Rajasthan Government surrenders to Gujars and agrees to give them 5% reservation.
I have 2 comments to make about this :
(1) I am opposed to caste or communal reservations. In fact such reservations are doing great harm to the country by perpetuating casteism and casteist hatred. Politicians, however, benefit as they rely on such vote banks in the elections
And how many SCs or OBCs benefit from such reservations ? Hardly .01%, and these too, of the 'creamy layer'. Most SCs and OBCs are still living in miserable conditions. The persons who are really benefited by such reservations are our crooked politicians
What should be done is to give facilities and financial help to the poor of all castes and communities ( and there are many poor among the 'upper castes' too ).
Boys and girls of the 'upper castes' getting over 90% marks are often denied admission or jobs, while SCs and OBCs having 40% or even less get them. This naturally causes a lot of heart burning in the former. In fact it is 'reverse discrimination', which was declared unconstitutional, being violative of the equality provision, by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bakke's case in USA.
I was told by a Principal of a Government Medical College in U.P. that he was pressurized by the Minister concerned to give pass marks to some SC students who repeatedly failed in their exams. What kind of doctors are we inflicting on society ? Will they heal the patients or harm them ? I am not saying that all SC doctors are incompetent, but those who pass their exams in Medical Colleges in this manner certainly are.
(2) I never go to vote, because my vote is meaningless. Most people in India vote in 'vote banks' on the basis of caste and religion like sheep and cattle. What value does my single vote have when we see most people in most states voting in droves and herds for their caste candidate or caste party ? Most people do not see the merit of a candidate, whether he is a good man or bad man, whether he is educated or not, etc but only the candidate's caste or religion. That is why a large section of our M.P.s and MLAs have criminal antecedents. Phoolan Devi who was alleged to have committed many murders, was elected an M.P. only because she was of a backward caste. Democracy was never meant to be run in this manner
So thank you very much, you may have your democracy as much as you want, but please do not ask me to be a party to it