• Putting forward a strong opposition to the currently proposed 27% quota for OBC’s in the central educational institutions.
  • Mobilizing corporate opinion on the issue and encouraging senior management in companies & corporate umbrella bodies (e.g. Nasscom, CII etc) to take a firm stand on the issue.
  • Demand the set up of a neutral body comprising of people from judiciary, sociology and economic departments to publish a white paper on what has been achieved using the existing tool of reservations for SC/STs.
  • Demanding an autonomous constitutional body which is empowered for formulating policies regarding affirmative action in the country. We also demand a comprehensive enhancement of primary and secondary education in the country and providing financial support & reservations to the deprived sections at that level mainly on the parameter of economic backwardness.
  • A time-bound, results oriented framework from the govt. for dismantling of the existing structure of reservations from all parts of the society.


  • The parameters for determining the OBCs have been ambiguous, which has recently forced the SC to ask the govt. about the norms for fixing the OBC category. This ambiguity in categorization has been particularly used by political parties for political mileage like the BJP declaration of Jats under the OBC quota in Rajasthan 5 years ago, just before the elections.


  • According to 8th Planning commission: Drop-out rates or SCs & STs in class I to VIII was as high as 69.15 and 80.19% respectively.


  • As per the school drop-out data of 2002-2003, while drop-out rate for general category students is 62.59%, for SCs it was 71.92% and STs it was 80.29% - This goes to show the dismal state of primary education in the country, in general, and abominable state of the backward classes, in particular. So while the general category is in more-or-less an equally pitiable condition and cannot fight.


  • While on one-hand, the govt. states that reservations will also have to be introduced in the education & private sectors to restore parity amongst the different classes in the country, it specifically states that no such reservation policy should be introduced in the defense sector so as to prevent the dilution of quality in this sphere. This clearly shows the understanding of the government that reservation does lead to non-optimal solutions. Hence, the only way to eradicate this problem is to somehow include merit as a substantially important factor in selection processes to get the best out of the system.
  • Reservation in Tamil Nadu can be declared as a failure on two counts: Even after three-quarters of a century, the backward castes are unwilling to compete openly. There are third, even fourth generation beneficiaries of reservation who are unable to get over their dependence on the handicaps reservation provides for them. It appears, reservation is a crutch, not a remedy. The success of backward castes in Tamil Nadu appears to be partly due to emigration of upper castes: There are few Brahmins, Mudaliars, Naidus, Pillais or Chettiars to contend with; There is no analysis how far the loss of so much human capital has hurt (or helped) the State.




Saikat Chaudhuri

Flextronics Software Systems

Amit Arora

General Motors

Swapnil Ayachit

Flextronics Software Systems

Anirudh Sangal

Tata Consultancy Services

Satvik Sarwade