A caste Hindu votes for quota
Let it be known that I'm from a forward community though I come from a middle class lower income family. I did struggle my way through the system before getting to where I am now. But that does not deter me from supporting quota for those who have been suffering for generations due to discrimination based on caste. Where were these merit mongers when they were ill-treating their own brothers and sisters?india Updated: May 31, 2006 20:09 IST
Letter from IITians abroad does raise some valid points. But it fails to address the core issue and does not provide any practical suggestions that will benefit OBC/SC/ST students who are trying to excel against all odds.
Let it be known that I am from a forward community. But don’t get the wrong idea that I am here to argue for myself. I come from a middle class lower income background. I did struggle my way through the system before getting to where I am now. If we had passed this 27 per cent reservation for OBCs 15 years ago probably I might have lost my BE chance and the life I have because of my education to someone in OBC quota.
But that does not deter me from supporting quota for those people who have been suffering for generations due to discrimination based on caste. Where were these merit mongers when they were ill-treating their own brothers and sisters based on caste? They disagree using caste as a basis when it puts them at a disadvantage. Isn’t the same caste that put these people at a disadvantage in the first place?
Are they saying that OBC students who score a few points lesser than the so-called merit-based students are not capable of following the curriculum adopted by these premier institutes? It is very sad such bright minds make such assumptions without logic. Don’t they understand that even OBC students will have to score above a minimum threshold set by the government, and will have to compete within their category to secure admission into college?
If you think the minimum threshold set by the government is too low then fight for that to be raised to a reasonable level.
I do agree with their viewpoint that we need to aim for low-cost, high-quality school education for all. Our government should invest in our school education system in a major way. Society and businesses should also do their part to improve the schools and colleges in the community. We need to open more new schools and new colleges everywhere.
Every small town should have a primary school, a high school, and a college. Every district should have a large university. We should target for 100 per cent literacy and no child is left without basic education.
Sometimes I wonder how many of those protesting in the streets really read Mandal Commission report. I would say these people are twisting the fact and making noises without any real understanding of the commission’s recommendations. I would suggest everyone who is genuinely opposing this issue thinking it is all politics to read the report and come to their own conclusion.
Just because I have an opposing viewpoint supporting reservations in education does not mean I am right and they are wrong. It would be nice if they oppose it after reading the report. It is an elaborate report done after meticulous study taking into consideration social, educational and economic factors.
I am hopeful in the end we do the right thing for this country to develop as a whole where every part of the society gets its due share of representation in every sphere be it social, education or economic.
First Published: May 31, 2006 20:09 IST