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SurferSpeak: Quota in cricket team?

Can we have reservations in the cricket team as well? Our surfer wonders.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 15:43 IST

A statement by HRD Minister Arjun Singh for providing reservation to backward classes in central universities has created a lot of fuss.

There were talks in the political corridors that because of his bad health Singh was to be removed from the Cabinet and was offered the Governor's post in lieu of it. Mr Singh is a veteran politician and this is his well thought of action to save his post. Now Congress high command is in fix, as his removal will now be linked with reservation so by this Mr Singh has protected his post.

But at the same time he has raised a fresh discussion on the viability and the criterion of reservation. Today the society is divided in two parts one is in favour of reservation and other is against it.

People in favour of reservation always argue that the backward classes people have been oppressed since centuries. It is argued that these oppressed classes have the calibre in them but they need opportunity to polish it, they need platform from where they can develop the qualities they have and so they look at reservation as this opportunity. This will also bring them to the same pedestal where the upper classes are, and hence will remove inequality.

As far as I am concerned I belong to the later group, the group which is against reservation. I agree that there is no scarcity of talent in backward classes, all they need is 'opportunity', but I do not interpret opportunity as reservation. I believe that state should take steps to provide free and quality education to the people who are economically backward, irrespective of their cast or clan; state shall empower them to compete with others instead of making them handicapped dependent upon reservation.

The state shall not put the stigma of "reserved class" on them, so that if they get admission in IITs or IIMs no one can question their intelligence on the sole ground of there being from so-called 'reserved class'.

What kind of equality we want? Does equality for us means helping a son of bureaucrat belonging to Schedule Caste become an IAS officer because of reservation or does that mean helping a poor person's son to get some job irrespective of his caste? For me it's later, even though I am against reservation per se but in the later case I won't object it.

I haven't said anything new, most of it has been said before and as I am a Brahmin by caste so my views might be said to be the reflection of my 'upper class mentality'.

So before finishing I would just like to ask a question from all the readers, irrespective of their caste. Like every other field even our cricket team has always dominated by upper caste. So how many of you favour for the caste-based reservation in Indian cricket team? I am asking this because almost all the arguments put forth in favour of reservation in collages, universities and jobs apply here even.

If we can't allow reservation in a cricket team then how can we allow it in places where fates of lakhs of people are at stake?

Vikas Upadhyay is a law graduate from NLIU, Bhopal and can be contacted

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First Published: May 25, 2006 15:00 IST