There are some topics that people avoid speaking upon. Because we all know that when you speak about it you will always end up eating your words. And reservation is clearly one of those topics.
Reservation was introduced to uplift the people from backward classes, to bring them to the mainstream. And I agree that such reservation at that time was necessary to remove age-old discrimination against the lower caste. This has also helped the people from all sections of the society to be represented in government and educational institutions. But many things have changed since independence and now there are people in the reserved category who don’t need the reservation anymore and also there are people in the general category who deserve to be reserved.
Personally, I believe that
Caste-based reservation in today’s society is a violation of the right to equality. (Opinion) Am I wrong?
Reservation actually adds up negative thinking towards reserved ones in general categories’ minds and all caste, creed, and discrimination takes birth from this reservation only.
So, extending the concept of reservation up to this era is totally unacceptable.
Sadly, it is very very very difficult to abolish the reservation because the reservation is provided in the Constitution of India. If you wish to abolish reservation, you have to amend Constitution. This is not possible with the present government to do so since the Constitutional amendment requires the two-thirds majority in both Houses of Parliaments. BJP does not have even a simple majority in Rajya Sabha and hence there is no question of any Constitutional amendment as all opposition parties are likely to vote against the abolition of reservation.
The second and most important point is that it would be suicidal for the BJP or any other political party to be in favor of abolishing the reservation of SC/ST and OBC whose population is around 75% in India. The upper caste whose population is hardly 10% can’t help any party to win an election even if every single person from that caste vote for them. It’s really a sad reality and an embarrassing fact that the majority of people vote considering only two things: Money & Caste.
Hence, there is no possibility of Shri Narendra Modi or any other political leader ever abolishing reservation.
As a matter of fact, PM has already ensured the people of India that the reservation shall not be abolished.
In one speech in March 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the reservation policy for Dalits and tribals will not be diluted even if Ambedkar himself were to come back to life and demand its revocation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the reservation policy for Dalits and tribals will not be diluted even if Ambedkar himself were to come back to life and demand its revocation.Tweet
But being optimistic ( or say hopelessly optimistic ) I believe that if people start to raise their voice against the caste-based reservation, one day soon politicians will think beyond the politics of vote banks.
Well, I’m not completely against the concept of “reservation”, as there are still many people whom we can call “underprivileged”.
Class is an issue, Caste isn’t.Tweet
As I have already said before, there are people in the reserved category who don’t need the reservation anymore and also there are people in the general category who deserve to be reserved.
Income-based reservation can eliminate this issue in the current reservation system. But this might be a tedious task, as people actually may not provide the correct data. So, before implementing this, the government must develop a correct system and this will also result in increased Income Tax returns.
I can go on writing pages and pages on this topic. But I don’t want to make this a ‘lengthyyyy’ one. So, I’ll stop here.
But there’s one last thing I want to tell/request you all is that I am against the caste-based reservation but I’m also strongly against the bullying, shaming, abusing of SC/ST/OBCs about this issue in the virtual and real world. Please stop sending, spreading memes and cartoons that depict the reserved category in the bad light.