Column : Two-step India
That the Bill makes a mockery of reservations isn’t saying much. It is true, of course, the original scheme of reservations envisaged by the framers of the Constitution was for a short period of a decade, but we’ve done so much worse, each mockery seems just a minor step forward, ek dhakka aur de as it were. Reservations were for 10 years, we’re going strong at 65; BP Mandal used a sleight of hand to convert caste to class and NSS data shows that, thanks to the benefits got from reservations, OBC numbers have grown far in excess of what could be expected from natural birth rates—that means more people are declaring themselves to be OBCs to get the advantages the tag confers; reservations were meant for just entry-level college, we’ve extended them to even super-specialities with government and the judiciary besting each
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