Thursday, September 07, 2006

Nehru on Reservations - Congress, Sonia Jee, Arjun Singh Jee - Did you Read Or is it a case of Selective Amnesia !

Pandit Nehru’s letter to Chief Ministers on June 27, 1961

I have referred above to efficiency and to our getting out of our traditional ruts. This necessitates our getting out of the old habit of reservations and particular privileges being given to this caste or that group. The recent meeting we held here, at which the chief ministers were present, to consider national integration, laid down that help should be given on economic considerations and not on caste. It is true that we are tied up with certain rules and conventions about helping Scheduled Castes and Tribes. They deserve help but, even so, I dislike any kind of reservation, more particularly in service. I react strongly against anything which leads to inefficiency and second-rate standards. I want my country to be a first class country in everything. The moment we encourage the second-rate, we are lost.

The only real way to help a backward group is to give opportunities for good education. This includes technical education, which is becoming more and more important. Everything else is provision of some kind of crutches which do not add to the strength or health of the body. We have made recently two decisions which are very important: one is, universal free elementary education, that is the base; and the second is scholarships on a very wide scale at every grade of education to bright boys and girls, and this applies not merely to literary education, but, much more so, to technical, scientific and medical training. I lay stress on bright and able boys and girls. I have no doubt that there is a vast reservoir of potential talent in this country if only we can give it opportunity.

But if we go in for reservations on communal and caste basis, we swamp the bright and able people and remain second-rate or third-rate. I am grieved to learn of how far this business of reservation has gone based on communal consideration. It has amazed me to learn that even promotions are based sometimes on communal and caste considerations. This way lies not only folly, but disaster. Let’s help the backward groups by all means, but never at the cost of efficiency. How are we going to build our public sector or indeed any sector with second-rate people?



At 10:03 PM, Anonymous whiskypriest said...

culd have excused them for not remembering nehru - after all thats quite some time back! but they have chosen to forget rajiv's anti-reservation views as well!!

At 2:30 AM, Blogger Sukanya M said...

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At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nehurus word is not gospel to be followed today.

the usa, whom everyone in this country is hell bent on aping has had affirmative action in its universities for decades now and it has worked wonderfully and no one has accused us universities of falling standards!

the people who benefit from reservation presently come in as 'reserved' but have to pass the same tests- adn they do! the reason why they deserve reservation is beccause a majority of these people come from backgrounds which are far worse than u and i.

I am from the upper caste, btw, and have personally sufferred due to reservation- but i whole heartedly suport the concept anyway.

At 4:05 AM, Anonymous Akela said...

Dear Mr Anonymous - pls don't hide behind anonymity.

You have misrepresented the facts.

Affirmative Action is NOT a Law. Reservations is a Law.
Reserved Candidates INDEED have LOWER pass percentage.
And the folks who will BENEFIT without doubt, are not poor and down-troden, BUT the CREAMY LAYER.


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