Re: why should the reservation benefit be given to the son/daughter of an IAS officer or minister
This is really an interesting topic as there seems to be a lot of consensus. Here are some of my ideas around the same. I too believe that the children of Dalits & Tribals in the middle and upper levels of government jobs as well as those who have achieved a high income through other means. Reservation to such people goes on to delegitimise the entire reservation system. At the same time the reservation system is essential. The reservation system should continue till the Dalits (as well as Tribals, OBCs, Women, and Persons with Disability) are able to obtain government jobs in the same proportion as their proportion in the population. Further all Corporates - at least all those who have been given any concession by the government - should accept the reservation system. This should also apply, of course, to NGOs. But as long as the practice of untouchability exists, the children of the high ranking government officials would still have a legitimate right to demand affirmative action for them. But who can convince those who demand the abolition of reservations in the long run that their short run focus must be on the abolition of untouchability?
Of course if a certain kind of social political economic system was in place, most people could obtain equal opportunities without any need for affirmative action on the basis of caste etc.
with warm regards
PS: Can't we have a separate group (or at least a subgroup within the Jharkhand group if thats technically feasible) to to discuss issues related to religion, caste and ethnicity. Perhaps we are stretching the Jharkhand group too much and preventing serious discussion about Jharkhand (or greater Jharkhand if you like) from taking place as much as it should.