When I walk through any urban slum, or for that matter a basti where income levels are low, there is no health centre in sight, and the nearest school is miles away. I am struck by the backward attitude towards the girl child. I see a place that is crying out for basic amenities like water, electricity, toilets and garbage disposal.
However and wherever I look, I do not see reservation as an issue of national importance.
I see children who have dropped out of school because either the parents wanted them to start earning a living, or because they failed a class and they have nowhere to turn to. I see malnourishment, neglect, apathy.
Before we get into complex issues of reviving the caste system and creating reservations for affluent OBC's who managed to pass high school with good or decent grades, I see the need for meaningful and effective programs that will ensure basic literacy for all, empowerment of women, improvement in the status of the girl child...
Let us start with Literacy. It is the basic ingredient that will change the face of India. Once everyone is literate and empowered, we can take a look at the can of worms that is reservation.
Until then, feast your eyes on the eyecatching posters created by Subbu. (In the blog below). Order one. Help a child get literate. Help us create a population of people who will refuse to take on the status of second class citizen who had to resort to an OBC certificate to get admissions and jobs anywhere.
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