Reservation On Basis of Caste is Deeply Flawed Divide & Rule Policy

Published: Thursday, Sep 06,2012, 16:50 IST
Reservation, Basis of Caste, Divide & Rule Policy, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,  SCs and STs, Nehru Gandhi clan

I think Congress knows the art of manipulating the Indian mind much better than any other political party in India. That’s why even after doing scam after scam of monumental corruption, so many years of non-governance, no sanitation, no drinking water, no electricity, no all-weather roads for all population, it still remains the governing party at center. Sometimes I wonder is it just the good luck of few congressmen or success of their grand divide & rule policy which has kept them in power for so long. I firmly believe that since Congress has longest association with British, they have the deepest knowledge of how to rule a diverse population through divide & rule policy. That’s why Congress ruling elite & promoters of dynastic rule never liked patriotic organizations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which work towards removing the barriers in society and unite it culturally in strong bond. The Congress divide and rule policy is evident from many aspects of our life & society. First they promoted regionalism by creating linguistic states, continued birth based caste system which they should have abolished long time ago, promoted communalism & kept the masses illiterate by not investing in quality primary education.

Congressmen, it seems follow only one motto and that is opportunism. This opportunism is on display every time and generally they don’t get caught as they know majority of Indians suffer from short term memory loss as far as political & national issues are concerned. They don’t have any core ideology except loyalty to one family and they know and doesn’t care about what educated Indians think about this family as they know educated Indians are not their vote banks. Congress’s primary vote banks are poor, who are still vulnerable to charisma of Gandhi name and RSS fearing minorities. Congress knows that as long as it can keep doing lip service to these two sections of people who actually go to vote, they can be assured of handsome electoral gains. Congress has its major ally in Indian media and its media managers use it effectively on various occasions. You don’t need to go very far to see this, just look at the way they killed Anna Hazare’s agitation against corruption.

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I have written such introduction on topic related to reservation is to highlight what forms the basis of Congress’s behavior in everyday politics. I wasn’t surprised by the way Congress decided to introduce SC/ST quota bill in promotions in government jobs, that too by amending the constitution, amid all pressure created by BJP on Coalgate scam. Congress media managers are masters of creating issues out of non-issues and diverting the focus from main issue. Their ally media ably helps them in diverting the focus and the educated Indian, who doesn’t go to vote, for variety of reasons start talking about the current issue and forgetting the old one. This cycle continues for all the issues and scandals and you don’t need to be a James Bond to find out the same.

This amendment for providing SC/STs reservation in promotion and some time ago the news of Supreme Court of India giving its nod to OBC reservation in premier Medical, Engineering and Management Schools is really disappointing for me and many others who feel that it’s time now for resurgent India and our past baggage is the only things which is holding us back. Let me be clear I am not a supporter of Castism but this whole issue of providing reservation on basis of taking birth in some caste is so deeply flawed and I am not sure about its effectiveness as solution.
The castes or classes were part of all ancient societies. I can say by studying our ancient scriptures like Bhagwat Gita and Veda that birth to someone was not the deciding factor of any one's caste. Even Magasthenese, The Greek Ambassador in court of King Chandragupta Maurya writes in his book “Indica” that there were some Seven castes in India. Lord Shri Krishna clearly says in Gita that birth is not the basis of anyone's caste. It’s the balance of Three Gunas; Sattva, Rajas and Tamas which decides anyone's caste or class. The higher the portion of Sattva Guna more the chances are that the person will be of Brahman in nature. Again the word Brahmin means one who knows the Brahma or the supreme reality. In that sense anyone can be a Brahmin if he or she has the caliber to achieve so. Right now Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Mata Amtrita Anandmayi, Sadrguru are the real Brahmins as they are performing the real tasks of Brahmins and no one asks about their castes before bowing in front of them.

In every society on earth at any point of time, the ruling class is always small in compare to the people being ruled. So in USA or in Europe you will see nexus of Politicians, Bureaucrats and big corporations which is ruling class, In Africa its warlords and likewise in India presently its nexus of corrupt politicians, criminals and bureaucrats which is ruling class. This ruling class although small in number, if gets corrupted simultaneously then it spells doom for the nation. In ancient times most of the Kings found their source of power flowing down from the wise men or priest class or Brahmins. If that priest class of advisors was getting selected on basis of their knowledge then it was good for larger benefit of the common people. But only a good king will choose good advisers or priests. In my view the powerful class always likes the status quo as this benefits them and their families. They oppose change and generally don’t allow many people to enter their class as it will make that power or source of wealth getting distributed in more people and their share will become less.

In the similar fashion majority of the Brahmins, with help of ruling class made this castes mandatory on the basis of birth and it became more rigid with progress of time. Its most ugly form was seen in 18th and 19th century, where there were many atrocities done on people on basis of castes. But there have been many atrocities similar to what we had in Europe and US too on basis of class. I always had the view that a historical wrong can’t be made right by another historical wrong. The time which is gone was different and what we have in present is different. I know that none of us ever asks about anyone's caste before going out and making friends with them. It’s still there in case of marriage but I don’t think that it will stay for long.

Those who have suffered the stupidity of castism need help but everyone should realize that there are many poor among the so called upper castes and I was one of them. I wasn’t born with silver spoon and whatever I have now is because my parents made me work hard to study as they saw that it was the only way out. With God's help and some hard work I have achieved what I have now. The only time when I realized that I am a Brahmin by caste was the time when I had to fill forms for engineering colleges after passing 12th standard. I realized that although I had way higher marks in competitive exams than my classmates, they got really good government colleges, free books, calculators, drafters and scholarship. Just because they were of some so called lower castes they got everything better than me at that time. In all those cases all my classmate's father had the same income as my father did. With that same income my father had to take care of a large family like other so called lower caste families. Many of my classmates were not studying as hard as I did. At that time I failed to understand why I am getting punished for what I haven’t committed. I consoled myself by thinking that it may be collective Karma of my ancestors. The Indian private sector came to my rescue after my studies and I got a great job from campus. I didn’t tried much for government jobs as seats were really less and all government of India cared & still care about is caste & vote-bank and nothing else.

I believe in affirmative action for disadvantaged section. But do you all really think that poverty has got anything to do with somebody's caste now? It’s altogether a different time we are living in now. The policy which was meant for elevating status by giving someone freebies in education and jobs has just become a source of votes. It’s really strange that Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar himself wanted the quota system just for 10 years and you see that even after 22 years of full reservation the list of backward castes is not decreasing. It keeps on increasing every year. This policy is not serving the most disadvantaged and really creating a much wealthy layer among the so called backwards and they are the ones who are having the benefit of reservation again and again. Many backward castes like Yadav and Jats were rulers of some part of India. Lord Krishna was himself bought up by this Yadav clan and I really fail to understand how come his caste is among backward one? The most comical thing is to be seen in Tamil Nadu, where the state government is having 70% reservation and everybody wants themselves to be proven as more backwards then others.

I think that reservation in its present caste based form is promoting complacency and non hard working attitude in so many people. If you know that you will get a good government job even though you just score some third class marks in exams than why you would like to study and work hard? Is it that hard to understand by all of us? If reservation worked so well than why Sonia is going USA for treatment of her illness and why not she is using some reserved category doctor candidate for her treatment in India?

The real help was needed for Dalits which includes all SCs and STs and I don’t think they are getting benefited from this policy in large numbers as the creamy layer among them is cornering major benefit. The real benefit is siphoned off by OBCs who have different quotas but simultaneously have all the means for getting good education by working hard. OBC families are well off like many general category families and reservation is giving them unfair advantage. We all cry for level playing field in Global forums but in India itself we are not treating all citizens equal. Making caste as sole criteria of reservation in education, jobs and promotions is deeply flawed mistake. We need good scientists and professionals to take India to its rightful place and I don’t think that reservation policy in its present form helping it anyway.

The real solution is to provide all necessary tools like books, good coaching & scholarships to underprivileged & poor section, irrespective of caste & religion, of our society so that they can compete on merit. The main reason given for caste based reservation is that all the people in lower castes are poor and all in upper castes are super rich and so have access to greater facilities for their children. I don’t think this reason is true at all in our times and by working on this hard, tough & not so emotive solution of providing all poor Indians necessary tools to compete on merit, will be the foundation on which great India will be built.

One of the reasons of my dislike of Congress and Nehru Gandhi clan is that they had the golden chance of shaping destiny of India but they got carried away with power and started filling their own coffers. They are responsible for not providing good primary education to Indians. If it was provided and made compulsory for all Indians since independence, I think we wouldn’t have been facing many problems as we are facing today in India. If congress wants reservation than it should first reserve Congress President post to Indians and not some Italian born lady.

The real solution of caste divide is affirmative action on economic basis and not some mindless caste based reservation. I don’t know why these political leaders don’t think of poor among all Indians, why they still want to further divide my motherland on caste & numerous other lines. The only answer is politics of votes. It’s only awakening and mass awakening which can solve this problem. Just hoping that this awakening come little sooner than my expectation.

Author : Hemant Dubey | Follow the writer on twitter/indianyogi
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