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HC to Hardik, Work for nation not just for a community

Introduction – There is a news that a judge of Gujrat High Court faces impeachment by Parliament for making the following remark in his recent Judgement on Hardik Patel case on reservations – “if I am asked by anyone to name two things, which has destroyed this country or rather has not allowed the country to progress in right direction, then the same is (I) Reservation and (ii) Corruption.

The division bench of Rajasthan High Court (Justice GK Vyas) advised Hardik Patel who spearheaded the Patidar movement to work for the unity of the nation instead of a community or its reservation, saying “you belong to the community and state Sardar Patel belonged to. He had worked for the integration of the entire nation and not for a community. … Is it becoming of you to work for a specific community despite being from Patel’s land and his community? He has put his entire might and life for this nation.” (On September 6, 2016, p. 9)

It is a matter of concern for people and leaders of this country to ask for reservation after 69 years of Independence. Original Constitution wanted reservation for 10 years to bring marginalized sections of society into mainstream. But after every ten years, the constitution has been amended and its its time-frame has been extended. The countrymen should stand up and hone their skills rather than indulging in violence over reservation. A minuscule number of people from weaker sections could really be benefited from this policy. Reservations has sowed the seeds of discord amongst various sections of society.

India, still, is a transient society moving from traditionalism to modernism. It is passing through a period of great turmoil. Because of some basic problems of Indian economy are – low per capita income, dependence of at least ¾ of her population on agriculture, industrial backwardness, capital deficiency, rapid population growth, unemployment and under-employment, prevalence of backward technology, under-utilization of natural resources and unsuitable social structures, the development of the nation has been very slow and the economy is still in a bad shape.  The systems sideline honest officials. Political-rivalries are growing. And with it are increasing one-up-man-ship, social-media-trials, moral-vigilantism, and judicial-processes have together led the nation to an atmosphere, where a deep distrust has been developed in peoples’ mind for systems and ‘others’.

The nation is facing many challenges at social front also. Generally law follows social change, but in India the Government is trying to foster social change through law. Pervasive corruption and indiscipline has weakened the social fabric beyond repair.   Population is exploding virtually unchecked. Standards of education have declined and it has become inefficient, wasteful, dysfunctional and increasingly unrelated to national needs and aspirations. Illiteracy of masses is still a problem in the society even 70 years after the Independence. Some unpleasant changes have taken place in the recent past and are increasing every day in the character, role and inter-relationship of the six-seven main constituent of the national elites – the political executive, the legislators, media, the businessmen, the organised workers, the surplus farmers and the bureaucrats. Sectoral and regional imbalances are also sources of great social and psychological tensions.

Follow the teachings of Gandhiji – In such a situation, people of India must understand and follow what Gandhiji had very rightly said that there is “no –

  • Wealth without work,
  • Pleasure without conscience,
  • Knowledge without character, 
  • Commerce without morality,
  • Science without humanity, 
  • Politics without principles, and 
  • Worship without sacrifice.” (Gandhi)

Therefore, common-men and elites of the society must work hard, honestly and sincerely.

True development – People expect too much from the government for their uplift, while they themselves have stopped making their own efforts to move forward and join mainstream. As Julius ‘Mwalimu’ Nyerere (Tanzania) comments on true development, “Man is developing himself when he grows or earns, enough to provide decent conditions for himself and his family; he is not being developed if someone gives him these things.”  Jacques Santer says, “A quota is always something artificial that can last for a certain period of time.”  The political leaders need to understand that expanding quotas can not address the problem of underdevelopment, unemployment or youths’ frustration arising from the growth of  jobless youth.

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September 6, 2016 - Posted by | Reservation/Affirmative action program | , ,

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