Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Anti Reservation Movement

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Anti-reservation movement

Aman Jagannathan, 18, had never been arrested before. Neither had he ever publicly protested against the government.

Last year, the police picked him up twice -- while protesting at India Gate and outside the Supreme Court -- in New Delhi. He and his friends were in custody for 6 to 7 hours.

A friendly and eloquent medical student at India's best medical college, Aman is unsure if he wants his identity revealed as he looks back at the past year.

"I know I am not saying anything illegal but I just want to be careful," says the second year MBBS student at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, sitting on the steps of the Institute's playground. "I don't want to be known on campus as being against OBCs because I am not. I am just against the idea of reservation. I don't want to be misunderstood."

Last year, the government decided to increase the number of reserved seats in central government-run elite educational institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management and AIIMS by 27 per cent for the Other Backward Classes, taking reservations up to 50 per cent. Students on the campus were upset and agitated.

Aman knew he could not just sit back. He wanted to do something. He wanted to be heard.

"I am not against social justice but I feel merit should be appreciated. Reserve seats for those who don't have the economic means. Reserve seats for the children of those in the armed forces. Nobody will protest if you reserve seats for those who earn less than a lakh every year. Why should caste be the overarching factor? It's not my fault I was born a Brahmin."

In December, the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006 was passed in Parliament. But for the students, their fight was far from over.


Fonceur said...

Nice post.

But when i see the whole Anti-reservation movement. I feel very pissed off.

The whole anti reservation movement is just a toy which government gives us to play. we play with it for sometime. while we are playing with we forget all the other important things and the government successfully hides all their faults.

Whenever there is an election they come up with these kind of issues because they might have not done anything solid to highlight. They just increase the percentage 2%-5%. What is the difference it is going to make it will be just 10 or 15 or maximum 30 people getting a seat in the premier institutes of the country.

If the government wanted to really uplift the minority then they should have tried and improved the quality of education given to the minority communities and make them eligible for the super competitive exams.

If they really are genuine with the claim of bieng the aam aadmi party or the india shining party then they should make sure that each and every child of the country gets atleast the primary education.

I am not interested in the Anti Reservation movement as the whole movement is baseless and self centered.

Commenting for and against the movement is the same. we are just falling for the greatest trick of the government.


Pratosh Dwivedi said...

I more or less agree with your comments, but not completely. I certainly dont think that this "anti-reservation" movement is a waste. Just give a thought to the following scenario -

U want an admission in IIM, say after two years from now.You are an avg student and certainly wont be among the toppers. Now, when the results are out, u c ppl who have scored less than u, getting admission and u being sidelined. How will u feel at that time? U are talking about 30-35 odd seats, in this case, a single seat has destroyed ur career. Also, 30-35 seats amount to 20% of the entire batch.

Let alone the point of u getting admission or not ... just think about the competency level of the product of these institutions ... Right now due to the cut throat competition, only the high rung manage to get in and thus add to the unquestionable quality of the IIM/IIT grads .. but once these institutes start admitting people on the basis of their caste and religion, do u think the mutli-nationals who are at the moment queing in front of these institutes will even bother to look at them? Also, do you think indian grads will any longer strive on the basis of their competency in the Global market?

Also, if u want to give reservation, give it on the basis of economic disparity .. not on caste-basis.

All in all ... i would like to put the following points in favour of the movement

1> Oppurtunities being denied to the deserving
2> Decrease in the level of competency of the product
3> Ppl who really deserve reservation dont get the benefit cauz they dont belong to a particular caste.

Let the present level of reservation be there .. i oppose the suggestion, the move ... i oppose the idea of reservation after graduation.

Fonceur said...


What we need is not an Anti reservation movement. What we need is awareness programs.

The so called minority communities must understand that what they want and need is not Reservation but what they need is Equal opportunities.

What they want is not reservation in the business schools, what they actually need is admission to primary schools.

But the vested interests will never let this happen. They always wants the minorities to stay minority. They will exploit them year after year after year. Then the election comes and they come up with the idea of reservation. They get votes because people dont know what they really want.

It is a vicious circle. Keeps going round round round and round.