Heights of Reservation!

Grandfather (took benefits from reservation) : Worked in Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

Father (took benefits from reservation) : Worked as an Engineer in Indian Telecom Service

Mother (took benefits from reservation) : Worked as an Engineer in Indian Engineering Service

And even Tina Dabi filled her IAS form from the SC Category.

Tina Dabi scores of prelims : Paper 1=96.66 , CUTOFF GEN=107.33 , OBC =106 ,SC=94 -> so officially she passed upsc preliminary as a reserved category candidate -> used the quota ->She couldn't have even cleared general cutoff.

52.8 percent is what she scored in her mains!

Stop making her a hero of the UPSC exam.

Now, the question arises, will Tina's children apply from general category? The Answer is No. Even they will also be eligible to avail the benefits of reservation. There is no limit on how many times a so called SC family can take reservation benefits.

And when someone says that reservation system needs to be reviewed. Whole media and all MPs start targeting him.

The curious case of Tina Dabi and Kuldeep Dwivedi

Leave aside Mr. Ankit Srivastava as many are arguing that being a failed candidate he is just making an issue out of nothing.

Take the example of Kuldeep Dwivedi. He is a Brahmin by caste and hence can’t be privileged to get age relaxation, more number of attempts, concession in fees and above all low minimum qualifying marks – cut off. But, why should one choose Kuldeep Dwivedi who got 242 All India Rank? Is it fair to compare AIR 1 to AIR 242

The comparison becomes necessary to focus on economic background. Kuldeep’s father is a security guard working with Lucknow University. If you are thinking that he is having a government job then you are wrong. Surya Kant Dwivedi, the father of Kuldeep, is working for SIS Securities which has a contract with Lucknow University and hence he drew salary from SIS. Before joining SIS, he paid Rs. 1200 to the company as a security for dress. Being an upper caste, he can’t claim any social security. He doesn’t hold any ‘red card’ for PDS. He is not considered Below Poverty Line, because this line is factually incorrect and a person earning Rs. 8000 per month can't be under BPL category, but that can be easily gotten by someone belonging to so-called low caste.

Tina's father is General Manager with BSNL. Her mother is also an IES. She had always lived in Delhi without any overt or covert economic issues or even social issues.

Who should be your role model – Kuldeep with 242 rank in 3rd attempt or Tina with 1st Rank in her 1st attempt?

Kuldeep Dwivedi has fetched far much more marks than Tina Dabi in Civil Services Prelims. He had to devote time for Prelims, while Tina started Mains preparation directly.

Tina is just an example. There is no denying that she is an inspiration for all young girls of India. But, she is a way to show how Reservation system is being exploited by top layer of the social strata in a particular category. Children of IAS officers of SC category are easily cracking Civil Services Examination or IIT JEE and CAT, among other prestigious competitive exams. While dalits living in village are unable to cope up with new competition that even they are seeing in their category. It is not about Tina Dabi, it is about other SC candidates who could have ‘rightfully’ used the reservation policy.

This is why I hate Reservation. Love to hate it too.

Credit: BNR Gupta

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