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Does the new India really want to get rid of atrocities based on casteism or just the reservation based on caste system?

Recently, the Union cabinet approved of 10 percent reservation in Government jobs and education to the economically weaker section of the general category. Economically weaker section of Indian society refers to the families that have income less than Rs. 8 lakh annually. This includes both professional and agricultural income.

Reservation based on Low Income Vs Caste based reservation

The above move by the union government was lauded by many as a step towards the betterment of India that is based on logic. The logic that the economically weaker section cannot afford education and those are the ones that terribly need a job after education to help their families grow.

Many people think that reservation based on caste system should be uprooted from the Indian society. This is because they think that the so-called lower sections of this system have become rich and they are leading a perfectly normal and affluent lifestyle. But is this case true?

‘Casteism and Corruption’ Session

MIT World Peace University held a three-day program on 18th January 2019. It was the 9th Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad meet. One of the sessions organized, was based on the ‘Casteism and Corruption’. Many influential personalities speaking on the issue, gave the idea of what really is happening in the society.

Jignesh Mevani, Vadgam (Gujarat) MLA and a prominent youth leader pointed out that the casteism was a blot on democracy. He said that people do not want to admit and acknowledge the issues of the casteism.

He showed the grim face of the reality saying that everyday Dalit women are raped and individuals are murdered due to their caste in various parts of India. This might not be visible in the lavish cities where you live but can be prominently seen in towns and villages even to this day.

He added in his speech, whenever the question of casteism is raised, Dalits have to face counter questions about ‘Why reservations should be continued?’

Reality check on casteism and caste-based reservation

The question many people ask is- why the lower caste people or Dalits still need the reservation? They go to the extent of gathering like-minded people and taking out rallies asking for the removal of caste-based reservation.

But, how many Indians really wish that the whole of the caste system of India needs to quash? Well, that percentage might be too low!

Most of them are comfortable with the caste system and the privilege it brings them. Be it the respect in the society or the royal treatment they get just being belonged to some upper caste. Many proudly flaunt their caste as some achievement while some lower caste person has to still hide their caste due to the fear of unfriendly treatment he/she might receive.

People often ask to quash the reservation based on caste system but not the whole caste system itself. They want to think logically that the low-income people must get the reservation but many won’t bat an eye towards the lower caste women that are raped, tortured and sometimes killed too just because they are “Dalit”.

Many are still picked and judged based on their skin color (lower caste people tend to have darker complexion compared to upper caste individuals). We still read about absurd incidents like people cleaning whole wells in villages just because some Dalit person touched the water from it, not allowing particular sect people in temples and such.

Conclusion

Many parts of Indian society have adjusted to the idea of accepting the Dalit people as humans. There are still major sections of the society where the fix is needed.

It’s time to understand why the caste based reservation was introduced in Indian society in the first place and act accordingly. The move by the union government to provide 10 percent reservation to the economically weaker sections of the society is applauding. But India still hasn’t reached the stage where complete removal of caste-based reservation is valid.

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