I was forced by my mother and few of her bank executive friends to fill up the application form for a clerk position at SBI, you know they take up the aptitude tests and blah to get selected. I was reluctantly filling up the form while I could have done something useful maybe written a blog on how I want to change our Indian Education system, well I will come to that later right now let us concentrate on filling our application form for the clerk position. I had to stop at a place where I usually do while filling any kind of application form.
Caste - General/OC/BC and somemore Cs. I selected general and the moment I did that all the other privileges that the other castes had were disabled. People who do not belong to the general category get to attend training sessions on how to crack this exam. This popped a question in my mind, it was just obvious and I have very less control over my mind during these instances by giving a special "free" training to these "Special" people do they mean to say that they have a brain that is smaller than ours or their thinking and grasping abilities are a tad lesser than we normal general people? When a person from general category can crack the exam without training why these special people can’t? Will the bank have a person who is not really very capable then?
As per the Indian Government, “Reservation is an affirmative action designed to improve the well being of perceived backward and underrepresented communities in India. These are laws wherein a certain percentage of total available slots in educational institutes and government jobs are set aside for people from backward communities. Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) are the primary beneficiaries of the reservation policies, while there are also reservation policies for women." I presume this was brought into effect because the Government assumes that these people are under privileged and do make quite a lot of money so they should be given an opportunity to study or get a job. Does this mean the people who are from general category are stinking rich and money is never a concern to them? They anyway have a lot in abundance, right! Funniest part of this is you give them milk they ask for cookies. We talk about rights to equality and at the sametime give perks to people based on their caste.
How does Government assess if a person is underprivileged? If they say money, I can show n number of families that are underprivileged and are still under the general catergory because of their caste. While the candidate who has a reservation tagged on him, he gets pampered and these general students are forced to put in extra hardwork to get into that prestigious engineering or medical college just so they can see their upper class underprivileged family happy.
Education is a platform that doesn't require reservation! Any student who is an intellect should be able to get into the college he wants. What's caste doing in education? By giving the seat to a person who's scored lesser than another just because he ticked an option other than general pulls down the chances of another deserving candidate. This puts him through a lot of emotional trauma and shakes his confidence. Let the students compete without reservation and the one who deserves gets in, the one who doesn't should be allowed to do something he can do.
If there is something I think should be changed around us and is the need of the moment it is this, remove reservation and deciding what someone should have in life based on caste! Give equal rights to everybody, let's have a fair share! Let my competitor know the real hurdles I had to cross, let them be genuine to themselves and know what hard work means! Let's not judge the talent of a person based on the caste he/she comes from, let it be based on his ability and knowledge!
After all, all of us know (I hope) that a human brain weighs 3.1 pounds the caste of a person doesn't matter, God was not biased!
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