After Maharashtra, now Madhya Pradesh raises reservation quota
By FINANCIAL EXPRESS 31-Jul-2019
There is, no doubt, a need to ensure that equal opportunities and equal access are made available to all communities. But, if this comes at the cost of one or the other section of the population—in the MP instance, just 27% of seats are available to those belonging to general categories, and there is no saying that this will not shrink further in the future—the government and the political class must realise that they are playing with a tinderbox. With ultras within the general category communities harvesting resentment because of reservation pressure, all sorts of extremism will come to the fore. In the latest instance, a sitting judge of the Kerala High Court spoke of how Brahmins are superior and “should always rule”, and called for the Brahmin community to agitate against “caste or communal reservation”, with some disclaimers about holding a constitutional post himself. But, prominent members across communities, including political leadership of the mainline parties, must realise that deepening caste divides is a fraught proposition. Instead of turning to reservation as a crutch, policy must consider the fact that it is access to education and improved learning outcomes—and PRICE data proves this—that becomes a great equaliser. The fact that reservation needs to be accorded at each step, from higher education to jobs to promotion, shows that quotas are simply not working. If the government were to invest more in early-life health and nutrition and invest in improving education infrastructure, with a focus on improving learning outcomes, India can get off the quota horse and its mad gallop.
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