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Is Reservations for SC/ST students really Degrees in Begging

I have always argued that those who call for reservations for the SC/ST students in India TOTALLY miss the point!

They want reservations for people who are not even prepared. Here is a telling example: This year the LAST person in the General category will have around 180 out of 480, while the CUT OFF for the SC/ST people it will be roughly around 90 (around 18%).

When the person who got in with just 20% marks coming in, do you think that person will be able to withstand the rigor of the curriculum of the IITs? The JEE test is created at the certain level FOR a CERTAIN REASON! It is created tough to get people who can handle the tough curriculum thereafter. All the IIT graduates you talk will testify that passing through the JEE was probably the EASY part of the entire deal. What follows is a tough study.

So, the ” 20% SC/ST” comes in but is pushed through the system with probably nothing more that a “Begged Degree” because he/she surely didn’t get the degree because he/she DESERVED IT. It was given because this person was born in a certain family. Is THAT what will give that person “Freedom” from inferiority? From a bad situations?

Isn’t it better to PREPARE the child who wants to go through the, say, IIT system and then help that person be able to study without any care for the expenses? That will be probably the best way to improve the lot of SC/ST future generations.

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Let’s admit that in India SC/ST and lower castes have been treated in a rather dastardly manner. It is our duty to help them come up from generations of discrimination. But is THIS the way?

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IIT cut-off falls to 18% for SC/ST students

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5 thoughts on “Is Reservations for SC/ST students really Degrees in Begging”

  1. behenchod again against the dalits…..you are saying in a country with 250 million dalits and we cant find enough dalits in the country to clear the iit jee whose fault is it?

    behenchod look at yourself and look at a dalit like me…you probably went to a good school in some city and got all the possible help

    look at me…studied in a government school, i am a first generation learner, constantly picked by my teacher, always scolding me, had a different pitcher to drink water from,not allowed access to the toilets in the school, was seated separately in class and during the mid day meals, there was an attempt to throw acid at me, my house was always far away from the village well, of course we never got to access the village well,How many upper caste men have had their eyes gouged out for marrying outside their caste?How many higher caste bastis have been torched and razed in land or other disputes? How many upper caste folk lose a limb or even their lives for daring to enter a temple? Discrimination dogs Dalit students at every turn, every level. As it does Dalits at workplace. my father was denied a burial in the common graveyard…thus no dignity in life and neither in death…

    behenchod maa chod denge…

  2. Certainly not! This is a way to make them beggars. This assures them degrees and jobs but not the respect they deserve as individuals, not the promotions and favoritism and social acceptance. Reservation if any should be based on economic situation of a person and definitely one should be given only what they deserve based on their capacity and not because they were born out of a certain caste. At the same time, not just caste based but otherwise too all kinds of discrimination should be removed from the society then.No name calling, no lobbying, no caste politics, no caste violence etc.
    People should rise above caste. Anyway people do not work according to caste system anymore, so I do not see a point even to have castes in Hindu religion anymore or should we start calling all the teachers and professors- pundits, all the army navy airforce – Kshatriya and all the businessman Vaishya and all the fourth class employees The Shudras. Well even if we do that, there ought to be no discrimination between them, no politics and everyone should have respect and should be able to mingle with everyone else without any embarrassments. Then I think it would be totally fair. Same thing should be applied towards religion, mentally handicapped, poor, women etc. No discrimination.Thanks for bringing this up.
    garima

  3. Certainly not! This is a way to make them beggars. This assures them degrees and jobs but not the respect they deserve as individuals, not the promotions and favoritism and social acceptance. Reservation if any should be based on economic situation of a person and definitely one should be given only what they deserve based on their capacity and not because they were born out of a certain caste. At the same time, not just caste based but otherwise too all kinds of discrimination should be removed from the society then.No name calling, no lobbying, no caste politics, no caste violence etc.
    People should rise above caste. Anyway people do not work according to caste system anymore, so I do not see a point even to have castes in Hindu religion anymore or should we start calling all the teachers and professors- pundits, all the army navy airforce – Kshatriya and all the businessman Vaishya and all the fourth class employees The Shudras. Well even if we do that, there ought to be no discrimination between them, no politics and everyone should have respect and should be able to mingle with everyone else without any embarrassments. Then I think it would be totally fair. Same thing should be applied towards religion, mentally handicapped, poor, women etc. No discrimination.Thanks for bringing this up.
    garima

  4. Thanks, Garima! I totally agree with your points. If you read Gita, you will notice that the comment there on Varnas is an analytical statement – as in, in a society, there are four types of work groups.. and they are of people who take up vocations based on their inherent personalities and choices.

    What was an analytical or statistical statement – became a normative statement – society has to have these four! So society does NOT need to be “formally” divided into any castes or varnas. It is already. And there is no need to perpetuate any one of it. It was just an observation on society not a prescription for it!!

  5. Thanks, Garima! I totally agree with your points. If you read Gita, you will notice that the comment there on Varnas is an analytical statement – as in, in a society, there are four types of work groups.. and they are of people who take up vocations based on their inherent personalities and choices.

    What was an analytical or statistical statement – became a normative statement – society has to have these four! So society does NOT need to be “formally” divided into any castes or varnas. It is already. And there is no need to perpetuate any one of it. It was just an observation on society not a prescription for it!!

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