The OBC script
Excellent post that points out how reservations to OBCs are unfair to SC/STs.
Whatever one’s views on reservation, the claims of OBCs are not the same as those of SCs/STs. Our founding fathers were wise to recognise that. OBCs have been capitalising on a narrative of injustice which is not theirs, and in the process compounding greater injustice.
The current debate is being totally hijacked by talk of merit. The real issue is more like this.
"Now, my friends we have all come to the point where a quota system is going to be impilemented whether you like it or not. Let us talk about *who* the OBCs are and their actual station in society, before giving them the benefits" This is the line of thinking we should be pursuing.
Everyone knows, any increase in the number of seats reserved to OBCs will instantly be cornered by wealthy and educated OBCs like Mudaliars, Lingayats, Pillais, and others. This is because these communities have really smart students who can easily beat the Forward castes exams and in the university proper. Why would they not ? They attend the best schools, are well respected in society, have both parents and grandparents who are educated, have access to the best tuition classes, and so forth.