33% reservation for women, 33% for OBC, 33% for minority community, 33% for the disabled, 33% for this and 33% for that. Do such reservations really help? How can a 33% reservation empower women or anyone for that matter?
People have the choice to join or not to join a particular career. If the women themselves do not want to join politics, will those reserved seats lie idle, without any representation? And those who want to join do not need any reservation. They make way for themselves crossing every hurdle. Sonia Gandhi did it, so did Rabri Devi (straight out of the kitchen). And who dares stop our Railway minister, Mamata Banerjee. They all come from different background, representing various sections of the society. Reservation will in fact bring in more Rabri devis, whose ambitious husbands will actually rule by sending the wife to the parliament!
Allocating funds for the upliftment of the backward section of society is understandable. But reserving seats in Parliament does not seem to provide any encouraging outcome. Let people, whether men or women, prove their worth and reserve a seat for themselves. Leadership is not something which can be developed by reservations. The urge to do something for the people should come from within. No one is stopping women from contesting elections! Let them contest, win and then go to the parliament. Contesting and winning proves that she/he is capable of handling the responsibilities. More women in the parliament would certainly encourage the women to take up this path, but women who fight their way to the post will always be better inspirations.
Politicians are so obsessed with this reservation thing that they see no reason behind their demand for reservation, other than garnering votes. Even in a field like medicine and engineering, we have reservations. Different cut-off marks for different communities to get admission in these courses, is ridiculous. Medicine, engineering or any professional, higher fields require a certain minimum level of intelligence. Only those who have the required aptitude should be allowed. How can a person, belonging to any community, who just manages to get 30% marks in the entrance exams, be a good doctor or engineer? Even if such a person does manage to get the degree,( thanks to the reservation/quota system), he/she can never prosper on the job where knowledge has to be applied in the practical. So they can hardly earn a decent living for themselves. Diagnosing, analyzing, solving problems need brain, not reservation. Seeking upliftment for the backward classes is certainly desired, but not at the cost of human life! Only deserving candidates should get the seats.
Reserve seats at the basic level. Primary education is a must for all. Encourage basic education among the backward classes. Reserve seats in schools; allocate funds for the health and education of the poor. Prepare them to compete. Encourage and inspire them to aim high in life by introducing the various options available. Give them the required support at the primary stage and then let them take off on their own. Create the environment so that the people from the backward sections rise on their own.
Reserving seats in buses and trains for the handicapped, senior citizens and women is right, but reservations in fields like politics is useless and reservation in fields like medicine & engineering is simply dangerous.