To have or not to have – Aarakshan
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What Happened: TTIS on 11th August had a whole lot of conversations between the tiger reporters and the Aarakshanteam. I read the whole post, and was totally moved by the quality of answers given by Sr. Bachchan. I was on my way to school then.Next, in the co-ordinator’s room was kept a Times of India copy, with the headlines Aarakshan. When it caught my attention, I suddenly popped up with the idea of showing it to all the students. Co-ordinator ma’m said, “First we have to see the movie. Are you a pro- caste system, or anti- caste system?” she asked thereafter. Without thinking I said, anti-caste system. I never thought what answer am I giving. But then after taking exit from the room, I realized I gave my right opinion.
Reservation for STs, SCs and OBCs in India, has been one of the much debated topics. Some say, that it contradicts the right to equality, where others say right to equality means equal opportunity and so it is justified. I say, it does contradict the right to equality.
Reservations for backward castes also gives them undue advantage. They tend to prepare casually for exams, and do casually get promoted. They study with the same study material, they give exams with a paper in front, and pen in hand. Then where is the problem? What I mean to say is, we don’t need reservations when these castes are not neglected. It is completely not justified for a 60% achiever who is a OBC to get a chance above a 92% achiever. It is neither justified if that same OBC scores 95% and goes unnoticed on the mark-sheet. As per the NCERT book, BR Ambedkar introduced reservations to make sure these castes dont get neglected. If we grow a little more moral, wise and moreover un-selfish, we don’t need such reservations. Also, if the system grows to be virginal, less corrupted, we have completely eliminated the debate. I asked us to change first, Charity begins at home.
Thus, I do feel for the backward castes, but my feelings are my way. Aarakshan is not the right way to feel for them.
Looking forward for Aarakshan, the movie.