Why Reservation is a Bad Idea

Atanu Dey presents the most coherent arguments that I have come across on why the government’s plan to introduce reservations in higher education in India is a bad idea.

Allocating quotas and reserving seats for economically backward classes (and for other historically discriminated and disadvantaged groups) in higher educational institutions is economically inefficient, morally wrong, strategically flawed, and tactically ineffective. The policy does not help the underclass and ends up victimizing both the underclass and the so-called privileged class. The policy epitomizes what is called a lose-lose solution, while foregoing a win-win situation.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.