Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ToI asks for a rethink on OBC reservation

[Over] the years, caste has increasingly become synonymous with class for the purpose of reservation. There is enough evidence to suggest that OBCs such as Yadavs in the north and Nadars in the south, to name a few, have benefited greatly from reservation and cannot be considered backward anymore.

They have become dominant groups in terms of political and economic clout. Conversely, those who for various reasons have not been able to profit from reservation continue to languish. The latter group is now referred to as the Most Backward Classes, resulting in a hierarchy within the OBCs.

The time is ripe for a rethink on the OBC category and the policy of equating caste with class. [...]

In its editorial today.