I also played my bit by protesting against it as a head of Bajrang dal for my college.
After years the same issue clicked to my mind looking at reviews of to be released movie of big B with the name "AARAKSHAN". It forced me to rethink that, reservation is really a bad word.
Being young, we never apply much of a logic .But assess things looking at our benefit. After studying for 13-15 hours a day and getting 85-90%, we can't get admission to medical or engineering college whereas these people from reservation class gets admission even at 34% (Which are passing marks) and the funny thing is inspite of that the seats remain vacant in that category. We felt it is just a way for the government to secure their vote bank.
But, today being a part of a financial planning industry for more than 10 years, I come across different kind of investors from different classes with different needs. The one thing common amongst them is every one wants to give best education, infrastructure and facilities to their kids.
They get them admitted to best schools, will stand whole day to enroll them to coaching classes, make there study area perfect, provide costliest stationery, branded pens, best of food or a 2 wheeler - so that they can comfortable commute between coaching classes and school, clothing or everything for that matter is available at their disposal. If they ask for any thing related to studies, parents get them however costly they are. During these period they live a prince life.
But, when I thought of so called reserved class in this context, it changed my views about "AARAKSHAN".
Even, after working for whole day they are hardly able to take care of their livelihood in this inflationary period. However, they manage to study in a street light or a single bulb in the whole room, by having the minimal stationery or books and without any access to coaching class. The only thing which they get is government school (condition of which we know very well) or schools run by Trusts - Even they have became a money making machine and if there are some good ones left, they are always lack of funds to provide the best education.
Inspite of all the hurdles, if that child is able to continue his study and scores 45 to 50%, It means more than a distinction for him. He should for sure be given priority or motivation to continue the same and strive a better life in future.
Even thinking from social aspect, if we will not try to uplift them by providing certain reservation today, the difference will grow more and more with every passing day. The days are not far that instead of asking for food they will snatch it from us.
I quote "No one is born criminal, but the hunger makes a thief of any man " or "Poverty is the mother of Crime".Unquote
If we wish to live our life with security and comfort, we should try to help them by providing the environment and basic infrastructure, so that they can also grow with us. By compromising one hotel visit or a movie in a year we can help a child to pay his school fees for the whole year.
I wish while making a financial plan every one should set aside some portion of investments towards philanthropy to make the world a better place to live.