Editorial

Poll fraud

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/12/2019 11:57:29 AM IST

 While the reservation issue for ST/SC as a national policy is being justified on the ground of providing an opportunity to jump the queue for the so-called economically deprived sections among the SC and ST, the economic and moral arguments are specious as the economy or ethical standards of conduct are not entities that exist in a vacuum. When those who feel they are not in a position to leverage the best they can out of the social system, they re-engineer it democratically or otherwise. One cannot pay lip service to democracy and impose the same social conditions that led to the disparate development in the first place. The reservation issue which has surpassed the 50% limit today is an abstraction layer that represents the reality of our society. It would be more enlightening if the issue of reservation has with it, the required data from surveys on the areas and people that are considered less developed so as to provide a broad picture for implementation of the policy. Unlike caste-based reservation that has with it certain history of bias and prejudices; reservations within tribal societies has more to do with their economic disparity. However, it should be acknowledged that reservations only serve the individual and not the society or community and the growth of a creamy layer has instead added another issue to it. This should be understood in the light of how quota is being sought to be increased; a situation driven by the fact that there are scores of communities within the ambit and with competitiveness increasing, the capability to absorb has also significantly decreased. As in other developed societies, the objective of any section is to increase its economic clout. The core issue is on building and preparing the youth and which is addressed through quality education. Even today, many colleges in areas that are economically less privileged, do not have full teachers and some do not even have infrastructures; not to mention roads that are not motor able for half the year during monsoon. While it may have served some usefulness; perhaps the issue of reservations need to be addressed through healthy discussions so as to identify the causes and factors for deprivations. It would be more than helpful if statistics on the demographic growth and distribution of wealth is documented for better acquaintance with the objective. Away from the issue of reservations for SC/ST could be highlighted if demands for ending the decades of quota policy was to be mooted. Would that be the end of the world for the affected or would further impetus for liberal central grant for education and research etc and development of such infrastructures be far reaching? The bottom line is that a country of a billion people cannot live up to its potential unless more people at the bottom of the pyramid are educated and equipped with tools that contribute to the overall development. The main issue of job is about creation and availability which the political parties seem not to be bothered since it is election year. Therefore, making it a political achievement is a fraud on the people because the upper caste today dominate the job market and giving reservation them more on the basis of economy is only promoting hegemony.

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