Thanks for bringin me to the point of responinding. to the concern that you have expressed.
Compared to those who expereince caste based discrimiantion, there are very few who take advantage of reservation. The beleive that reservationn is the cause of dsicrimiantion, I would like to say that had this been the truth, there would not have been any instances for caste based discrimiantion in our villages. Most education and job opportunities, where reservation is available, are located in the urban settings and not in the villages.
We consider urban population to be more liberal, but the resentment that the educated youth have shown against the state's long delayed measure to bring some parity among its own popualtions, is what I consider shameful. The false notion that reservation is the root cause of discrimiantion, as you put in you mail, and this has been very well popularied andd the publicised by the group called 'youth for equaluty' who have made -'say no to caste based reservation' as their slogan; need to be correcvted immediately. If the real concern is discrimination, then perhaps the slogan should be 'say no to castebased discrimiantion'!!!!!.
Just consider this- when the starting points are not common, then there cannot be an expectation of the end points to be common- or the time taken to reach the finish line should be the same.Despite the differtial star points, there have been instance to same 'amount of time taken to reach the finish point- No bettter example can be there than that of Dr BR Ambedkar. its only after his efforts that the state woke up to the gaps in it policy measures for welfare, equity etc etc. 'Reservation policy is an effort by the state to make up for what it could not provide to its own people for centuries. Neither State, nor the people are doing a ny favour by providing this positive discrimiantion.its a chance for mending the earlier faults. So pelase join hands and strenghten the state so that the the parity among people can come at the earliest and your frowning over it may come to an end
All the best.
Sanghmitra S Acharya
Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Tel- 0091-11-26704746 (O); 0091-11-26742411 (r)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dept of Sociology
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