I am against any reservations fro them for admissions in educational institutions or jobs. However, special facilities and help should be given to poor children of all castes. For instance, the child of poor parents may not have the money to buy school textbooks. He should, therefore, be provided the text books free of charge by the state. This, however, is different from providing reservations on caste basis, which I strongly oppose, for the following reasons:
- Reservation can only benefit less than 1% SCs, while creating an illusion that all are benefited. SCs in India are about 22 crores, but reserved jobs for them would be only a few lakhs. So very few will get the benefit of reservations, and even these will be mostly from the ‘creamy layer’.
2. Reservations are doing great harm to the SCs for two reasons:
(a) They act as psychological crutches to the SCs, thus Weakening them. In other words, an impression is created among SC youth that they need not study and work hard because even without doing so they will get admission or a job.
SCs must throw aside the crutches of reservation and say that they will work hard and show by competing with upper castes on merits that they are not intellectually inferior to upper castes.
(b) Reservations are serving the policy of divide and rule of the political rulers, as they create animosity between SCs/OBCs and upper castes. An upper caste youth who got 90 per cent in his exams may be denied admission/job, while an SC/OBC who got 40 per cent may get it, by virtue of reservation. This naturally causes anguish in the former. India’s massive problems can only be overcome by a mighty united people’s struggle which will totally transform the country and bring it into the ranks of the developed countries, but for that unity among the people is absolutely necessary, but reservations divide us.
SCs must realise that they cannot succeed in their struggle for social amelioration if they are isolated. The Must Join Hand with the Enlightened section of the upper castes, and fight along with them. But this will be difficult as long as reservations continue.
3. Our politicians use reservations for their vote bank politics. So the real purpose of reservations is not to benefit the SCs/OBCs but to benefit the politicians.
4. Caste reservations have further perpetuated the caste system, instead of helping in destroying it. Caste is a feudal institution, which has to be destroyed if India it to progress, but reservation further entrenches it
The time has come when SCs/OBCs must see through this political fraud and charade, and demand end of all caste-based reservations.