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Reservation policy

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Dear Sanjeev,
The reservation issue has been widely discussed in our country in the =
past and invariably all of us end up taking partisan positions. I think
before further discussions we should clarify some points in our minds, =

1.That our social organization has produced certain sections which are =

disadvantaged just because of their birth in a certain caste or =
community. This has happened over a large period of time and these =
prejudices have severely hampered the intrinsic potential of members of
these communities.
2.The reservation policy has not really achieved its professed goals. =
This can be judged from the fact that even after 50 yrs of Independence
when we have had this reservation policy in place, in one form or =
another, there is no community which can be said to have benefited =
enough to be removed from the list of those requiring reservations.
3.Rather, what has happened is that the Reservation policy has created a
new class of privileged class amongst the reserved categories, who have
sucked up  most of the benefits of the reservation policy, at the =
expense of the rest of their community members.
4. Also, reservations in higher education and technical institutions =
have led to alarming situations where students with very poor marks are
preferred only because they enjoy the benefit of reservations. To give =

an example, reserved candidates for Post Graduate courses in Medicine =
(MD and MS) in various state and central PG tests, gain admission with =

only 20% marks, where as those from the general categories with as much
as 60% are denied admission. This obviously helps no one except a few, =

undeserving candidates who will become Surgeons and Physicians only =
because they belong to a certain caste. Their final degree will show =
them only as MD or MS. Missing,from the eyes of their future patients =
(who would come from all castes and communities), would be the fact that
they secured only 20% of the marks, and missing too would be the fact =
that they belong to the 'elite' reserved class. In due course of time, =

and again, thanks to the reservation policy, they would become teachers
and professors in Medical Colleges, and with the benefits of reservation
policy, become Heads of their Department. This situation prevails even =

in premier institutions of our country like the All India Institute of =

Medical Science where young Doctors are heading their departments just =

because of the 'green channel' afforded to them by this policy!  In =
fact, things have come to such a pass that general category Doctors in =

India are finding it easier to complete FRCS in England than gain =
admission to a superspeciality course in India!!
5. Finally, one might ask where do the reservations stop? 50%, or, under
political compulsions, 100% as there is a proposal to amend the =
constitution and hike the reservation percentage above the limit set by
the Supreme Court. Also, the days of reservations, under political =
compulsions in the judiciary, armed forces and sports (so many =
percentage of cricketers must be from such and such castes!) may be with
us in the days or years to come. If one accepts the logic of =
reservations for Doctors, then why stop at just that?
6.Then, what is the answer? I think, it has to be that the government =
and the political parties have to take an apolitical view of the issue,
and agree to a policy which is best for the country, in the light of =
what has been achieved by the reservation policy so far. Some real steps
like free and compulsory education, access to better health care, better
social standards for society as a whole with the aim of achieving a  =
more caring, accountable, corruption-free and prosperous society may =
provide better answers to the plight of the underprivileged.

Anil Shukla.

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