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Aug 01, 2017 at 12:53

While India witnessed massive protests and violence in Haryana for reservations, School LIVE  reporters discuss if India should do away with reservations.

An Equal Footing

One of the most debated topics in Indian history is that of reservations and if you have been living in India for a considerable length of time, you have been dragged at least once in a debate of the similar sort. I have been in similar situations and mostly I hear people complain about how it is unfair and does not provide for an equal footing. But I have a different view.Let’s imagine this as a race, if you will. A race to get admissions and jobs. Now, imagine further that not every competitor is not equally endowed or advantaged. Would it not be fair to give such persons a head start?
The whole issue of reservations is this race. Everybody wants to get admission in the most prestigious college and everybody wants to bag that really good job. But then again, not everybody has those opportunities and that environment that would enable them to do so. For this very reason, reservations for certain backward categories and classes have been provided for. I feel that a person who has the potential for a particular job or position but does not have the access to the means to achieve it, should be given some form of help. Its as simple as that.
An equal footing or a level playing field can only be provided when everybody has equal opportunities and means to reach it. And reservations are an attempt in the earnest to do just that
Lavanya Singh
‘Reform’ is the Word.
In recent years the existing reservation system in public institutions has come under intense scrutiny. Misuse of the system by politicians for vote banks has given this scrutiny impetus. But the question still remains in, “Can India simply do away with reservation?”.
In this article I aim at trying to resolve this question by providing a middle ground. I being by making two admissions, the first being that the reservation system has helped India in its goal of “Sabka Saath ,Sabka Vikas” and the second being that this system has placed birth above merit, which has created a huge uproar amongst those in the general category. What I propose is the current reservation system remains, but is modified so that it is not obsolete in today’s day and age. Some necessary changes are-● Removal of caste as a the basis of availing the reservation rather the economic status of the person be the parameter for being eligible for reservation.
● Reduction of the maximum cap on reservation from 50% to only 25%.
● If one person has availed reservation then all the people in the immediate family should not be eligible for reservation. As the fundamental purpose of reservation is upliftment of the underprivileged, as they have been provided with opportunities for themselves and their family.
● A periodic review of the reservation system so as to optimise its functioning in fulfilling its purpose of providing support to the underprivileged.In conclusion I would like to say that the India today is different from the India in 1947, the reservation system proposed in 1947 might not stand valid in its practice, but its principal is still valid.
Shambhav Tewari

A Useless Strain

Isn’t it rather odd that in the 69th year of our independence from the harsh British regime, we still battle the prejudices of the caste system? Without any doubt, there still exists a mentality in the country that places one community above another. The Reservation Policy in India came about to be a temporary measure for the upliftment of the backward classes. The fact that we still have to continue with this policy after 69 years, speaks volumes of the inefficiency of the policy. The reservations aim for the betterment of the entire backward community however the benefits of the policy are enjoyed by a small section of the community. Large sections of the backward communities, who probably need the most upliftment, still dwell in the predicament of the Indian Society.
Ever since the first 5-year plan, our goals have been Growth and Equity then why is it that we need a special provision for some? If we have programs like Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan that promise to provide a substantial education to all, then why should we have to discriminate on the basis of SC, ST, OBC and General category? This unfair distribution of privileges comes at the cost of depriving someone who might actually need the privilege.
Furthermore, this has resulted to be an additional constraint on a general category child’s future if the peaking cutoffs weren’t enough.
In conclusion, the reservation policy has not been effective in either giving the ones in need what they deserve or causing any betterment in the overall social strata of the country.

Khushi Singh