Our 'Hardik' Thanks to Patels

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Our 'Hardik' Thanks to Patels


EDITOR'S PICK / From the pen of Jitendra Varma   /   Aug 30, 2015
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Ambedkar had a clear perspective about the reservation. But he had a problem with it only when he failed to gauge the value of reservation in vote bank politics in coming years. And he failed to figure out the immense inequity, which was to be produced by stretching reservation for all time to come.

 

 

The mere thought of reservation in jobs is so against the grain of merit.

 

 

The volatile political scene in India after Congress started losing its monolithic sheen, demanded that every political faction should have a dedicated vote bank. So there was a proliferation of parties in the post-independent conundrum and each tagged itself with a community. Reservation became one big gift to the community from the leaders. So SC & ST, the original categories mentioned in the constitution were increased to include OBC, which in itself was a Pandora box. SC & ST were very well defined categories, but OBC was fluid.You could add as many communities in it as you can by pressurizing the government to do so. And that gave rise to a perpetual agitation mode in this country.

 

 

Gujjars, Jats and now Patels, all are some of the most powerful, prosperous communities in India, yet they are fighting to be included in the OBC for reservation. They might be having their reasons for the same, but there is no shame left in any community to be called backward if that leads to the reservation.

 

 

How reservation is going to help them? How any reservation has helped any community in this country?

 

 

The falsehood in thinking that the reservation in jobs is going to help communities is widespread and it is being perpetrated by the wily leaders as a tool for keeping their herd together. How many jobs are we talking about? Will all get jobs? Isn’t job reservation a palliative for the whole community? Out of every hundred post the Government has, given the reservation ratio of all communities and social groups, how many jobs will go to a specific community? And how the lowest and weakest fight their richer and more resourceful brothers of their community in capturing the apportioned jobs?

 

 

The jobs from reservations have been cornered by the elite of every reserved community. The majority of hundreds of millions of these SC, ST, OBC and others are so poor, so illiterate that our government is devising plans to give them at least one square meal a day. So who are getting these jobs?  The entrenched elites are the one taking the fullest advantage of the ‘No Hold Barred’ reservation policy providing reservation to multiple generations of the same family. One fails to understand how this benefit of reservation pays back the socially deprived an opportunity to correct the injustice of thousands of years. The benefits are moribund and limited to few at the cost of the whole nation.

 

 

 

The cost paid by the nation is also staggering. Reservation never meant good or excellence. It is just an accommodation. With how many substandard, unqualified, uneducated people can the country look forward to reach the next century? And to what extent we can boast of a task force in government / public domain where half of it (at present percentage of reservation) is actually extremely inadequately qualified, incompetent, and doing a job more as an entitlement than a duty.

 

 

At such a juncture, Hardik and his ilk are a welcome. They are here to shake the reservation cart. It is the second death knell to vote bank politics. The first one was when the middle class and educated India started asserting itself in elections in 2014. The Patel’s don’t need a reservation in the traditional sense of the word.

 

 

They could have agitated to finish reservation completely.But Patels knew that it was possible only when it became a mass movement with the political power to change. They also knew that no politician had the courage to speak against reservation. It is sheer brilliance that they sought reservation for themselves triggering a tsunami wave of anticipation in the country about the issue of reservation. Patels are also forcing the hand of the government to start finding a workable solution for the problem.

 

 

What is the future of this movement? The Government will not yield to their demand. Had it been the election year in Gujarat, it would have been a different take. Alternatively the Government may, being true to its pattern of passing on all socially relevant issues to Courts, leave the courts to take the initiative.  But if Hardik and his fellow agitators could hold and sustain their movement for few more months and if he is in a position to galvanize various upper caste communities in different states of the country to join the movement then he would have triggered snowball effect making a solution to this vexing problem a must for the government. But for that Hardik will have to leave Gujarat and he will have to shake hands with all major upper caste communities.

 

 

If we really want an egalitarian society, let’s end reservation. Reservation is not a punishment for the upper caste or the nation; it is an effort to provide the best of opportunities to the exploited to make amends for our past. Make best education, wholesome living, and health absolutely free and readily available to all those who fall in the reserved category and the rest will take care of itself. But this is so difficult. In the last 65 years, we have miserably failed in doing it. With reservation, lavish government programs and benefits schemes for the poor, still our SC/ST and millions of OBC are living in miserable condition. Hardik is looking for answers in his own way.


 

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