Initially I was undecided about the issue of Government including Caste data in the Census but as I heard more and more of the debates around the issue, I became convinced that it is important if not vital that we do this asap.
I dont say this coz I care about Caste equations and other equations.
I support it simply coz Caste based reservation is although wrong but it sadly is here to stay. So when we are proving a proportion based qouta to the reserved classes, don’t we need to know the numbers first? How can we provide reservations today based on data of 1931.
Its only logical that to solve a problem you need to know all the figures related to it completely.
There is no point denying the existence of castes coz it is very much there. Open any matrimonial newspaper or site and you’ll know what I mean. People care more about the caste of the bride/groom rather than their compatibility with each other.
Therefore, ignoring caste in today’s India would be like a ostrich poking his head in the sand hoping the danger will pass away. But that doesnt happen, does it?
The move is a win win situation for all coz …….well, the truth never hurts.
If the census says that the reserved castes are less then 50% of the whole population then the quota will have to be reduced, benefitting the general classes.
But if the census says that its more, even in that case it is good for the common people coz the qouta will go up. And hopefully the institutions will add more seats(like they did for the OBC qouta) and thus, reducing competition for the general people and also, more and more reserved seats will get converted to general category.
Although this isnt a very convincing argument in favor of the caste census but lesser competition in the general category isn’t really the reason behind this.
We need the caste census coz the problem of casteism cant be solved by ignoring it. It is time we face the problem head on. It is time to not act ignorant.It is time for the real facts to come out. It is time.
And for all those who say that our founding fathers chose to never let this happen in independent India coz they wanted a casteless India. So, even we shouldnt. All that I can say is that, they didnt even want to have qouta for more than 15 years. But it is still there. Casteless India is a near impossibility. The circumstances of today are not the same as those of 1947.
Times have changed and so should our system. Coz, ‘Ignorance is bliss’ no longer. And esp. true for the growing casteism.