Apr 27, 2011

New reservation policy for novel caste plague in future India

The year is 2047.

Shri Ramprasad Singh woke up early in the morning, went for his regular walk in the neighborhood, took bath, dressed up in his traditional white cotton shirt and pajamas and was ready for his duty.

The Congress party office, of which he is a member since the day he was born, is located just a few blocks away from his house, where the party men are already waiting for him to command. Shri Ramprasad Singh spoke to his party members briefly, met few common men before he took the party's car to the Parliament of India. He had been recently taken the oath as the new education minister and had promised to revolutionize the Indian education, following the successful lines of his great-grandfather, Shri Vikram Singh.

Shri Ramprasad Singh entered the parliament, signed in the attendance register, entered the lower house and sat in his reserved place, next to the Prime Minister's seat. He waited until the house members are seated, and the speaker started the day's session.

Honorable Speaker Ji, Respected Prime Minister Ji, Respected Congress chairman Ji, Honourable Ministers and Respectable members of the parliament. I, Ramprasad Singh, stand in front of you, to address one of the most important issues affecting the lives of millions of common man today.

As you all are aware of our victorious past, my great-grandfather, Shri Vikram Singh, envisioned a casteless India by introducing reservations for the poor and low caste people, enabling millions of common man an access to high-class education. As a result, India was freed from the caste roots which has plagued us for a millennium!

While we were rejoicing at the success of our past, we failed to notice that the problem had indeed evolved into a new level today. The caste system has resurfaced again, in its modern kind, which needs to be addressed critically at the earliest.

Every time I see the upper caste people oppressing the low caste aam aadmis, my heart bleeds. I always feel that I have a duty to perform, to uplift the life of low caste people and give them a sense of dignified life. We have always taken refuge on reservation policies whenever we face a caste-based problem. My great grandfather's success is a good example to this.

Hence, to protect the large interests of millions of low caste aam aadmi's of our country, new reservation policies have to be written, keeping the present problem in our mind. In the new policy, the present Government proposes 50% reservation quota for the common man born in history/ arts or other low caste community. Of the remaining 50%, 25% will be reserved for science caste families to provide access to the engineering/ medicine/ business administration colleges/ universities.

In order to eliminate the novel caste plague, the present Government will also support intercaste marriage between upper caste engineering/ medicine/ business administration communities, backward class science communities and scheduled caste arts/ history and other communities, and will extend the reservation policies to their children.

On our centenary Independence Day celebration, I wish to liberate our country from the clutches of novel caste plague, just like my great-grandfather envisioned. Jai Hind!