Some of us aren't academically inclined. We trudge through degrees and professional qualifications only because we don't have fortunes to back up our fancies. Some of us are (by birth and no fault of our own) Brahmins. For those of us who are both, this is bad news.
I will never apply to an IIM or a IIT anyway, but I might apply to Delhi University (incidentally the description of DU as a 'premiere' institution, tickles me no end) and probably will to JMI. So since I am am but an average student I have even lesser of a chance now.
The same article tells me that institutions like St. Stephens will probably pick their way around the reservation rigmarole because they are minority institutions. Anyone who has ever attempted to get through Stephens will tell you that the cut-offs are anyway unreasonable.
So the point is this– If I am a Brahmin (and I don't want to get a fake OBC certificate) and I am an average student, I therefore in all likelihood land up nowhere. The government in effect is telling me that I have no business being an average student. I can only imagine that the government believes that fifty percents are an insult to the intellectual history of the Brahminical classes.
So now here is my choice. Study at a below average institution and don't get as recognised a degree and therefore land up with a second rate job. Or I apply abroad– get a partial scholarship (because I am not a dunderhead), find out that loans are meant for the rich and then give up. I suppose the latter seems the happiest.
I do not discrimate on the basis of caste, at least not consciously. As a matter of fact, all that I want to be able to get a reasonable education, without having to be outstandingly brilliant. Most people would agree, that the Mandal Commission has been an absolute failure. Why, pray tell me, can we not to move to a more equitable form of reformative measure?