India has come a long, long way. When it was called as the “Golden Bird” to today, this transition has sadly taken a reverse gear. We are going backward, just like the Indian system of castes.
Standing on the dreams and visions of some of India’s great men – Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar – India took off in 1947, starting afresh, after the ruins of almost 200 years of British plunder. Little did they know their dreams won’t nearly come true!
Reservation, though has an uplifting purpose behind it, its execution has been found faulty for long now. Reservation though is like a stepping stone of Gandhi, Nehru, and Ambedkar’s ideologies relating to caste issues, to some extent it is against their visions of India.
How do you ask? Gandhi was a strong believer and promoter of principles of “self-reliance” and “self-sufficiency”. Nehru’s Five Year Plan approach was aimed towards building a nation that is “economically” strong. Ambedkar, the Father of Indian Constitution, believed that “self-help is the best help”.
The Constitution has provisions for reservation. They were made at a time when untouchability and injustices towards Dalits were the biggest culprits behind a backward India. It may have been right then, but it doesn’t make sense anymore because caste based reservation is a misuse of Constitutional provisions. The reservation has killed the spirit of self-help, hard work, and struggle as most of the reserved categories take advantage of their backwardness and DEPEND on a special policy system for their own rights.
Gone are the days when the words and works of Gandhi, Nehru, and Ambedkar provoked encouragement and motivation in people to fight for something that’s rightfully theirs. Gone are the days when equality meant what’s rightfully theirs (SC, ST, OBC), is also rightfully everybody’s!