ hour to an OBC player.

    Any delivery above this speed should be made illegal.

    Also we should have reservation in Olympics. In the 100 meters race, an OBC player should be given a gold medal if he runs 80 meters.

    There can be reservation in Government jobs also. Let's recruit SC/ST and OBC pilots for aircrafts which are carrying the ministers and politicians (that can really help the country...)

    Ensure that only SC/ST and OBC doctors do the operations for the ministers and other politicians. (Another way of saving the country...)

    Let's be creative and think of ways and means to guide INDIA forward...
    Let's show the world that INDIA is a GREAT country.
    Let's be proud of being an INDIAN...

    May the good breed of politicians like ARJUN SINGH long live...

    "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

  11. Everything that goes around, comes around! The solution to all this is not very far away!

  12. correct!! ppl who got lesser marks than me are studying in better colleges!!
    even the rich ppl capable of paying lakhs in donations are getting benefited based on reservations!!

  13. I can see the frustration in the post. But even if we take the creamy layer into account, how many SC/ST/OBC are above it? We still have people who work in mines and quarries and their kids are studying. They may not even know what the university they want to get into after they complete their boards. In that case isn't reservation and a good system will ensure that their hard work is rewarded. And to think of people working in such menial labour we need not go very long before, but only one century on how people were oppressed. There was a domination and right to education for more than 5 centuries. 7 decades of reservation and benefits won't correct things.

    Also, there are also people who are well off sending their wards to foreign universities as soon as they complete their boards. And its not restricted to them as well.

    And also, the whole idea of reservation is tarnished by the so called upper caste who didnt let their superiority down and even in blogosphere or social media we can see that they systematically discriminate people who do not have the "acceptable" sur names. If these things are not going to change, what is the use of scrapping the reservation. Even a deserving SC/ST/OBC candidate wins a seat in IIT and IIM they are ridiculed to maximum by their classmates. The confessions in IIT confessions may give you an idea about this. Said that, I dont belong to the caste mentioned above and till I wrote my SSLC board exams my caste never came up in any discussions. One of the advantages of FC I think

    In 2011, out of 11 IPS officers selected from a region, 1 officer was first to attend the college in his whole family. And of course if such people are coming to see the light of the day and will be able to help the other kids in their family, I encourage reservation. Its just my thoughts.

  14. I detest Right to education for various reasons in first place, hence all I have to say is I appreciate your time as well as you saying your viewpoint!


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