Yesterday I was watching Surya putra “Karna” a mythological serial…episode was after Mahabharata when Yudhisthira eldest son of Pandavas was announced as king of Hastinapur, after taking oath as a king his first announcement was every person would be recognised on the basis of his work, skill expertise instead of its caste, creed and class system. As in those days’ various salutations used to describe a person was based on person’s cast, kingdom, job. The ordinance was to make the kingdom peaceful and to pay tribute to the Karna (first son of Kunti) who died fighting for the rights of equality.
Karna was always introduced as a son of charioteer (Sut-putra) all along his life. He was keen to acquire the warfare education from Dronacharya or Guru Drona who was master of advanced military arts, divine weapons or astras. but he was refused by Dronacharya as his student because he was not a Kshatriya… after that Karna decided to persuade Parashurama for Brahmastra mantra but he knew that Parashurama also gave instructions to Brahmin only so he disguised himself as Brahmin to be accepted as a shishya (disciple). After some time when his identity got disclosed, Parashurama got annoyed and cursed him that he had learnt through deceit, he shall forget the vidya (skill) which he had been thought. The purpose of highlighting Karna story is that despite being karna’s skill and talent of being the greatest warrior & best archer he was not able to receive the education because he was a Sut putra. during the Mahabharta Shri Krishna also addressed Arjun that karna is equal/better than him and he is only one who could defeat him.
The gist of story is that a great war has been fought, many died to ensure the right to equality, to unite all people in a single system & now a day’s people themselves have reversed the situation by dividing on the basis of caste system to get reservations for education and government jobs. There are many examples of protest going on in our country, one of was in starting of july 2015 by the people of Indians patidar community seeking other backward class (OBC) status or most recent was Jat reservation agitation in February 2016 by the jat community of north India seeking for OBC category, protests paralysed the state for 10 days including many violent and nonviolent actions……
My point is that there is no need of reservations if someone has talent and skill. People should be awarded education and jobs on the basis of capability & expertise not for any category or groupies or so on. There should be a single system in our country…equality for all…if you want to get something……get it with your capability……we can see many examples around us who triumph without any category or reservation system.
It’s time for us to come forward not to lead us back or divide again in our category or class based system of ancient time. Or do once again we have to wait for a “Karna” who has to die again for equality right to unite us, another leader like Yudhishthira who has courage to make a change or another Mahabharata to get start…………….???
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