Last evening, I had just returned home after a long day at work and I was very tired. After changing clothes, as I was settling in chair to have some rest and a cup of tea, the wall clock sounded six electric gongs to indicate the hour. I thought of updating myself with what’s happening around in the world. I switched on the television as the hour was young and news channels were about to begin their news bulletins. But the very first news item that I watched made me feel disappointed. Very disappointed, in fact. The news footage showed hundreds of people from Jat community gathering to stop water supply to Delhi. They were shouting, on top of their voices, their demand of reservation for Jats in government jobs.
I am unable to understand where the reservation demanding people have sold their self-respect! Sometime ago folks from Gujjar community of Rajasthan created havoc during their agitation for reservation. They destroyed public property, burnt buses, blocked highways, stopped trains and what not!… They even threatened to bring the National Capital to a standstill if their demands were not fulfilled. Now, Delhi is being targeted by Jats —and they have taken the route of blocking water supply! All in the name of reservation!
I am too agitated to be able to find appropriate words for this kind of behavior. Who these people are? Don’t they have hands or eyes or legs? Can’t they work without the cover of reservation? Has their self-respect totally abandoned them? How could they beg like this? Can’t they prove they are worth their salt on their own? Why do they need these crutches of reservation?
Jats are threatening to block water supply during upcoming Commonwealth Games. Is this what our culture teaches them? Jats and Gujjars are among the people who blabber the most about Indian traditions. I can imagine them burning buses and creating havoc (don’t ask me why I can imagine this!)… BUT is it our tradition that we let others go thirsty (especially the foreign guests of our nation who will come to Delhi for Commonwealth Games)?
People must not depend on reservations but solely on their hard work. Nothing can stop a person if s/he is determined and hardworking. Those who are lazy and don’t want to work —they would live as a liability on society even if they get reservation.
The concept of reservation for backward sections of society is good. But now almost everyone wants this facility irrespective of whether they are backward or not. If the government says you are not backward —these people would force the government to recognize them as backward —as though being backward is a prize to be won! Personally, I don’t agree with the concept of reservation at all. Instead of reservation —backward communities should be given other kind of support and let them compete with the “general” category.
Many people might tell me that I don’t understand the need of reservation and that’s why I am saying all this stuff. Well, for those who don’t know, being a severely handicapped person I am jolly well eligible for reservation. Also, my family background has been quite lower middle class in terms of finance. But I never made the use of the reservation that I am entitled for. I always filled all the forms in “general” category. I never applied for a government job because even if I could get those jobs on merit —people would still think that I made use of my disabled quota status. I relied completely and only on my hard work and determination. And I guess I have reached somewhere if compared with where I had started from.
But certain people just don’t want to work hard. They only dream of getting a “cosy” government job and spend their life in “rest”. Yesterday it were Gujjars —today it is Jats —tomorrow there would be some other community that will ask for reservation. Then what would happen to the competitive spirit? The society would get only a not-so-good workforce. There is a relevant joke in circulation:
Indian Prime Minister told the US President “We are sending Indians to moon in the next year.”
The US President said “That’s nice. How many will you send?”
The Prime Minister replied “Well, we will send 70 people”
5 Sports person
and if possible 1 Astronaut
I personally know so many Indian people who, despite of all the hurdles, have lived a very meaningful life and contributed to the society so much. Poverty, physical health, backward society —nothing could stop them!
We must relinquish the crutches of reservation and, instead, we should stand on the feet of our determination, zeal for progress and self-respect.