A tweet uploaded by Anand Narasimhan who is currently working as an anchor at Network 18 has created a debate among the users of the micro blogging social media site. Through his tweet, he questioned whether the reservation system is still needed in India based on caste. He said that it’s time to consider providing the benefits of reservation to the economically weaker section.
Reservation is primarily given to all 3 groups which includes Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes abbreviated as SC, ST, OBC respectively. Originally reservation was only given to SCs and STs but was later extended to OBCs. As we all know, Reservation allows the Indian government to set reserved quotas or seats, which lower the qualifications needed in exams, job openings etc. for socially and economically backward citizens.
“Does India still need Caste based reservation? Why not move to blanket 50% reservation for EWS… with eligibility for all those who file their returns and anyone less than 8L p.a income but with no compromise on merit. Have Provisions/safeguards in place to prevent Creamy layer.” Anand Narasimhan said in his tweet which created a huge debate with people supporting and opposing his stand.
Here’s his tweet :
Does India still need Caste based reservation? Why not move to blanket 50% reservation for EWS… with eligibility for all those who file their returns and anyone less than 8L p.a income but with no compromise on merit. Have Provisions/safeguards in place to prevent Creamy layer.— Anand Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) June 8, 2021
Chandra Kumar Bose whose twitter bio says that he is a rights activist, said “Reservation must be based on economic reasons & not caste.” in his reply whereas many extended their voice saying “RESERVATION IS NOT A POVERTY ALLEVIATION SCHEME.”
“Reservations are not an employment guarantee scheme, it’s a way to achieve social justice. It’s about social justice for those who have been marginalised and oppressed for thousands of years and over generations.” one of them said to express his opinion.
Check out some of the reactions below :
Reservation is not a poverty alleviation programme my friend. It is an attempt to address thousands of years of caste based discrimanation. Poverty alleviation can help you afford a horse. Reservation is needed to empower you to ride that on your wedding through a UC village https://t.co/RdSDdDddE4— Mayur Shekhar Jha (@mayur_jha) June 9, 2021
Reservation must be based on economic reasons & not caste.— Chandra Kumar Bose (@Chandrakbose) June 8, 2021
Reservations are not an employment guarantee scheme, it's a way to achieve social justice.— meghnad 🔗 (@Memeghnad) June 9, 2021
It's about social justice for those who have been marginalised and oppressed for thousands of years and over generations.
Understand the difference between social justice abd economic justice , you are such an embarrassment for a grown ass man— 🇵🇸 پربھا 🚜 🏳️🌈 (@deepsealioness) June 8, 2021
You seem to be in a big hurry.— Atticus Balgit Finch (@malayaliatticus) June 8, 2021
It was only after 4000 years of this religion, and too out of a fear of conversions that backward caste folks were allowed in religious shrines and schools in the 1930-1950s. That too amid protests.
RESERVATION IS NOT A POVERTY ALLEVIATION SCHEME.— Thanoothu Vivasayi (@jeevanantham100) June 9, 2021
RESERVATION IS NOT A POVERTY ALLEVIATION SCHEME.
RESERVATION IS NOT A POVERTY ALLEVIATION SCHEME. https://t.co/lWGJSoYDnv
Your ancestors and mine benefitted from privileged caste quotas for centuries. Reservation is only a small way to address this huge injustice. Even 100 more years might not be enough It's not poverty alleviation. Read please. https://t.co/hesDw5b6Sb— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) June 9, 2021
Apologies in advance for swearing.— Pratibimba (@Pratibimba5) June 8, 2021
YOU'RE THE JOURNALIST. DO THE MOTHERFUCKING RESEARCH. Don't ask us to do it.
Some 'merit' this is!!! https://t.co/MFNC9hSC3i
To answer your question,yes. Also it's a settled debate in the constituent assembly. It's not your thatha's agraharam to change it whichever way you want.There are issues of social justice and Constitutional morality involved. You ought to abide by it. https://t.co/yw6F0VC88Z— Aaam Gopal Varma (@maamuism) June 8, 2021