When a baby is born, he or she is just a human not a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian. It is the family in which he or she is born determines his or her religion. Does it make any difference if one is a Hindu or a Muslim? The difference arises if we do not get the same opportunities to fulfil our dreams and realise our potential.
The so called reservations were introduced in India after independence. Dr. B.R Ambedkar was the pioneer behind this idea. It was justified as there was a lot inequality in our society. People did not have access to food, water, healthcare, education and jobs. So, to bridge this inequality and uplift their social status they were catergorised as SC, ST and OBC. Reservations were given in education, govt. Jobs and elections. But it was meant to continue for 50 years, but sadly this disease still exists in our society. Elections are won or lost on the reservation agenda. Political parties engage in caste politics to fulfil their ambitions. This also causes disharmony and spreads hatred among the citizens. Religious conflicts lead to loss of life and property. The questions we need to ask is can reservation solve our problems of poverty, unemployment and hunger? The answer is a big NO.
A student belonging to a rich family gets into IIT just because he belongs to SC and a Brahmin who is poor fails to secure a seat. Every other day we hear different communities demanding reservations. Reservation has become a status symbol these days. For things to improve we must rise above reservations. Reservation should be given on the basis of economic status. This would ensure that benefits are given to the deprived. By adopting a economic condition based reservation system, we can encourage fair competition. This would lead to hard work, perseverance and a desire for excellence. We can make India great all we need is a strong resolve.