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Economic reservation mocks the ameliorative spirit behind the system

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12.02.2019

Though the decision of the Narendra Modi government to grant 10 per cent reservation for the general category appears to be a political gimmick to appease upper castes in an election year, it is actually a historic ploy to turn back the wheels of social justice. Assuming that it clears legal hurdles, it will create double jeopardy for the SC, ST and OBC categories, besides pitting the poor in the general category with the middle class (with annual income upto Rs 8 lakh). The decision makes a mockery of the spirit behind the quota system.

Reservation is not a poverty alleviation scheme. Affirmative action came into existence to provide adequate representation for the untouchables, who were historically discriminated against. Tribals and OBCs, who were at the bottom of the caste system, have also been granted the benefit.

The ancient caste system worked in favour of the upper castes (15 to 20 per cent of population), which have traditionally monopolised scholarship, priesthood and dominated trade/industry. The quota system prescribed in the Constitution sought to render........

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