To replace the caste-based reservation with economic-based reservation is another attempt by Brahmins to preserve their concealed supremacy. Other than attempting to annihilate caste, they are trying their best to modify reservation as per their own requirements.
Primarily, one should understand the divergence between poverty and discrimination. Even poorer sections discriminate. Discrimination and no relation with poverty and the Brahmins and upper caste coincide both for their own opportunities.
Reservation would naturally be granted on economic grounds if each and every person was treated equally in India. Poverty has no caste but will the poor Brahmins and upper caste permit their sons and daughters to love and marry Dalit girls and boys? Either they will abandon or kill them.
According to a report from BBC –
As the glass flew across the room and straight into the wall, a dozen or so men stopped drinking their tea. Dr. Vinod Sonkar threw money on the counter – enough for the tea he drank – and the glass he had smashed – and walked out. For years, he says, he worked hard to leave behind his childhood of poverty, abuse at school and teasing at the university. By the time he had walked into the Rajasthan tea shop, he had turned his life into a success story. He had a PhD in law and teaching position at a Delhi University.
Yet, as the shop owner handed him his tea, he asked him what caste he belonged to.
“I am a Dalit,” Dr. Sonkar said.
“In that case, wash your glass when you’re done,” the shop owner said.
“He didn’t want to touch whatever I had touched. I made it impure. I’m untouchable.” says Dr. Sonkar.
A hard earning shop owner discriminating a PhD holder this way leaves the apparent answer that what would happen if those people would be privileged with reservation.
The economic crisis couldn’t wipe out the discrimination from their minds and they continuously ask reservation on economic grounds?
The well educated upper caste do not come forward to revoke the caste system rather than trying to suppress the caste-based reservation each and every moment.
I have my thoughts with the marginalized people but the caste-based reservation cannot be replaced with privileges for them. There can be more and more government schemes for them.
Another ugly face of discrimination delineated by the UP government was when soaps and shampoos were handed only to Dalits prior to a meet with the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. One of my virtual friends Asang Wankhede had penned a very powerful poem confronting the incident. Let the discrimination terminate and that should be terminated by the class which initialized the same.
Meena Verma, the UK director of the Dalit Solidarity Network, a group of individuals and group fighting against caste discrimination but there is a little reprise.
Another report states,
“If you have not been the victim of caste discrimination then naturally you think it doesn’t exist. Sadly, for those have suffered there is no remedy for redressal in the current provisions if they are discriminated against based on their caste?” However, the position has been opposed by right-wing groups like the Hindu Council UK, which seeks to represent the interests of British Hindus in policymaking. In fact, these groups have called the government’s move an “interference” and have now launched an attack on the campaign to ban discrimination.
All these instances clearly prove that discrimination does not coincide with poverty. A poor Brahmin and upper caste discriminates and so is a well educated Brahmanised mind.
Author – Niranjana Das