Reservation in our country India is defined as the process of setting aside (alloting them with certain seats) a definate percentage of vacancies in government institutions for the members of downtrodden people , backward classes and under-represented communities.The primary beneficiaries of the reservation policies are scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) , this is given under the Constitution. This concept tend to enshrine in the Constitution to patronize the so called deprived classes to come at par with the so called privileged ones.
At initial stage, the reservation policy was entitled to be held only for 10 years after the independence it is only for uplifting the society and assisting the individual for stabilising the economy by providing under- privileged with necessary commodities. Although , even after lot of trials after subjugation the Government has failed for proper upliftment of the backward sections of the society.
This system of reservation had its emergence from age-old caste system of India reciting since ages. The caste system at its birth was meant to divide people on the basis of their occupation like teaching and preaching (Brahmins), kingship and war (Kshatriya), and lastly business (Vaish) etc, but soon it became an instrument to divide the society on caste basis, creating various walls between different sections of the society. After independence, the primary objective of the reservation was to uplift the untouchable who were the most marginalised.
But today we stand divided widely into Hindu, Muslim, SC, ST, OBC with newer reservations coming up from different sections of society like Christians, jats, Pandits, Tribals etc. Unfortunately, the policy has failed to achieve the desired aim of bringing the non-privileged classes into the mainstream. It has instead marginalised them all the more and has deepened the rift created by the caste system even more. Moreover, today it is not taken as a right but it is considered more of a privilege by people, provoking unending debates.
The 93rd Amendment and the recent declaration of the government for reservation in institutions of higher education has stirred the anger of the youth in general all over the country. The UGC cell helps universities implement the reservation policy in student admission and staff recruitment process for teaching and non-teaching jobs. Protests from various sections of society had come stating that development of one section of the society should not be at the cost of the other section.
They have argued caste category cannot decide whether he/she is eligible for admission or not, what matters is merit. Further some have argued that in some cases children belonging to the backward classes do not even possess the necessary merit, thereby snatching away one seat, just because they come from a particular religion or caste for’which our government provides reservation.Recent ‘Women’s Reservation Bill’ passed by Rajya Sabha in 2010 got majority support but it has not been voted on the bill as yet. Its opposers say gender cannot be held as a basis for reservation alone. True, as Pratibha Patil, Meera Kumar, Sonia Gandhi and other women do not hold their position merely because of their gender reservation.
If one takes a look at the issue objectively, one will realise that the intention behind reservation is not faulty at all but it is the implementation and application that has proved ineffective. The benefit of reservation has failed to trickle down to the lowest section of the society. Also, it has killed the spirit of brotherhood and healthy competition.
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