Today is Ambedkar Jayanti, the birth anniversary of one of the greatest fighters against social inequities in our country. I truly admire this man who not only rose from poverty , overcame discrimination but also tried to uplift those others from his society. Unfortunately today I think democratisation of society has led to more ills than a society that was fragmented with societal walls.
A level playing field is just not a practical solution because all of us have different skill sets and mental abilities. And besides , each task has its place in the world. A simple illustration is our own hand. The thumb can never be replaced by any other digit and occupies a unique place in the human anatomy. Similarly, each and every organ or body part has a unique role to play and there is no question of interchanging functions or a hierarchical structure among them.
Why is it then that we try to impose equality among human beings? A fast runner will always be a fast runner just as a coconut tree can never bear mangoes. Forcing schools to admit 25% of their pupils as those from the underprivileged section of society will not remove social inequality nor will it promote harmonious co-existence of different peoples? Communities have evolved over centuries of human existence and have served a certain purpose. Trying to break barriers by having a “seamless” or flat social structure creates quite the opposite of an ordered universe – one which is governed by no rules and a confusion caused by the blurring of a distinct identity.
Growing up is a traumatic time for children and for children from poorer homes to fit in with rich kids is not only difficult but well nigh impossible. As it is parents have a tough time keeping up with “peer pressure” and those parents from economically backward sections of society will have an even harder time to do so. Moreover, I think the Supreme Court’s decision totally violates the individual’s right to freedom of choice. Why should a parent not have a choice who his children should mix with?
When the Chief Justice’s grand daughter marries his driver’s son I wonder if he will be happy that he insisted his grand daughter’s school admit the drivers son.