Reservation: Evil or Necessity

In this article I will try to throw some light on how Reservation isn’t as bad as it is shown by the anti-reservation section of our society and how can you make your peace with it. I know plenty of you must have already started hating me or thinking of cuss words for me but hear (read) me out with an open mind and then you can say whatever you want.
First of all let me start by stating that reservation is an unfortunate system. I am using the word “unfortunate” to define it because the existence of caste system, which is the reason of reservation,is an unfortunate and ugly truth of the Indian society. I will try to make you understand how reservation is unfortunately a necessity and how does it not affect you as badly as you think. I will start with the later and I would expect you to read this as objectively as possible for you.
People use the low cut offs of reserved categories, especially SCs and STs, to show that how unfair it is for the General category students and how easy it is to enter into a good institution or get a job for the reserved category people. But they comfortably omit the fact that the seats reserved for SCs and STs mostly remain unoccupied and still the most percentage of lower caste people are poor. If SCs/STs  could get into IIM merely by leaving their answer sheets empty (as it is claimed by anti reservation groups) then why are there still unoccupied reserved seats in these institutions?
Now let’s talk about jobs. According to the government statistics, about 60% of central government jobs are occupied by people from Upper Castes who comprise merely 30% of the population of the country. And this percentage rises up to 70% in case of top posts. So according to stats, there are more chances of you getting a job if you belong to an upper caste than people belonging to lower castes. So why does the upper castes feel cheated by this system. The answer is lack of jobs. Our government could not provide enough jobs for the huge and exponentially increasing population of this country. And as a result people vent their anger on reservation whereas they should be asking for more jobs for everyone, but of course blaming reservation is easier and perhaps more satisfactory.
Now we come to the point of how reservation is still a necessity. I know most people will hate me for saying this but this is unfortunately true. Reservation IS a necessity. Here again I would like to clarify that I agree that reservation is now used for political purposes and it is also misused by people who do not deserve it and I am all against such misuse of reservation. Having cleared that, I would like you to make an observation of Indian society. Whether you like it or not, this is a fact that our society is divided into groups based on castes. Reservation came into existence to end the dominance of certain groups and give the neglected and oppressed groups a push so that they can become equal to the other groups.
Now I will be glad to imagine an India where castes doesn’t matter and people doesn’t show affinity towards their own castes, but that is sadly not the real world that we live in. That is why it is necessary to give more chances to people from lower groups (castes) so that they have some representation in the society which is other wise dominated by upper groups (castes) to maintain the balance and give oppressed a place in the society.
To make your peace with caste based reservation, you need to have the compassion, sensitivity and a sense of brotherhood with the lower caste people who are still discriminated and treated as inferiors in our country. And if you think that this isn’t true then I would give you a piece of statistics to put things into perspective. In India, more than 22,000 sewage cleaners (almost all of them of which are Dalits because it’s an unspoken law that it’s their job) die on line of duty because of the poisonous gases whereas 18,000 farmers commit suicide every year. But you can see how these two tragedies are treated different by our society and media. While people mourn and care about the death of farmers (which is the right thing to do) but no one gives a damn about the dying sewage workers.
So you see it’s not just few well-to-do people from reserved category that get benefited by reservation, as people tend to think, but there are people who can leave this life of second grade citizens with the help of reservation.
So if you could manage to have some sympathy and sense of belonging with the lower caste people, for they are humans and your countrymen. India can never be a good country until there are people who are ill treated because of their castes. Just compare your sorrow with theirs and I think you can find a way to make your peace with it.

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