Vivek Sarda

As Interviewed by Ansh Sarda, March 16, 2018

Vivek Sarda: In His Own Words

The Caste System during my time, was, again, prevalent. I was on the... The government was actually a socialist government. So from that stance the policies in India during that time were socialist and they continued to be socialist.

There is no right solution to the problem, but I was on the receiving end because I did not belong to the disenfranchised people, the castes. And so, for example, when I was applying for a college, 87 percent of the seats in the college were reserved for the people from the past or disfranchised castes.

It was not necessarily economically backward, but it was culturally backward.

And a lot of times, while some kids were deserving of that help, I found that over 80 percent of it was misused. So, I had to apply through the... I was part of the general quota. So you have to imagine, 40 percent of the population is coming from the caste system, and they had 87 percent of the seats. So the rest, 60 percent of the population, had to apply for 13 percent of the seats.

It was the government’s way of trying to bring up the 40 percent who had been treated unfairly in the past -- but at the same time it came at the cost of treating the 60 percent majority unfairly.

If the policies were put in place for a couple of decades, I know a few generations would have only bore the brunt of it. But these policies were now in force for 50 plus years. And once the policy’s in place it is very difficult to undo or to remove or to explain to people why it’s past its time. And we need to change it. So change is very slow in India, and people suffer in both the entry point and exit point of any policy.