Why controversy over Tina Dabi’s UPSC success was sign of glaring ‘Casteism’


Anjali Rajoria

In 2012, the second rank holder in Civil Services Examination Madam Rukmani Riar scored 199 marks in the Preliminary Examination, while the cut off was 198. Which means that if she would have scored 1.5 marks less than her actual score in the prelims, she would probably not have qualified for Prelims, forget about figuring in the Final Merit List.

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So many frustrated candidates who could not make it to the final list but somehow managed to score more than Tina Dabi in the Preliminary stage started claiming that they are more deserving than the topper. And the posts of such frustrated candidates were not dismissed as laughable claims, rather they were widely shared and circulated by aspirants and very sadly, sometimes even by officers (serving and retired both.)

If this is not Casteism, what is? Few days back, a whatsapp message that was being shared on certain groups stated that our society forces women all the time to prove their ‘purity’, for lower castes to prove their ‘merit’ and for minorities to prove their ‘patriotism’… frankly, I am a proud Indian citizen and I did not like that message. But I am forced to think today… Was there some bit of truth in that message?

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