So much hatred has been unleashed, unopposed and freely on Social Media these days about reservations that it blows my mind off. Everyone is against reservation, the so called Upper Class has been demanding the end of Reservation era since long. But has one ever wondered why?
These people are not against reservations, they are against the idea of reservation that doesn’t benefit them.
It just makes the gap more wide. They claim and shout upon their opinions stating why there is a need of reservation in modern era, specially when we have become hypocrites and do not openly discriminate people.
A place like India where more than 70 percent people live in villages, where there is a lack of education and basic amenities, where people haven’t progressed at all, they believe in those theories handed over to them by their parents; do you think they don’t discriminate? A Dalit was refused water from well recently in drought hit Vidarbha and he had to dug his own for what, just to fulfill his need. There are various examples and we all are aware, we just choose to shut our eyes and ears when these things happen because they dont concern us, they dont relate to us.
The more I look around, more I understand there is no correlation between literacy and wisdom.
If these people are really concerned about themselves, they should rather end casteism than questioning the whole concept of reservation.
The recent example of Tina Dabi is so fresh that it chills my spine and boils my blood at the same time. It is so easy to criticise, so easy to blame and so easy to spit on somebody’s success. AIR 1, in the most prestigious, most sought after and most difficult exam of India is no joke. Most of the people sharing those posts against her, cant even qualify for prelims in their lifetime and those are trying to defame an achiever is just so mediocre.
We have this peculiar habit of putting the blames of our failure onto something, someone; its an easy escape route to create an illusion that we are right.
I have a question to ask-
Will ending reservations, end Casteism?
The answer is very clear but we all will yet again choose to look away; it never concerned us. Whose responsibility is this?
Here is a nerve wrecking excerpt from HT Brunch in regard of a book ‘Baluta’ written by Daya Pawar-
” A letter came from Los Angeles. It had been written by an upper-caste Marathi chemist. From this letter, an untouchable poet in Maharashtra found out that Indians in America were treated like dogs. This, I imagine, was in the 1950s or early ’60s, before Ravi Shankar had played with the Beatles or Hollywood had used Gandhi to sell popcorn to millions.The poet reading the letter was Daya Pawar. Beside a dusty rose bush in what was then called Bombay, with the news on the radio close by, our poet read the letter. His joy made him cry. He sat down to write a reply. “I feel so damn good,” he wrote in Marathi. “Now, you’ve had a taste of what we’ve suffered in this country for far too long.”
Being a so called Upper caste in India, I cannot understand and feel the amount of trauma they go through.
While talking about casteism and reservations prevalent in India, someone jolted me with a statement- “suppose we are ready to give up our reservations which by the way is our constitutional right, will the upper caste parents accept us as the potential grooms for their daughters?”
The answer was right in front of me but I had no courage to speak or pull it out of my self. The solution is extremely easy, yet an overly slow one-You know how it starts, not being proud of something you were born with, like you caste. What is your role to be an upper caste? Did you earn it in any manner, and if you were lucky enough to be placed there without doing anything then use it in a manner to uplift the people around you. Remember you were blessed not to face the discrimination, so why not end it.
In the end a small piece of information for all those who think they are superior and ‘shastras’ say so:
(FROM VARIOUS SOURCES)
There was nothing like lower or higher varna in the Vedic period. The division of society in four varnas—Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Sudra—was based on the division of labour. Members of each Varna performed different functions (of priests, rulers and fighters, traders and serviles respectively), worshipped different dieties and followed different rituals but there were no restrictions on the commensal or social relations or even on the change of membership from one to other Varna.Later on, however, as we pass from the Vedic period (4000-1000 B.C) to the Brahmanic period (230 B.C. to 700 A.D), the four varnas came to be arranged hierarchically, with Brahmins at the top.