India has toppled China to become the fastest growing economy in the world in 2015…
Recently, the world’s second largest private equity fund, Carlyle, too said that India is the only market that can provide exponential returns on investment over a period of four years. While these developments are closely tied to the efforts and intentions demonstrated by the Modi government, there is an elephant in the room.
And this elephant is, according to experts, being overlooked by PM Modi but is a pivotal and vital factor that might, if not now then later, bring India down.
This crucial factor is reservation, which may discourage students and another people from studying or working harder because they know that they will get a job only on the basis of quota.
We have seen many reservation related protest across India, most recently the ‘Jat’ stir in Haryana, ‘Gujjar’ stir in Rajasthan, Patidar Andolan in Gujarat, and most recently the ‘Maratha’ stir in Maharashtra, which led to massive violence and bandh like situation at these states.
According to a recent survey, all these are being carried out for all the wrong reasons. The basis for this protest should have been a call to provide equal opportunity, not advantages for one particular caste.
Caste based reservation will do nothing but damage the Indian economic as well as its plurality eventually. Now the question is, how?
Well for example, let’s say a person has been provided employment on caste-quota basis, and not because of either merit or knowledge. This, will if not now then later on, definitely have a negative impact on the efficiency of work-ethics. On a macro scale, this efficiency can drag down India’s growth story.
Moreover, reservation for a particular caste may discourage students and other people from studying or working harder because they know that they will get a job on the basis of their caste and quota. This attitude may prove to be dangerous for India and Indians.
I am sure everyone would agree to the fact that reservation is necessary, but the basis on which it is provided is wrong.
As of now, India provides reservation on the basis of caste, when actually it should be on the basis of yearly income. After all, the main point of providing reservation is to give opportunities to those who cannot afford it.
Providing reservation to a particular caste will not only limit India’s growth, but also obstruct deserving people from achieving greater heights. Technically speaking reservation should not exist in India.
In fact, Babasaheb Ambedkar had suggested reservation system, that is prevalent in India even today, only for 10 years from the time of implementation, but it has been extended so many times that it has now become a part and parcel of any ruling government.
Reservation becomes significant when establishing equality among 1.3 billion people is difficult. It is a good thing that reservation, for now, is mostly applicable only in government jobs and not on private companies that are currently driving the Indian economy forward.
If we talk about the caste based reservation system, which prevails in India, even after 68 years of Independence then this form of reservation is looked upon as positive discrimination. The makers of our constitution included it to protect those who were underprivileged for ages.
But in modern India, majority of the citizens look at it as an unfair advantage given to people belonging to certain communities. The castes that fall under the purview of reservations are looked upon with envy by those who are not able to avail this benefit, but has the merit.
The question that arises here is–are people like Hardik Patel, even though misinformed, who bring disturbances in the society because they view the law as a shortcut to get ahead, should be given any privileges.
We wonder whether the politicians have failed to disseminate the reason for this law, and use it to divide and rule the country?