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Reservation and the little schoolboy who sells newspapers in running trains

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In Public Interest

The reservation system or quota in jobs and educational institutions as guaranteed under the Indian constitution coupled with the benefit of reservation in promotion for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as introduced and perpetuated by several State Governments, including the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, is playing havoc with the lives of millions of people who do not fall in the reserved category.

The reservation system provides an opportunity to the well-off among the reserved category to enter the portals of higher learning, get the best of government jobs and rise the ladders of success without hurdles, while the poor among them continue to languish in poverty and utter backwardness. The reservation system,initially introduced for ten years in 1950, has got institutionalized as all political parties treat it as an instrument to keep the SCs and STs on their side when it comes to the politics of vote.

The little schoolboy in this video is from the unreserved category. He lost his father when he was just 2 or 3 years old. He sells newspapers in running trains to earn some money to support his family needs. He has two brothers. His eldest brother, who secured 95 per cent marks in high school has got the merit scholarship but unlike the SC and ST students, neither he nor his other brother who got 85 per cent marks in his last exam receive any help. When asked whether he would like to seek help from State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the boy replied with a human touch and said: “I am not alone. There are hundreds of thousands like me who are suffering.”

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