from a professor at iim bangalore.
i have been following the 'merit' argument, and i think there is no more 'merit' among the forward castes than there is among the backward castes. it's the inevitable bell curve in action.
i believe there should be caste-based reservation, but it should apply across the board to all educational institutions. christists and mohammedans should not get a free ride. you cannot have equality in some areas and massive subsidies in others. otherwise, there will need to be separate everything, for instance, there should be a price for toothpaste for christists and mohammedans: that will be 20% over the price for hindus.
reservation is the discriminatory 'pricing' for the fact that lower caste people still face glass ceilings and so forth.
reservation levels can be kept as they are -- people are used to it -- and slowly reduced over time so that we can avoid the 'competitive backwardness' we see today.
but the real answer is to increase opportunities, get the stifling dirigiste nehruvian state out of the picture, and allow people to flourish, as they did in places like singapore, taiwan, thailand etc. the good professor has a point.
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