Tuesday, June 29, 2004

When will right thinking prevail ?

Why there should be job reservation

Look at this guy now! Man, are these people for real ? I can understand the case of genuinely under-privileged people. Dalits in India who would get reservations in the job sector will already have been given enough pampering throughout their educational careers in the form of reservations.

The government encourages them to slack off by lowering the barriers for entry everywhere. The author's argument of the Dalits having 'more fire in their belly' and hence becoming better workers does not hold water. If somebody has been made to slack off their whole life, why would they suddenly start working even when the job they get is through reservation ?

I agree that Dalits have been downtrodden for a long time. But there are other economically backward classes of society who through luck or ill-luck, have been born in 'higher' castes. The economically backward people will have more fire in their belly than lower-caste people who are rich and have benefited through reservation their whole lives.

I would even say that the government is conspiring against the Dalits by giving all these sops to them. When a class of people becomes complacent, they will not thrive in society and will be destroyed very soon.

When will right thinking prevail ?


gridhrasaras said...

It is very disheartening to see this news. The valid question is "When will right thinking prevail?". Right thinking should prevail in the so-called Dalits (I hate calling anyone Dalit, it is so demeaning!) first.

When my Father was working as the principal of Navodaya Vidyalaya, there was this ಕಾವ್ಯಗೋಷ್ಠಿ called ದಲಿತ ಕಾವ್ಯ ಕಮ್ಮಟ. There was this young poet who participated in the meet. I do not remember his first name (Ravi?) but his last name was Holeyar. On the last day of the meet, this person said "Please do not organise separate ಕಮ್ಮಟs for us lower-caste people. By doing this you are giving us the feeling that we are not competent enough to take part along with others. That is not true. We are competent. Do not treat us like this"

I know some people who did not use their reservation status to get seats. The stories of such people must be made known. Dalits should be made confident. Then they will refuse reservations. But, will our netas allow this to happen?

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