The primary objective of the present-day Indian reservation system is to enhance the social and educational status of underprivileged communities and thus improve their lives.
Correct! Reservation is reserving or retaining something, in this case a seat or a position in higher education institutions, jobs, government posts, etc., for the disadvantaged and deprived. Correct! This reservation takes place on the basis of caste hierarchies in India. INCORRECT! These weaker sections of the society, underprivileged communities, disadvantaged and deprived people are those who belong to either Scheduled Castes (SCs), or Scheduled Tribes (STs), or Other Backward Classes (OBCs). INCORRECT!
In which world is it justified deciding whether a person is at a disadvantage based on his/her caste? How can caste possibly be the best criterion to make reservation policy decisions in a country where caste is seen as Vote Banks! I’m sure you must have heard – India is a country where you don’t cast a vote, but vote your caste!
One job opening. Two candidates – an SC, and a General. Both are equally qualified. SC gets the job. Why? Because quota. Because reservation. No wonder why people are fighting to be backward! All said and done – YES, Reservation is justified. NO, caste is not the right way to achieve the said goal. Abolishing caste-based reservation is the only chance of doing some good to the country and its people.