There was a time when it was essential to accord maximum benefits to those belonging to different castes which are considered to be socially and economically backward and, to be frank we can now be proud of the fact that the country was able to lift them up, much to the delight of all of us.

The Political Parties in India did have differences on various issues but on the question of caste-based reservations they were like birds of same feather, flocking together.

But, the so-called forward castes were totally sidelined despite the fact that they had to (and still have to!) face so many challenges ranging from lack of wealth or any sort of concessions. It is high time the politicians did something to help them overcome several hurdles thrust on them.