How Long More Should India Suffer Caste-Based Reservations, Politics?

That IIT-Madras Students are a Party to Perpetuating it is not a Welcome Augury

The polemics over the derecognition of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) by IIT-Madras has made me wonder how long more India will have to suffer caste-based reservations.

ambedkar-periyar-study-circle.jpg If the group’s aim was to promote a scientific temper and rational thinking among students, going beyond religious and caste considerations, I will have thought it was a welcome initiative.

Instead, it appears to me that they are trying to play politics, promoting divisions and rancour among students.

It is just not about freedom of expression although I find it hard to believe that IIT-M acted on its own without instructions from the HRD Ministry, given that the APSC has been critical of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.. The

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes today issued a notice to IIT-M, seeking clarifications on the derecognition of the group.

Meritocracy Critical for Development: Having made it to the IIT, the students will have done the nation a favour by encouraging meritocracy in the interest of the country. Reservations were introduced for a reason, to bring about social justice and end oppression. But that cannot go on forever.

Having made it to the IIT, the students will have done the nation a favour by encouraging meritocracy in the interest of the country. Reservations were introduced for a reason, to bring about social justice and end oppression. But that cannot go on forever. iit-apsc-meet-1.jpg

It is time now for India to think of a time-bound plan to phase out reservations. The APSC only appears keen on perpetuating reservations, going by what I see through their posts.

It is time also to reflect on the harm caste-based politics has done for the country. This is one issue where Mr Modi is right – seeking support for a system based on merit.

Politicians exploiting casteism, capturing power and ripping States apart to loll in luxury with little respite for the poor are indications that the lower echelons of society are only serving as vote banks.

My earlier post on the issue — https://joslinv.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/iit-are-bad-days-ahead/

G Joslin Vethakumar

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