Why is there a need of Caste reservation? Hear it from a sociology teacher…So it was any other day in college. The students had taken their seats and were waiting for the socio teacher to come. Today they were going to study caste reservation. The teacher came into the class. The morning greetings were exchanged. Now the class started. The teacher gave each student a number. Some got five, some 50, others 500 and so on. Then the teacher told them to write as many numbers as they could following the number they had. While the students were wondering what was happening they started to do what they were told.
After five minutes the teacher asked all of them to put down their pencils. He looked at all the sheets and then gave a chocolate to the person who had got 500 saying that since he has got to the highest he deserved the prize. The other students said “But this is not fair. If we too had got a high number to start with we too would have reached a higher number.’’
The teacher smiled and said “This is exactly what I wanted you to realise. We say that ‘all men are born equal’. This is not actually true. People come from different economic backgrounds, different castes. In reality, the rich class has easy access to good education while the others do not. And that is where the caste reservation comes in…
If there is someone there who thinks that once the scheduled caste people become rich there life is easy listen to this. A person from the village came in search of job to Mumbai. After all “Mumbai is a land of opportunities”. He soon became rich through sheer hardwork and determination. After he had enough money to live in comfort for the rest of the days of his life he went back to his native village. To help the villagers he dug a borewell on his land. He was found dead the very next day. And why you may ask? He was killed by the rich “higher caste” land owners because they believed that a low caste has no right to dig borewell on his own land. So even his coming up in life didn’t change the way ‘the pure caste’ saw him. And the sad part is that a person’s caste is decided by birth.So while in Cities you mayn’t notice the caste system it is very much there.
An IT manager has said “the people who come to our companies through caste reservation and get trained remain loyal to the company. The money they earn as the first salary is a huge amount to them. Even a thousand makes them feel they have become rich.” We have something to learn from them don’t we? But Caste Reservation is just one way to gain equality. To gain proper equality more reforms have to be made. For eg. If a person gets a good position through Caste policy his/her son should n’t get benefits of this reservation. Instead the people who haven’t got the benefits should be given a chance.
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