Emergence of the new minority – the Indian equality

P.S. – While this may hurt,baffle or possibly incite hordes of people, it isn’t meant to be so. It isn’t intended to be an inflammatory or a hate speech. Neither am I going to launch a political party – although I firmly believe, if that was the case, I would be able to garner votes of a few new-age minority Indians..
So why am I writing this in the first place?
For I know, if a reservation-less India were to begin to see daylight, it will definitely not be before I breathe my last.

So? If the world ever ponders as to why the brain-drain ever happened, one of the prime factors that rarely got attention would be this Indian equality.

Yes, in India it is fair to see the child who wins the running race not win the trophy while he watches another player snatch it from his hands. Why? Because that Winner was shy, because he needs to be encouraged, he needs the attention, the push, the support. Hear the words of one such unreserved Indian.

Developed countries like USA, UK, South Korea aren’t just the epitome of democracy rather they are exemplary specimen of meritocracy where there is one thing that reigns supreme at the end of the day – your merit, most times :p. I pity those shy (read “reserved”) people – for once the bubble of reservation breaks – the transition is going to be as daunting as it is for an alien on earth.I then begin to realize – how pointless it is to enter into the competition with a clear-cut psychological, social and administrative disadvantage! How worthless it is to compete with those who aren’t on a “level playing field”?  It feels like a game where the bold (read “unreserved”) are left handicapped, blown to the smithereens by the heavily equipped reserved!

In cricket and football, reserves are meant to be a group of players who serve as a backup to the playing 11. However in India reserves only have single definition – the oppressed,humiliated, offended class of citizens who now have received their “due”, their rightful status in the society.

In this era, where Prime Minister of a nation goes to New York, Sydney, Japan and other such developed countries – when he calls upon N.R.I.s to come back to their motherland and serve her – its essential to stem the growing number of men (tired and frustrated by red-tapeism, corruption, reservations, conflicts, lack of opportunities and low standards) from leaving the nation.

It feels as if the only minority that remains is the open category.

Admissions to nursery, school, high school, colleges, employment opportunities in government offices – well, the list is endless.

“Thee should suffer for thee deserve to beest punished “

Education and employment – the 2 most quintessential parts of everyone’s life! When you pour in caste, creed, religion in it – I wonder how bad the fire will burn!

If you see a boy from rural areas with no facility of education or external coaching, studying on his own and getting respectable marks and then taking the benefit of the reservation – you feel proud about the machinery and thank the Gods for the same. But the harsh reality is – we find countless individuals who come from the same economic background and  similar educational facilities in terms of school and coaching – getting lesser marks yet still end up taking the seat just because of that devilish cursed piece of paper!

Such instances make you wonder – the days of “Knowledge is power” are long-lost and replaced by what Cersei from Game of Thrones rightly says – “Power is power.”

Money, contacts, power – secrets to scale heights in this rotten, corrupt, inefficient system of ours! In schools, from day one, we are taught equality in all forms – gender , caste, creed, race and religion – that all men are created equal and stand equal in front of all Gods! I fail to understand where has this word perished – equality?

Or has reservation become a new dimension of equality?!

Is the so-called “upliftment of the oppressed” (and every wrong thing that’s carried out under this name) a new definition of equality for India?! Is this what United Nations Declaration of Human Rights talk about?! Malpractices have been carried out for years – Moguls tortured us, Britishers dehumanized us (if there ever was a term for treating a human as inhumanely as possible) – all Indians were left wrecked. But we missed the plot when we started focusing on what ought not be – a “collective”, “united”, “impartial” and peaceful march towards growth and development never happened. It was always about every sect, caste ,religion of the society glorifying their pains, sufferings enough to get them the reservations they badly wanted – to pacify and nurse their bruised and battered egos! The already lazy, laid back people got an impetus with this so called boon – “reservation”. The end result – stalled growth rate and overall lull thanks to the ever-so-alive wild-fire owing to the clash between the clans.

If the deserved get reserved, each Indian would be happy. Most importantly India would prosper.

Harsh reality is – hardly does that ever happen.Once a reserved class, you always be a reserved class. Bad habits seldom die, they say. Who will ever forsake the privilege?
These reservations were introduced in the constitution out of compassion and concern for the oppressed with a consensus that – after a stipulated time frame (which unfortunately remains a gray area) these will be gradually rolled back and removed.

Rollback? It threatens to spiral out of proportion. The demands of the Patel community is a testimony that once you distribute chocolates to a few people on the basis of everything sans merit, gradually every single breed will jump to demand their rights.

Laws are tweaked, modified, pushed in or pulled out by the ministers in the Parliament which does not come under the ambit of a common civilian. However, it’s high time that an honest analysis is done by everyone, by every single Indian.

Injustice breeds injustice. An act to benefit the needy has for years been reduced to an act to benefit the mighty. You don’t employ the same strategy if all you get out of it is hapless results and lackluster performance. Bottom-line is all that matters. Failure in execution = Total failure. An act gone wrong needs immediate attention.

It’s time to redefine the Indian equality. It’s time to redefine equal opportunity. It’s time to create a level playing field for all. Zero reservations which are based on caste and creed will actually lead to many new highs – an honest and fair competition – every single candidate will shed that sluggishness, laziness given by the “boon” of reservation. For the economically backward it does make sense to provide them incentive and backing to promote sense of well-being however that is subject to deliberation.

We all want to see a greater, grander and better India. India which sheds its past evils – biased laws, corrupt practices, ineffective verdicts, crony capitalism et al. India which embraces pure morals and ethics in all its spheres – honesty, equality, punctuality and humility.
Meritocracy and not just democracy is the need of the hour. The onus is on us, the Indians to uphold it or to continue to withhold the power that can galvanize India.

Towards an unreserved Bharat!


69 thoughts on “Emergence of the new minority – the Indian equality

  1. Totally agreed with you !
    The deserved should get reserved.

    I feel really bad for shy people….as bold even though having their potential to do, they used to take the advantage of the boon. 😦

    Must say well written !!


  2. Very well written. A couple of points were spot on. Especially with the current demand of jat reservation and the already granted patel reservation, truly in the coming days, “the unreserved will be the minority”. Hopefully the scene will change and change shall begin soon!


  3. Very well written Chaitanya! Really thought provoking!
    But with the current situation in our country reservation by caste can never be abolished for we know votes are gathered by wooing castes and not by candidate’s capabilities. These days granting caste based reservation is the hot idea to get votes. Sad reality!


  4. Beautifully written… i am sure many feel the same way as you do but having the courage to expressing these views out to the world is worth appreciating!


  5. Very well written..🙌🙌
    The thoughts of an unreserved articulated really well..Hope for a change for the generations to come..


  6. This is the major thought that goes in our mind while writing any exam….and with society already going through a change we all hope it happens soon.
    Written very well and to the point!!


  7. A real eye opener! Its is a smashing piece of writing. If this system of reservation goes on, who knows someday the General class might become a minority.


  8. Great article! Completely resonates with my views on the same, but never had the courage to write it out! Well articulated, good going!


  9. Extremely well written bud, you’ve reflected the harsh reality in the most subtle way one can. You’re excellent man, keep it up!
    Keep me updated about your upcoming articles.


  10. I strongly opposed the reservation system and believed that if there were any kind of reservation that should be present, it should be for the economically backward classes .
    But then I spoke to one of my friends who belonged to a backward class and she told me that there still are various kinds of discriminations that take place based on the caste ONLY ! Yes , I was shocked too .. maybe there is too much if we look closer ..
    So now the only thing that seems a lot more logical is trying to remove the entire caste system .. not only the reservations for them ..
    But definitely we all have opinions..
    And yours is put fourth greatly 🙂


  11. The harsh truth amazingly written attacking the most needed area’s of action. But like you said it was meant to rollback after a few years but it didnt because the political parties used it as a leverage for votes. Also if anyone wants to try to eliminate it smoothly even they have to look at the votes before they take any action because for them thats all that counts.
    Reservation bills should not be parliamentary rather judiciary so no politics can be played with it.


  12. This is what everyone needs to understand, a lower caste candidate is not always the one who “deserve” to be “reserved”. The time has changed, laws which were made to support rural education are now actually “stereotyping” them, a lower caste candidate’s prime target is 50-60 % because he/she knows that its “equal” to 90 % of an open category student. So why the “shy” will work so hard to get 90%, when he/she is getting the same after scoring 50%. The same even applies for the government “scholarship” schemes. The one who needs it never gets it. Hats off to you Chaitanya, your words have the power to glorify the “Truth”.


  13. Very well written and i strongly agree on the point that reservations should not be on the basis of caste and religion…hope for the change soon:)


  14. Excelent article..!!!
    Great thought Chaitanya..Change is really the need of upcoming generation..Due to reserved system many deserving candidate don’t get the place that they deserve which may lead to depression of candidates.
    Hope for the best…!!!


  15. Very well said !…Its high time people like Hardik Patel start working hard instead of demanding for reservations!


    1. Yes, true. While I concede that Hardik Patel’s second demand was complete removal of reservation system….His first demand aligns him with the other reserved ones…


  16. Great points made.
    The need to ‘reserve’ reservation for the economically backward is the need of the hour.
    Overall,it was a great read.
    Well written!


  17. Well written! Echoes the sentiments of all open students. Unfortunately any attempt in the direction of eliminating this reverse discrimination will result in riots, I don’t see the situation changing in the near future. I like your start. Great writing !


  18. Perfectly nailed to the point!
    So much relates to the life of we students who find it difficult securing admissions
    This change is the need of the hour !!


  19. The reason the government made this system for, has been surely exploited and the drawbacks of it were talked about very well.
    Keep up the good work.


  20. Glad to see like minded people.. I have constantly been arguing about the idea of doing away with the reservation completely but the people who are at an advantage fail to see the greater good.. which I feel is majorly out of fear of competition. I feel this be a more aggravating issue in medical field where it has a direct impact on the health of the people. Zero reservation based on caste is definitely the way to go.


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