I have been following an interesting debate in a blog of my friend. Please read his post (which is in Telugu) and the debate which followed due to his views. Though there are certain points in the blog which has aggravated many about his views on the policy of reservations, I tend to rise in his support.
Whether we like it or not, CASTEISM STILL EXISTS IN INDIA. The casteist domination still continues at many places and often the lower castes are always targetted by the upper castes. THIS IS A FACT, though many might rise against me saying, nah, this ain’t true and the sort. Believe me, I have seen the casteism of the worst kind. I have been witness to lower-caste officers, read OFFICERS who have enjoyed the fruits of RESERVATIONS, still forced to squat on the floor in front of their village head who happens to be a Upper Caste bigot. If this is the case of an OFFICER, what about those who have never got any reservation in their favor in their lifetime?
The much hallowed Universities which impart quality education have actually become seats of CASTEIST DISCRIMINATION. Most of the time, the Upper Caste students are not allowed to mingle with those of lower castes and vice-versa. The new entrant into the University is often forced to make friendship with SAME CASTE students and the exchange of notes and any other material should be done through them only. If a student behaves in a different manner, there would be a social boycott of that person. Worst part of this mess is that even the University professors encourage this trend. One in my family was a target of a professor for mingling with a Dalit friend and her marks were considerably reduced. What kind of liberation and equality do we talk about?
There is another argument that Reservations produce different results and the merit takes a backseat. To a measure it is true, but training those who have been deprived of a decent living for generations takes time and if they are learning the tricks of the trade, give them some more leeway. Nothing wrong!
As long as the mindsets of the people with regards to the Caste and Religion is rooted out any number of measures to alleivate the downtrodden would further alienate them from the mainstream. What should be achieved in this situation is a conscious effort from the likeminds of the society to weed out this rot.