Almost everybody has an opinion about reservations. I usually don't have any 'opinion' about most of the things/issues. This one is a similar issue.
I am not comfortable with reservations. Yes, that's true, I am not at all 'at home' with all the reservations for SC/ST and OBCs. My colleague called me about two weeks ago asking about any friend who was in IIT from quota, and I didn't have any names in my mind for 5 minutes. I don't categorize my friends by their caste (not entirely true) and I don't think if a person I am working with is eligible for quotas. I consider reservations to be a way of 'discrimination'. While we should be trying to eradicate the caste system, the reservations make sure that caste system is here to stay. I don't like it.
I think we should have reservations. Inspite of what I said in last paragraph, I believe that it would help Indian economy if we have reservations. I don't necessarily agree with the 'caste' based reservations and will be more happy if a 'economic status' based system can be implemented; but I know that unfortunately caste based system is 'still' a 'good enough' approximation. Since its an assumption it would be rather easy for people to point out exceptions (I know that there are a LOT of them). But its 'one of the best approximations'.
In the long run it will help India if 'all its classes' are equally educated. I may see overall quality of 'output' decrease for some time. I don't know if it will continue for 50 years or 100 or more/less. But 'eventually' we will have a more balanced system in place.
I think that all backward classes can still profit from reservations.
Do I make any sense? I am not going to read it again :-P