This post, shared by a friend at work, highlights the effects of caste based reservations in India. It is sad that students resort to submitting blank answer sheets to multiple choice type entrance exams (original news link).
Kudos to the Medical Council of India for still mandating a minimum cutoff. That aside, how depressing that in a country marred by shortage of education at all levels, there are unmotivated people who are encouraged to get into a reservation mindset at this early age.
This is not to say that all reservation is bad, or unnecessary. India has a vast legacy of socio-economic inequalities, due to which some of the lower castes have been suffering, both economically and by being social out castes. It would be impractical to think of a simple solution, on either side of the balance – whether it is by introducing reservation as is being done today, or, on the other hand, by removing reservation altogether.
A fine balance needs to be attained in creating policies which help the most deserving (read unprivileged/poor/socially backward today, rather than due to some historical classification) young minds to work hard and make the most out of the opportunities that are provided to them. Opportunities that are, like it or not, scarce, and provided to a given set of people at the expense of another group.