Equality of Opportunity in Indian Constitution



violent demonstrators set fire to vehicles

People of ‘jat’ community in Haryana state of India shook the whole nation by resorting to violent means to get their demand for reservation accepted by the government. The violence resulted in the killings of at least a dozen people, while many more suffered injuries.
The issue of reservation in jobs has long been troubling the government as well as the pubic as strikes or demonstrations often turn violent, causing significant damage to life and property. Whenever I listen about such incidents, I helplessly start brooding over, “Who is responsible for the problem?”
Makers of the India Constitution made special provisions to help and support weaker and depressed sections of the society. For instance, Article 16 in Part III of the constitution declares “equality of opportunity”. It means all people, irrespective of religion, race, sex, descent, place of birth or resident, have equal opportunity to employment or appointment to any office.
But, the government made special provision in Article 16 (4) to reserve a fraction of jobs for members of scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST).  Originally, these special provisions were meant to remain in force for just ten years. But “vote back politics” prevented the government from taking the bold step of putting an end to these controversial provisions.  
As the controversial provisions of reservations continue even today, decades after the nation’s independence, the Jat community, which has never remained low and dejected or weaker than other communities, is trying to take advantage of the situation to bend the government to its benefit.         
2/22/2016
Equality of Opportunity in Indian Constitution


violent demonstrators set fire to vehicles

People of ‘jat’ community in Haryana state of India shook the whole nation by resorting to violent means to get their demand for reservation accepted by the government. The violence resulted in the killings of at least a dozen people, while many more suffered injuries.
The issue of reservation in jobs has long been troubling the government as well as the pubic as strikes or demonstrations often turn violent, causing significant damage to life and property. Whenever I listen about such incidents, I helplessly start brooding over, “Who is responsible for the problem?”
Makers of the India Constitution made special provisions to help and support weaker and depressed sections of the society. For instance, Article 16 in Part III of the constitution declares “equality of opportunity”. It means all people, irrespective of religion, race, sex, descent, place of birth or resident, have equal opportunity to employment or appointment to any office.
But, the government made special provision in Article 16 (4) to reserve a fraction of jobs for members of scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST).  Originally, these special provisions were meant to remain in force for just ten years. But “vote back politics” prevented the government from taking the bold step of putting an end to these controversial provisions.  
As the controversial provisions of reservations continue even today, decades after the nation’s independence, the Jat community, which has never remained low and dejected or weaker than other communities, is trying to take advantage of the situation to bend the government to its benefit.