Hitler and reservations
Free speech and democracy are two things that are very close to my heart. I know that sounds very cliched, but that's the way it is. I cherish free speech. What I mean by free speech is the right to voice your opinions in a public forum without having to fear for your safety. I don't confuse free speech with the right to blabber whatever nonsense you like and the right to offend people left and right with what you say. Free speech and respect must go together. The whole with every right comes a responsibility thing.
I find Hitler worship disturbing for two reasons.
- It shows a lack of respect for human life. In my book the holocaust cannot be dismissed as just a "horrible thing" that Hitler did. It was atrocity unlike any ever seen before.
- It means that history is being forgotten. As we forget history, we forget lessons that we learnt from it. Already we're seeing consequences of that today.
he [Hitler]will support the uppercast ppl tho ::D)
Another question asked is -why reservation? Why not reservation based on income? What about the poor of the upper classes? Should they not have reservation too? I think we need to look back at why we have reservations in the first place.
The caste system has been a part of India for millenia now. The lower classes were highly suppressed. They had no voice- they were not seen, they were not heard. Generations of this resulted in a subdued, voiceless people who did not even see that they should be looking for a way to break the bond. Reservations were put in place to educate these masses and through education enlighten and empower them. Because these masses were impoverished, the cost of their education was borne by the government. However, this does not mean that reservations were put in place to provide subsidised education for the poor. They were there to break a mindset and to free a people. This was not an indefinite thing- it was for until the people were able to see what they could be. It was for until there was no opposition to the idea of education.
Reservation is not for creating a level playing ground between the rich and the poor. We've all heard this at one time or the other- " The poor SC/ST students have no access to expensive coaching centres for enterance exams. So they are less equipped than other students. The playing field must be levelled by reservation". And they're told in return that there's a large number of higher caste, poor students too and they don't get any reservation. For those who cannot afford higher education, reservation is not the answer. What we need for them is more scholarships and education loans. Just because a family is poor does not mean that education is not valued there.
Now, how do we know when the old mindset has been broken? One way to look at it, and possibly the only practical way, is the economic condition of the person. Take this into account and the same questions start being asked. Reservation with a creamy layer seems to be the answer to me. Reservations are necessary, but they should reach the target population. This is often not happening today.