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The Great Indian Reservation System
Manish Srivastava, who lives in a rented room in Delhi, is a dependent on his brother's salary. He is appearing for class 12th board examination this year. He wants to become an engineer. There are a total of five members in his family, Manish, his brother Rohan, his brother's wife and their two sons. Rohan, an 8th passed fellow, works in a small private company getting merely 10,200 rupees a month.

He also wants his brother to become an engineer. But the problem lies in between their income and expenses. He has to pay room rent, his family's fooding and his sons' school fees. Now, being an upper caste poor, Manish has to pay INR 800 for AIEEE prospectus while his friend, Sourabh, who falls under Schedule Caste and his father is in Government job earning more than 30,000 rupees a month, will have to pay merely 400 rupees for the same prospectus. 

Let's assume Sourabh and Manish as Staff Selection Commission aspirants. Here too, Sourabh will apply for free and Manish has to pay 100 rupees. If Manish gets 102 marks, he may not be selected and if Sourabh will get 85 marks, he has the chance to secure his place as he enjoys allotted SC/ST reservation.

And if this great 'Indian Reservation System' continues, the same will happen to millions of other upper caste poor and also, to their future generation. This reservation system is a racist system against upper caste poor and the alleged racists are government and politicians. 

It is not colonial period when independence and dependence was major problems. It is not that old India where so called 'Dalits' or untouchables were regarded as inferior. This is 21st century. India is aspiring to get into the list of developed countries and to become a super power. 

First it needs to discard this caste-based reservation system. Even after 67 year of independence, if you are not able to get out of the caste-based politics and reservation systems, you don?t deserve to be on the map of world as a free country. 

The reservation system was meant for bringing underprivileged classes at par with general class. It has been achieved at large extent. By allotting quota through reservation in various government jobs, a person with less knowledge than other person, gets into the job and other more eligible candidates were left out. 

Due to this, government is not able to create a workforce that could match or compete with global level. The all type of reservation and quotas should be strictly on economic basis, not on cast basis. It is unfortunate for India and as well as for Indians that they are not able to detect important use of reservation system. 

Reservation should be upliftment of people living below poverty line, either they are SC/ST/OBC or general caste, but it shouldn?t be to uplift any caste or religion. What the present reservation system of India now does is just opposite of what it should do.

A reservation quota in India is decided only for political benefits in election. Not a single party cares about the poor and their problem. They just need votes and they will allot any type of reservation quota for this. The day is not far when a men/women, having a cattle each, will block the rail and road transport in any part of the country demanding reservation and government will announce a new reservation system and quota in various government jobs and other institutions for people having a cattle in each family.

The time has come when India has to throw out the caste-based reservation system and implement a more reliable economy-based reservation system with strict rules so that no one can misuse this. And this will help more people because according to a World Bank report in 2010, 32.7 per cent of Indians live below international poverty line and as per 2010 United Nations Development Programme, approximately 29.8 per cent Indian citizen were living below national poverty line. 

According to a news report published in 'The Hindu' on 24th July, 2013, "While the Opposition pillories the Planning Commission for using a formal definition of poverty that ensures the percentage of people below the poverty line is lower than what it ought to be, the government has begun moving to a broader and more realistic de facto definition that will include roughly 65 per cent of the population. This notional poverty line will stand at a per capita expenditure of around Rs. 50 per day in rural areas and Rs 62 in urban areas."

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