Initially the Hindu religion did not have any caste system. The caste system appeared over thousands of years primarily when the Hindu religion started losing its momentum. It became very oppressive in the beginning of the second century AD. The revival of the Hindu religion was started by Sant Kabir, Sant Ravi Das, Guru Nanak Dev, Shri Chaitanya and others. This revival was given further impetus by the Bramho Samaj, Prarthana Samaj, Arya Samaj, Rama Krishna Mission, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, ISKCON and others. Despite these attempts to cleanse and revive the Hindu religion, the caste system is still very oppressive even after more than 70 years of independence. The caste system remains a heinous crime.
To alleviate the wretched conditions of the oppressed castes, the great Baba Saheb Ambedkar wanted a system of affirmative action for a limited period. He hoped that during this period the oppressed classes would get uplifted and would merge with the main stream of the society; but, alas, this has not happened.
The present generation of power hungry and shortsighted politicians in India (whose predecessors divided India after a genocide to satisfy their hunger for power) are again busy dividing the society by inventing new castes and sub castes. They are also surreptitiously increasing the percentage of reservation to a level higher than the maximum prescribed by the Supreme Court. Some of these power hungry wolves are even demanding reservations for dalit Muslims and dalit Christians, even those these religions are supposed to be casteless.
These politicians, masquerading as servants of the nation, are even demanding reservations in the private sector. These vote-hunters know that the revenues generated by the private sector run the Nation and are also used to generate the huge amounts of power and pelf enjoyed by them, and that the system of reservation alone cannot earn revenues for the nation. Still they are clamouring for reservations in the private sector to score short term brownie points.
The Parsi and Bohra Communities in India
There are only 70-80 thousand Parsis in India. They are the most miniscule minority community in India. Do they clamor for reservations? They are the most advanced of all the communities in India; because most of them are properly educated. Look at their contributions to the industrial, education and health sectors in India.
The Bohras are the most well off and advanced community among the Muslims in India. They do not clamour for reservations. The Bohras too have significantly contributed to the industrial, commercial and education sectors in India.
Our power hungry politicians must realize that proper education, and not only reservations, will uplift and integrate all sections of the Indian society. Conversely by increasing the scope of reservations without proper diligence, we are stymieing the growth of talent in India.
Should reservations be applicable to the following fields?
- Children of SC, ST, OBC etc. IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS, senior public and private sector officials, armed forces officers, judges, senior teachers of higher secondary schools, colleges and universities, doctors, chartered and cost accountants, architects etc. have ample access and facilities for good education. So, should such children be covered under the reserved categories?
- Teachers build a nation. While it is necessary to recruit teachers from the reserved categories, shouldn’t there also be a high enough bar on their education qualification and acumen so that teachers are able to discharge their teaching duties properly?
- Judiciary is one of the pillars of our democracy. Judges have to discharge their judicial duties singly at courts lower than that of the High Court. Even in some High Courts, there are single judge benches. Even in division benches, all the judges shall have to be very proficient in judicial matters. Should reservations be applicable to the judiciary?
- Doctors operate singly from their chambers. If they are not proficient in medicines or surgeries, they may unintentionally endanger the lives of their patients. Should reservations be applicable to medical courses?
- Should reservations be applicable to institutions engaged in developing cutting edge technologies?
How to uplift the conditions of the SC, ST, backward and all underprivileged and poor sections of the society
The main cause of backwardness is the lack of proper education, and this is due to the poverty coupled with lack of opportunities in such families. In my village there are Brahmin families whose children are forced to drop out of schools without completing school education, because their parents are poor. So, the children of all poor families, irrespective of castes and religions, shall have to be given free and intensive education and coaching/guidance to enable them to get a proper and wholesome education. Vocational courses have to be popularized. Agricultural and industrial sectors have to be developed to increase employment opportunities.
Our motherland India is, unfortunately, a land of scandals. The first major scandal in independent India was the "Army jeep scandal” and since then major scandals have been taking place regularly. Most defense purchases are scandal ridden. Lootings of public sector banks have been going on for decades. Many scandals may never get unearthed because of the business man-politician-bureaucrat nexus. All political parties maintain their parties and fight elections mostly with black money. So, these parties, although they always preach honesty, are not really interested in reducing corruption in India. Politics is a very lucrative profession in India.
I had suggested some methods on how to reduce the level of corruption in India in my first blog and sent copies to certain constitutional authorities in India. I am sending copies of this blog to the same constitutional authorities hoping to resurrect their consciences.
I am running 81 years and I have no intention of hurting your feelings. If you feel hurt, I apologize to you.
May our motherland India be free from the scourge of the caste system.