When God created man, He did not
declare anyone to be superior than the other. All human are born equal. It
is man himself who has created these class and caste based distinctions.
If in the eyes of God, all of us are equal, then who has given man the
right to differentiate between us?
India faces an acute problem of such caste distinctions. Untouchability,
which according to law is a punishable offence, is still practiced in some
areas of our country. In terms of economy, perhaps India is a ‘developing’
nation, but when it comes to having an open mind and a rational outlook,
our country still has miles to go. We are certainly less developed.
Reservations – This issue has been in the limelight for quite some time
now. It caused a stir when it surfaced and initiated several protests and
debates. I personally am completely opposed to reservations in education.
Education is a fundamental right and every Indian citizen has the right to
obtain education. How can the government disregard this fundamental right
under the pretext of establishing equality? I certainly do not object to
giving opportunities to the underprivileged classes, but not at the cost
of another man’s rights. By reserving a large number of seats for the
underprivileged in colleges and other educational institutions, the
government is demeaning the efforts of those who have worked hard towards
achieving good results. This only shows that our country has no value for
genuine hard work. What kind of image are we projecting to the outer
One aspect that I strongly dislike is that we work in extremes. Either we
do nothing at all or we overdo it. Earlier the problem was that the
underprivileged were not being given equal opportunities, but now the
problem seems to be that they are given too many opportunities! When will
the government learn to draw the line between the right and the wrong?
Instead of resorting to such means, the government should channelise their
efforts in adopting certain other measures to bring about equality.
Education could be made compulsory at least up to the primary level and
monetary help should be provided to those who cannot afford it. This will
ensure that no deserving person is deprived of quality education and every
one is given a fair chance to come up and carve a niche for themselves.
The government should first develop equality on the economic front. Also,
eradicating poverty can solve several problems, but, sadly enough, the
government seems to have turned a blind eye to this aspect.
In conclusion, I would like to say that reservations in education will
solve no problems. If anything, it will only divide people even more. It
is now up to the youth of the nation to take up the responsibility to
eradicate this problem which has plagued our country.
Ashwati Thampi – Student of standard X
(Daughter of Ajitkumar
& Prema (Prima) Thampi)
Subha V (daughter of Vishwanathan V.N., PED) has scored 90.33%
aggregate in the HSC
2005-06 exams. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Sameer Bhatt who has scored 90% in the SSC