The Reservation of Thoughts

The movie “Aarakshan” is the new hot potato. It is surrounded by all sorts of controversies, right from the speculation of being anti-reservation to containing dialogues that might stir proletariat sentiments. The apprehensions regarding the release of the movie are appreciable in the sense that this is the liberty that a democratic form of government endorses. But, at the same time, there is another aspect of the issue which is a much needed pabulum.

It is not that the masses have never thought or talked about the reservation issue earlier. This issue has gathered attention even much before the movie might have been anywhere in existence. So it is not right to say that the movie might lead to disharmony or riots. Anyone and everyone who attends college knows about the reservation system in the country. An 18yr old is the best person to tell you about the quota system in the country. The issue is not whether it is right or wrong, it is not a black and white case, there are grey shades and a common justification does not hold true for everyone.

What is worth giving a serious thought is that a kid does not know who belongs to which what category, about reservation or what the quota system is all about. He/she is unaware of the caste system that prevailed/prevails in the country. The moment the kida person is about to enter college, he realizes what the caste system is all about. He is introduced to the caste based society that our ancestors had created. Even if he was unaware of what a brahmin Brahmin or shudra Shudra is, our education system ensures that he is exposed to the system. We are creating a caste based society. I am not completely against the system but against the impact the system is leaving on our society, by bifurcating it on lines of caste.

Coming back to the movie, what Mr. P.L. Puniya and his commission need to comprehend is that a movie which will show us the mirror image of what is happening in the country i.e. with which we are well acquainted, cannot possibly stir public sentiment. However, aware of the notorious elements in our country whothat are always on the prawl for issues that disrupt national harmony, I respect the minister’s concern, but our security forces are able enough to deal with the hooligans.

Therefore, letslet’s not be paranoid about the kind of cinema being made in the country., cinematic Cinematic liberty should be respected, and lets not jump to conclusions, probably the movie potraysportrays some aspect of the issue which has been neglected. Let’s give the movie a chance and be a mature audience and live upto the democratic principles of which we Indians boast.

Let’s not reserve our thoughts and think the way we are have been conditioned to but let’s see different point of views and come to a consensus after that.

Sanyam Kumar