India, the largest democracy in the world recently announced the 27% increase in reservation for backward castes!
The reservation/quota culture has crippled India in several ways. Students with merits are migrating to other countries as they don’t get their due credit. Doctors, lawyers and other high-skilled professionals from general category likewise take their skills elsewhere, for similar reasons. This is what’s known as a “brain drain.”
In this nation, where the cabinet gets selected based on their caste, 70% of the cabinet is selected from backward castes. It’s done to appease them for votes, but the quiet part no one says out loud is that these representatives are not qualified for the job.
The candidates have received reservations for ages. The reservations bill was proposed to liberate the backward castes, but it has becomes clearer every day that they’re all getting admissions and jobs served on a silver platter, which they don’t even deserve. Most of these reservation holders come from employed, financially stable, well-established backgrounds and don’t ever have to worry about scouting for work; a job is waiting for them.
The sad part this exists in fields like medicine, where reservations can cost a human life because if the doctor is not qualified, they could end up killing someone. But I guess, that’s not how Indian goverment thinks. Indian private sectors are yet to caught by this disease.
What about people from upper castes who are financially weak, who have suffered from unemployment for whole generations? Need they flee, and take their loved ones, to seek work in other countries? Why can they not get a fair shake at home? Reservations make the least qualified climb the ladder easily, and the person best suited find the ladder handles covered with sharp tacks. They either take a job far under their qualification or pay grade, or sit jobless at home.
In 1990 an extensive, aggressive protest took place against the Mandal commission.
A student named Rajiv Goswami immolated himself, but that clearly wasn’t enough for the government to think about the other half of society. Three years later, he succumbed to his injuries.
The least that can be done about this situation is the ones who have already benefitted from the quota shouldn’t be given the benefit over and over again. Their children and coming generations shouldn’t be free loaders; they should work hard, and earn their merits, like the rest of us.
I come from a state where the so called backward castes are well-off and still taking advantages, while doing absolutely nothing. Meanwhile, the hardworking youth struggle to get work. They truly embody the word “hustle,” because that’s what they need to do just for a chance at good work. I believe reservation is not a feature, it’s an active bug. It’s a weapon driving society apart.
I believe reservation is not a feature, it’s an active bug. It’s a weapon driving society apart. Give work to the DESERVED, not the RESERVED!