Anti Reservation Mission

Anti Reservation Mission

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Reservation in the Indian Context:

Reservation in Indian law is a form of affirmative action whereby a percentage of seats are reserved in the public sector units, union and state civil services, union and state government departments and in all public and private educational institutions, except in the religious/ linguistic minority edu¬cational institutions, for the socially and educationally backward communities and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes who are inadequately represented in these services and institutions. The reserva¬tion policy is also extended for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for representation in the Parliament of India.

The Rationale behind the Concept:

The underlying theory for the provision of reservation by the state is the under-representation of the identifiable groups as a legacy of the Indian caste system. After India gained independence, the Constitution of India listed some erstwhile groups as Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST).

The framers of the Constitution believed that, due to the caste system, SCs and the STs were historically oppressed and denied respect and equal opportunity in Indian society and were thus under-represented in nation-building activities.

The Constitution laid down 15% and 7.5% of vacan¬cies to government aided educational institutes and for jobs in the government/public sector, as reserved quota for the SC and ST candidates respectively for a period of five years, after which the situation was to be reviewed.

The Present Status:

After introducing the provision for reservation once, it got related to vote bank politics and the following governments and the Indian Parliament routinely extended this period, without any free and fair revisions. Later, reservations were introduced for other sections as well.

The Supreme Court ruling that reservations cannot exceed 50% (which it judged would violate equal access guaranteed by the Constitution) has put a cap on reservations. The central government of India reserves 27% of higher education, and individual states may legislate further reservations. Reservation in most states is at 50%, but certain Indian states like Rajasthan have proposed a 68% reservation that includes a 14% reservation for forward castes in services and education.

Reservations are actually not reaching the people for whom they are really intended rather it has today become a slogan for the political parts to win voters from the backward classes/tribes. The game plan of the politicians is clearly evident in this ‘Quota Raj’. Reservation today is not just an affirmative action but has become a means for getting more and more benefits. As a matter of fact, the scope of reservation has enlarged to quite an extent. Does it mean that backwardness has increased?

Today, it is sad to say that different religious communities are also demanding reservation as they want the privilege of reservation to be extended to them. As a matter of fact, it has triggered competition among communities for proving their backwardness. Reservation provides some benefits in the employment and education to the backward, creating vested interests. Today, many communities want to be considered backward rather than forward.

Is it not injustice to give special privileges on the basis of birth? Does this not take away the right of a brilliant student for securing a seat in higher education and getting a job in the Government sector? In an equitable society rights of all citizens are protected.

In India caste is the predominant factor used for reservation in Government jobs and in higher education.

Reservations are like crutches which will always prove to be a handicap for the deprived section of the society. India does not need handicapped people to achieve its goal of becoming a super power but needs people with substance who can represent it on the global arena.

In short, Reservation is a curse, which is dividing our country on the basis of caste, community and religion. We need to be united not divided for becoming a force to reckon with “United we stand – divided we fall”