ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reducing Caste Rivalry and Bitterness

I fully support Anand Teltumbde (June 23) in his call to revert to the original vision of reservations. This has the following implications, brought out by Teltumbde himself: (i) Reservations should not be confined to the public sector alone, but extended to the private sector too; (ii) Reservations should be confined only to the SCs and STs; (iii) A self-destruct clause should be inserted in the provision for reservations on the basis of caste so that the benefiting communities do not become addicted to the medicine, which is intended to be only temporary and should not be given to those who do not suffer from the concerned disabilities.

The self-destruct clause should be in-built and gradual over time, disqualifying beneficiaries from the scope of reservation as they rise above the downtrodden status in society. This means that the children of those SCs and STs who have education and income above a certain level should be excluded from the scope of reservations. This will make the benefits of reservation go only to those who really deserve, and the children of the poor SCs and STs do not have to compete with those of the elite SCs and STs.

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