We come across the term ‘Reservation’ nearly every day such as in a newspaper, on a news channel, in discussions and debates, in candidates’ manifestos, in political agendas, in schools, or colleges, or during general conversations with people. But what is ‘Reservation’? Let me try to comprehend this million-dollar question.
Governments have come, and governments have gone, but the simplicity that the term ‘Reservation’ connotes has been lost in the game of thrones. ‘Reservation’ is done with the purpose of ensuring equality of opportunities especially in a multilateral country like India where seekers are in abundance but seats are not. It includes reserved or exclusive access to seats in legislatures, government jobs, and higher educational institutions.
However, we talk about ‘Reservation’ like it is a Salman Khan film. Some are supporters. Some are not. Some are blind followers. Others are not. But everyone has an opinion! They may not know why Salman Khan did that film, or why Salman Khan was chosen to play that character, but they all know WHO Salman Khan is and think they’ve him all figured out!
The concept of ‘Reservation’ is more than just an opinion – Caste based ‘Reservation’ is ridiculous. There should be income based ‘Reservation’. No, education is the right criterion towards it – But is “it” worth all this chaos? Who’s to decide X deserves it more than Y? And by favouring X over Y, aren’t we creating inequality in the system rather than suppressing it? Makes you re-think, doesn’t it! Well, I think simple – the act of reserving or retaining something for future use is, my friend, ‘Reservation’. Or is it?